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Women in Jannah

by | Sep 17, 2019

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Women in Jannah are the most beautiful thing about Jannah. They are even more beautiful than Hoors.

One who desires and strives for the hereafter will surely get the best of it. Allah promises the best. And it is His Paradise, his masterpiece. Something that no eye has seen, no ear has ever heard, and no mind can imagine it.

مَّثَلُ ٱلْجَنَّةِ ٱلَّتِى وُعِدَ ٱلْمُتَّقُونَ ۖ فِيهَآ أَنْهَٰرٌ مِّن مَّآءٍ غَيْرِ ءَاسِنٍ وَأَنْهَٰرٌ مِّن لَّبَنٍ لَّمْ يَتَغَيَّرْ طَعْمُهُۥ وَأَنْهَٰرٌ مِّنْ خَمْرٍ لَّذَّةٍ لِّلشَّٰرِبِينَ وَأَنْهَٰرٌ مِّنْ عَسَلٍ مُّصَفًّى ۖ وَلَهُمْ فِيهَا مِن كُلِّ ٱلثَّمَرَٰتِ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ ۖ كَمَنْ هُوَ خَٰلِدٌ فِى ٱلنَّارِ وَسُقُوا۟ مَآءً حَمِيمًا فَقَطَّعَ أَمْعَآءَهُمْ

“The description of Paradise which the Muttaqoon have been promised is that in it are rivers of water, the taste and smell of which are never changed. There are Rivers of milk, the taste of which will remain unchanged. Rivers of wine that will be delicious to those who drink from it. And rivers of clear, pure honey. Every kind of fruit and forgiveness from their Lord will be for them.”

[AlQuran 47:15]

Women of World Superior to Hoors:

Umme Salamah (radi Allahu anha) narrates that she said to Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam):

“O Rasul Allah, are the women of this world superior or the hoors (of Paradise)?”

 He (sal Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) replied.

“The women of this world will have superiority over the hoors of Jannah. Just as the outer lining of a garment has superiority over the inner lining.”

Umme Salamah (radi Allahu anha) then asked, “O Rasul Allah, what is the reason for this?”

He answered, “Because they performed salah, fasted, and worshipped [Allah]. Allah will put light on their faces and silk on their bodies. [The human women in jannah] will be fair and wear green clothing and yellow jewellery. Their incense burners will be made of pearls, and their combs will be of gold.

They will say, ‘We are the women who will stay forever, and we will never die. We are the women who will always remain in comfort. And we will never undergo difficulty. We are the women who will stay, and we will never leave. Listen, we are happy women, and we will never become sad. Glad tidings to those men for whom we are and who are for us.'” [Tabrani]

As beautiful as Jannah’s hoors, Muslim women of this world will be far superior to them in Jannah. Imagine how wonderful those women will be who make it to Jannah. We only need to see how hoors are and then realise that they are of poor quality compared to the fineness of the righteous women Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) puts in Jannah.

Specifications of HOOR:

From the Quran and hadith literature, we learn that.

“a hoor is a most beautiful young woman with a transparent body. The marrow of her bones is visible like the interior lines of pearls and rubies. She looks like red wine in a white glass.” [Trmidhi]

A hoor has big, beautiful eyes, black irises, and intense white scleras. Hoor is a woman characterised by modesty and flexing glances. The woman never looks at any man except her husband. She feels grateful for being his wife and always harmonises with him.

A hoor is young, immortal, and does not age; she is free of hatred and speaks softly.

“She is white and free from routine physical disabilities such as menstruation, menopause, urinal and offal discharge, childbearing and the related pollution.” [Tirmidhi]

Having been brought up in luxury, she is a luxury herself.

“If a hoor looked down from her abode in Heaven onto the earth. The whole distance between Heaven and earth would fill with light and fragrance. Her face is more radiant than a mirror, and one can see one’s image in her cheek.” [Mishkat; volume 3]

Hoor and Muslim Women in Jannah:

When a man turns his face away from her, she becomes 70 times more beautiful. If she were to spit in the salty water of the seven oceans, then the oceans would turn sweeter than honey.

However, Muslim women will not feel jealous of the hoors as they will be far more beautiful and superior to the hoors. So, Righteous women enter Paradise, regardless of the age they died at or how they looked on earth. They will be much more stunning than the hoors of Jannah.

A hoor is one of the delights of Paradise. So, She is created in Paradise only for the sake of someone else. On the other hand, believing women will be themselves deserving of great rewards. And will be given these rewards in Jannah. This hadith tells us that Muslim women’s superiority over hoors is because they chose to worship Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) in this world.

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