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  • Earthling 4:42 am on October 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Islam: Maidens of Paradise 

    A houri, in Islam, is a female virgin companion created as a reward for men in Paradise. Houris are described in the Islamic sacred texts as being beautiful, voluptuous, loving, modest, and faithful. Their eternal age is given as 33. According to the traditions, every man will be married to at least two houris; another figure given is 72. Martyrs are said to go to Paradise and receive 72 houris immediately upon dying. Houris will not bear children unless they want to, nor will they menstruate, urinate, defecate, or spit.

    Houris are mentioned a number of times in the Quran and described in more detail in the hadith, which are narrations containing the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.

    Etymology

    According to Muhammad Asad, the Arabic word “hour” or “houri” is the Arabic plural of “ahwar” or “hawra”, which both mean “a person who possesses the quality of hawar”; “hawar” designates whiteness of the heart, as well as the clear whiteness of the eye in contrast to the blackness of the iris. Some early Quran commentators, including al-Hasan al-Basri, understood the term “houri” to designate all righteous women.

    Physical appearance

    In the Quran, the houris are compared to rubies and coral. They are also repeatedly mentioned as being of equal age, and the word used can also be interpreted as meaning “well-matched.” They are described as having large, beautiful eyes, and “large” or “full” breasts. The age of the houris given in the hadith is 33. The hadith indicate that everyone in Paradise will be sixty cubits tall.

    Houris are described as being light-skinned, although there is also mention in the hadith of a black woman for someone who desires one. Houris are also described as being transparent, so that the marrow of their bones can be seen through their legs. One hadith mentions that a man will place his hands behind a woman’s shoulders and see his hand through her.

    Another quality mentioned in some hadith is that the bodies of houris will be like mirrors. Some hadith indicate that the houri’s cheek will be like a mirror in which the man can see his face; some mention the houri’s liver having this quality. A hadith says, “his inside will be a reflection of her and her inside will be a reflection of him.”

    The houri’s clothing will include a veil or hijab. The houri’s veil is described in the hadith as being “better than this world and everything in it.” Another hadith mentions a houri being dressed in seventy garments, all of which will be transparent for the man.

    Romantic and Sexual Relations

    The houris and their men will be in love with each other. For example, one hadith mentions that houris will say to their husbands “I swear by Allah, there is nothing in the Garden more handsome than you and there is nothing in the Garden more beloved to me than you.”

    Sexual relations in Paradise are described in the hadith as well. Men will go from pavilion to pavilion, enjoying sexual relations with their wives one at a time. One hadith mentions a man deflowering a hundred virgins in one morning. Another mentions a man being occupied in intercourse with one woman for forty years. It is specified that men will have endless sexual energy and will not suffer from impotence or fatigue. The houris are eternal virgins, meaning that their hymens will regenerate after intercourse.

    The houris are not only sexual partners, but they are also romantic companions with whom men will cohabit eternally. Houris are described as sitting on thrones, couches, or cushions, alongside their husbands. They reside in houses of pearls along with their husbands, and also may inhabit pavilions as they wait for their turn in amorous relations.

    Houris and Other Religions

    Some other religions feature descriptions of heavenly brides or maidens as well. Houris are also featured in Baha’ism, which acknowledges the Quranic descriptions as true. In Zoroastrianism, a righteous person is said to encounter a beautiful virgin maiden (Daena) after death; yet in Zoroastrianism the virgin is said to be an image of the person’s own moral qualities and behavior. Parallels can also be drawn between the houris and the Nymphs of Greek tradition, the Valkyries of Norse tradition, and the Apsaras of Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

    References

    https://quran.com/

    https://sunnah.com/

    http://www.muslimhope.com/HourisHeavenlyMaidensInIslam.htm

    https://everipedia.org/wiki/Houri/

    https://islamthebest123.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/the-hoors-of-jannah/

    Article written by me for Lunyr

     
  • Earthling 11:43 am on August 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dhikr, Islam, Islamic meditation, Islamic practices, Meditation, , , Sufi practices, Sufism   

    What is Dhikr? 

     

    Dhikr (also spelled Zikr) is an Islamic term designating the remembrance of Allah, either inwardly in the heart or outwardly with the tongue. Dhikr is a fundamental act of Islamic worship that is enjoined upon Muslims in the Quran. The word ‘dhikr’ literally means ‘remembering’ or ‘remembrance’. When done with the tongue, dhikr may be whispered silently or raised to any volume. Verbal dhikr is often done with prayer beads (tashbih).

    Dhikr may consist of the names of Allah, or of phrases relating to him such as “Allah is sufficient for us, and He is the best disposer of affairs.” Often the recitation of blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad (salawat) is included in the term dhikr. Dhikr may be done spontaneously, or based on formulas contained in prophetic narrations or litanies (awrad) received from a spiritual guide.

    Dhikr may be done alone or in unison with others in a group. Group dhikr is particularly characteristic of Sufism, but it is also found among other branches of Islam. Some Muslims who do not usually recite group dhikr will do so on special occasions such as the Eid and Mawlid celebrations.

    Dhikr may also be done silently. When done silently and with concentration, it may closely resemble other forms of meditation.

    The primary purpose of dhikr is to draw closer to Allah. It also serves to inwardly purify the person and help them become a better person. Muslims are encourged to do dhikr as much as possible.

    Sufi Dhikr

    Sufism involves a number of distinct forms of dhikr that are not part of mainstream practice: daily recitation of a litany (wird), group guided recitation of a litany (individually or in unison), the hadra which involves swaying or dancing while reciting dhikr, and various forms of musical performance and audition known as sema.

    The litanies recited are assigned by a Sufi shaykh, sometimes on an individual basis but often with the same litany for the entire tariqa (sufi group). Often there is a basic litany for the whole group, then individuals are given additional litanies to recite based on their individual needs. The recitation of the daily litanies may be prescribed at various times throughout the day and takes from minutes up to hours; in cases of intense spiritual practice, a shaykh may prescribe doing verbal dhikr all day long.

    The elements of the litany are principally ordinary dhikrs such as the names of Allah, common religious phrases, supplications, and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad. Other elements may include songs, poems, and writings of the Sufi shaykhs.

    Group dhikr organized by Sufi tariqas usually takes place at least weekly. Hadras may be less frequent. The hadra often involves men standing in a circle, linking their arms, and swaying side to side or rocking back and forth, while loudly reciting names of Allah. Hadras and sema may also involve whirling, a practice that was originated by Rumi. Sema is especially associated with the Mevlevi and Chishti Sufi orders.

    Special forms of dhikr such as sema and hadra were not prevalent or nonexistent in the first generations of Muslims. Sufis have been criticized for introducing undesirable innovations to Islam through new forms of dhikr, and they respond that the principle behind the dhikrs is orthodox even though the forms are original. Other branches of Islam often limit dhikr to the forms and litanies that were clearly practiced by the first generation of Muslims, on the basis that innovation is undesirable or forbidden.

    References

    Vision of Islam (Visions of Reality), by Sachiko Murata and William Chittick

    A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century, by Martin Lings

    https://abdurrahman.org/dhikr/

    https://www.britannica.com/topic/dhikr

    https://www.revolvy.com/topic/Sema&item_type=topic

    http://www.dar-al-masnavi.org/defense-of-sema.html

    http://www.sufischool.org/practises/dhikr.html

     
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