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Does Paradise in Islam really have Homosexuality in it?
The sections of this article are:
1- Does Paradise in Islam really have Homosexuality in it?
2- Lesbians in Paradise? Will a believing single woman have a male or female
spouse in Paradise?
3- So what about the married (here on earth) believing men and women?
4- In Paradise everyone (men and women) will live happily.
5- How come women in Islam can't have multiple husbands if they are equal to men?
6- Further additions and explanations from Muslims.
1- Does Paradise in Islam really have Homosexuality in it?
It has come to my attention that a group of the Christian "Answering Islam" team are trying to spread the false idea that the Islamic Paradise will have Lesbians in it. They first tried to show that when Allah Almighty uses the word "Righteous" for the Muslims, He is referring to both men and women, which is absolutely correct. Let us look at the following Noble Verses:
"While he was standing in prayer in the chamber, the angels called unto him: 'God doth give thee glad tidings of Yahya, witnessing the truth of a Word from God, and (be besides) noble, chaste, and a prophet,- of the (goodly) company of the righteous.' (The Noble Quran, 3:39)"
"He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous. (The Noble Quran, 3:46)"
"They believe in God and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They are in the ranks of the righteous. (The Noble Quran, 3:114)"
"The life of this world is alluring to those who reject faith, and they scoff at those who believe. But the righteous will be above them on the Day of Resurrection; for God bestows His abundance without measure on whom He will. (The Noble Quran, 2:212)"
"Recite to them the truth of the story of the two sons of Adam. Behold! they each presented a sacrifice (to God): It was accepted from one, but not from the other. Said the latter: 'Be sure I will slay thee.' 'Surely,' said the former, "God doth accept of the sacrifice of those who are righteous.' (The Noble Quran, 5:27)"
"What is the life of this world but play and amusement? But best is the home in the hereafter, for those who are righteous. Will ye not then understand? (The Noble Quran, 6:32)"
"The day We shall gather the righteous to (God) Most Gracious, like a band presented before a king for honours, (The Noble Quran, 19:85)"
"Before this We wrote in the Psalms, after the Message (given to Moses): My servants the righteous, shall inherit the earth. (The Noble Quran, 21:105)"
The above Noble Verses are crystal clear about the word "righteous" referring to both men and women. The Paradise and Great Reward that Allah Almighty promised and prepared for the "righteous" is indeed meant for both men and women.
2- Lesbians in Paradise? Will a believing single woman have a male or female spouse in Paradise?
This is the section where the Christian "Answering Islam" team is clearly wrong in. They claim that since Allah Almighty called both men and women "righteous" in the Noble Verses above, and promised them to be joined together as "companions" as shown Noble Verses below, and didn't specify that men will be joined with women only, then He the Almighty meant that He will mix both genders together and allow them to have sexual relationships together as Gays and Lesbians. This conclusion from that bogus team is plain dumb! No woman will be a Lesbian, and no man will be a Gay in Paradise. Let us look at the following Noble Verses that the Christian "Answering Islam" team had used:
"Round about them will serve, (devoted) to them. Youths (handsome) as Pearls well-guarded. (The Noble Quran, 52:24)" "...Youths (handsome)..." is written in Arabic as "gilma-nun llahum". Gilma-nun literally means young males. This Noble Verse is talking about young male servants whom Allah Almighty Created for the service of the Believers in Paradise.
"Round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual (freshness), (The Noble Quran, 56:17)" "...youths of..." is written in Arabic this time as "wil-daa-nun", which literally means young boys. This Noble Verse is again talking about young male servants whom Allah Almighty Created for the service of the Believers in Paradise.
"And round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual (freshness): If thou seest them, thou wouldst think them scattered Pearls. (The Noble Quran, 76:19)" "youths of..." uses the same exact word in Noble Verse 56:17.
"And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord's (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from lower desires, Their abode will be the Garden. (The Noble Quran, 79:40-41)" "...Their abode will be the Garden." is written in Arabic as "fa-inna al-jannata hiya al-ma'wa". This is a correct translation. However, it doesn't show anywhere of same genders having sex with each others.
"They will recline (with ease) on Thrones (of dignity) arranged in ranks; and We shall join them to Companions, with beautiful big and lustrous eyes. (The Noble Quran, 52:20)" "We shall join them to Companions..." is written in Arabic as "wa-zawwaj-naahum bi-hoori-aayn". The English translation is not quite accurate for this Noble Verse. The Arabic word "wa-zawwaj-naahum" means to have them marry or get married. "join them to Companions" is not really accurate, because it doesn't necessarily mean that they would get married if they were "Companions".
Very Important Note: It is very important to know that the Arabic Noble Quran is referring to marriage in this Noble Verse, because marriage in Islam is NOT FOR THE SAME GENDERS. Males can not marry males in Islam. The same applies for females. So when Allah Almighty used the word "Wa-Zawwaj-naahum", which is derived from the Arabic word "zawaaj (marriage)", He the Almighty clearly meant to enjoin males and females into marriage, and not to mix the males and females together and have them pick and choose their sexual mates, even if they were the same gender. Let us look at Noble Verse 44:54 "Moreover, We shall Join them to Companions With beautiful, big, And lustrous eyes." The same word for "...join them to Companions..." is used in Noble Verse 52:20.
As for those whom the believers would marry, "...With beautiful, big, And lustrous eyes...", it is written in Arabic as "bi hoori-aayn". This same word was used for Jesus' (peace be upon him) disciples (al-hawariyyun as plural......hur or huri or houri as singular), which both (al-hawariyyun) and (hoori-aayn) are both derived from the Arabic word "hoor" or "howr", or "hur".
The following comment regarding Noble Verses 52:20 and 44:54 was taken from the foot notes of the Noble Quran that was translated by Minister (Sheikh) Abdullah Yusuf Ali; may Allah Almighty rest his soul and make Paradise his ultimate destiny: "Hur implies the following ideas: (1) purity; possibly the word Hawariyun, as applied to the first Disciples of Jesus, is connected with this root; (2) beauty, especially of eyes, where the intense white of the eyeballs stands out against the intense black of the pupil, thus giving the appearance of lustre, and intense feeling: as opposed to dullness or want of expression; and (3) truth and good will."
The word "hur" which Jesus' male disciples and the companions of believers in Paradise were given names that were derived from it quite clearly is referring to both males and females. This means that the winners of Paradise will have their suitable gender of "hoori-aayn" depending on their gender.
So when Allah Almighty promised companions to the believers in Paradise, He quite clearly and obviously promised female companions for the males and male companions for the females.
Important Note: In Arabic, plurals and pronouns are derived from root words. In the case of "Quran" for instance as in "Noble Quran", it is derived from the root word "Iqra" which means read. "Qara" means "past of read", "Quran" means "The read". It could also mean "The Revealed" since the word "Qara" could also mean "Read to him/her" as in "Qara alaihi or Qara lahu", which means "Read to him".
Another example to take is "Kitab" which means "Book". It is derived from the root word "yaktub" which means "write". "kitaba" means "writing". "kataba" means "wrote". So "kitab" means the "The written".
In the case of the word "hawariyyun", which is the word Allah Almighty called Jesus' disciples peace be upon them, it is derived from the root word "hur". So in the case of Jesus' disciples peace be upon them, Allah Almighty respected them by calling them "hawariyyun", which is plural of "huri", which is derived from the root word "hur" which means a very beautiful human-creation of Allah Almighty. So the word "hur" or "huri" in the Noble Quran and Arabic can refer to either a male or female and NOT JUST FEMALES ALONE, thus making the hoori-aayn or huri-aayn of Paradise be either males huri-aayn or females huri-aayn, because "huri-aayn" is derived from the root word "hur".
Another Important Note: In the section below, you will see proof that a woman can only have one husband. A woman can't have multiple husbands. Only the man can have multiple wives.
3- So what about the married (here on earth) believing men and women?
First of all, we have to understand that when Allah Almighty created us, He created us so we can live in pairs (husbands and wives) in harmony and peace for ever. "And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. (The Noble Quran, 30:21)"
The righteous husbands and wives would live in harmony, peace and love not only here on earth, but also in Paradise as well; "Enter ye the Garden, ye and your wives, in (beauty and) rejoicing. (The Noble Quran, 43:70)"
Allah Almighty from His very first Creation of Mankind meant to create us to live in pairs (husbands and wives) in peace and harmony; "We said: 'O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden; and eat of the bountiful things therein as (where and when) ye will; but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression.' (The Noble Quran, 2:35)" This GOD Almighty's System will be implemented in Heaven for the believers as we saw in Noble Verse 43:70 above.
Let us look at what Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said regarding women in Paradise:
"This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira through another chain of transmitters that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: The (members of the) first group which would get into Paradise will have their faces as bright as stars in the sky. They would neither pass water, nor void excrement, nor will they suffer from catarrh, nor will they spit, and their combs would be made of gold, and their sweat will be musk, the fuel of their brazier will be aloes, and their wives will be large-eyed maidens and their form would be alike as one single person after the form of their father (Adam) sixty cubits tall. (Translation of Sahih Muslim, Book 40, The Book Pertaining to Paradise, Its Description, Its Bounties and Its Intimates (Kitab Al-Jannat wa Sifat Na'imiha wa Ahliha), Number 6795)"
Narrated Mu'adh ibn Jabal: "The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: if anyone suppresses anger when he is in a position to give vent to it, Allah, the Exalted, will call him on the Day of Resurrection over the heads of all creatures, and ask him to choose any of the bright and large eyed maidens he wishes. (Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 41, General Behavior (Kitab Al-Adab), Number 4759)"
The above two Sayings (Hadiths) of our beloved Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him tell us that:
1- The believing wives of the believing husbands will be as beautiful as the maidens or houris in Heaven, and they will be large-eyed maidens for their husbands.
2- The man can choose from any maidens he desires.
3- The single believing men and women who get admitted to Paradise can marry and live happily in Paradise since there will be "husbands" and "wives". See Noble Verses 52:20 and 44:54 and the comments/analysis about them above.
4- A man can have wives and maidens. A woman can have only one husband. The maidens for the man will be of equal age and are never touched or seen by any man or jinn. Let us look at the following Noble Verses from the Noble Quran:
"So taste ye (the fruits of your deeds); for no increase shall We grant you, except in Punishment. Verily for the Righteous there will be a fulfilment of (the heart's) desires; Gardens enclosed, and grapevines; Companions of equal age; (The Noble Quran, 78:30-33)"
"...Of the Gardens will be Near....In them will be (Maidens), chaste, restraining their glances, whom no Man or Jinn before them has touched. (The Noble Quran, 55:54, 56)"
Here we clearly see that Allah Almighty prepared maidens of equal age and who were never touched by Jinn or Man for the believing men.
4- In Paradise everyone (men and women) will live happily:
Let us look at the following Noble Verses from the Noble Quran:
"Verily the Companions of the Garden shall that Day have joy in all that they do; (The Noble Quran, 36:55)"
"(Here is) a Parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink; and rivers of honey pure and clear. In it there are for them all kinds of fruits; and Grace from their Lord. (Can those in such Bliss) be compared to such as shall dwell for ever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels (to pieces)? (The Noble Quran, 47:15)"
"As to those who believe and work righteous deeds, they have, for their entertainment, the Gardens of Paradise, (The Noble Quran, 18:107)"
"And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds: until behold, they arrive there; its gates will be opened; and its keepers will say: 'Peace be upon you! well have ye done! enter ye here, to dwell therein.' (The Noble Quran, 39:73)"
"They will say: 'Praise be to God, Who has truly fulfilled His Promise to us, and has given us (this) land in heritage: We can dwell in the Garden as we will: how excellent a reward for those who work (righteousness)!' (The Noble Quran, 39:74)"
"But those who have faith and work righteousness, they are companions of the Garden: Therein shall they abide (For ever). (The Noble Quran, 2:82)"
"Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous, (The Noble Quran, 3:133)"
"Every soul shall have a taste of death: And only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of Life): For the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception. (The Noble Quran, 3:185)"
There are many more Noble Verses that elaborate on the Great Reward and Joy that the Believers (men and women) will have in Heaven, but I think the above Noble Verses are good enough to prove my point.
5- How come women in Islam can't have multiple husbands if they are equal to men?
This is one of the things that I personally can't speak on behalf of GOD Almighty. I can't ALWAYS tell you why or why not He chose to do certain things. But throughout His Noble Revelations that started from the time of Adam all the way to Muhammad peace be upon them, polygany or polygamy (man having multiple women) is allowed (although it is highly discouraged to a point where it is almost prohibited in Islam to most men), where polyandry (woman having multiple husbands) had always been forbidden!
Note: The word "polygamy" in the past used to mean men and women marrying multiple husbands and wives, meaning that the man would have multiple wives and each of his wives would have multiple husbands. But today, the word had been modified to mean "man having multiple wives" only. At least, this is what I meant it to mean in this article.
As far as women being equal to men in Islam, well, please visit Women in Islam V.S. Christianity to see the many proofs that women are indeed equal to men in Islam and hold a very dear, respectful and honorable place in Islam, and how women on the other hand are nothing but "sex objects" who have no value in Christianity. Islam came to liberate and free women and put them on the highest ranks of honor. I provided quotes and proofs from both the Noble Quran, and the Bible's Old and New Testaments.
6- Further additions and explanations from Muslims:
The following addition was sent to me by brother Rizan Bin Noordin; may Allah Almighty always be pleased with him.
Regarding the above-said article, I believe the answering-Islam team are mixing their views of Heaven with what they find here on Earth. In the Qur'an it is said:
"And of every thing We have created pairs: That ye may receive instruction." - surah adh-Dhariyat 51:49.
"And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect." - surah ar-Room 30:21.
Thus it is clear that for men there are women and vic versa. The ideas of gayism or lesbianism are not from the commands of Allah, but from the whisperings of syaitaan.
"And (remember) Lut: behold, he said to his people: "Ye do commit lewdness, such as no people in Creation (ever) committed before you. Do ye indeed approach men, and cut off the highway?- and practise wickedness (even) in your councils?" But his people gave no answer but this: they said: "Bring us the Wrath of Allah if thou tellest the truth. He said: "O my Lord! help Thou me against people who do mischief!" When Our Messengers came to Abraham with the good news, they said: "We are indeed going to destroy the people of this township: for truly they are (addicted to) crime."" - surah al-Ankabut 29:28-31.
"Those of you who turned back on the day the two hosts Met,-it was Satan who caused them to fail, because of some (evil) they had done. But Allah Has blotted out (their fault): For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Forbearing." - surah al-Imran 3:155.
"From the mischief of the Whisperer (of Evil), who withdraws (after his whisper),- (The same) who whispers into the hearts of Mankind,-" - surah an-Nas 114:4-5.
There cannot be any whisperings or evil in heaven. Thus the essential force that pushes men and women towards the revolting acts are removed. The Earthbound idea of having relations with servants, or with people of the same sex are no longer in the equation of human tendencies. Our minds will be free of such thought, thus the answering-Islam team's allegations that there will be the base desires in Heaven is absurd. It is clearly revealed in surah al-Jinn.
"'And we[the jinn] pried into the secrets of heaven; but we found it filled with stern guards and flaming fire." - surah al-Jinn 72:8.
So I believe the initial argument from the answering-Islam team is already wrong. They are arguing semantics while throwing out the essential message of the whole Qur'an.
"O Messenger! let not those grieve thee, who race each other into unbelief: (whether it be) among those who say "We believe" with their lips but whose hearts have no faith; or it be among the Jews,- men who will listen to any lie,- will listen even to others who have never so much as come to thee. They change the words from their (right) times and places: they say, "If ye are given this, take it, but if not, beware!" If any one's trial is intended by Allah, thou hast no authority in the least for him against Allah. For such - it is not Allah's will to purify their hearts. For them there is disgrace in this world, and in the Hereafter a heavy punishment." - surah al-Maaidah 5:41.
That is all from me brother Osama. I hope however little my efforts, I have helped in your cause. Please carry on your noble efforts in the spirit of Islam. I hope Allah protect us from speaking untruth and shelter us from the lies of those with an agenda against His teachings, InsyaAllah.
Further sites to research:
Would you describe Heaven and Hell according to the Islamic doctrine?
Paradise: Who are the People of Paradise? And who are the "Muminoon (Believers)" in Islam?
Paradise: Ways that lead to Paradise.
X-Rated Pornography in the Bible
Response to the so called "Pornography" in the Noble Quran.
Homosexual Marriage in Islam?
Science proved that Homosexuals are born natural. How then can Islam prohibit homosexuality?
Women in Christianity and Islam.
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