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The description of the breasts of al-hoor al-‘iyn is a lie and is a fabrication against the texts

Question: 243879

I read on internet and Wikipedia regarding Houris large round breast’.The hadith reference is Jami At Tirmidhi Vol 2 Pg this hadith authentic? Please clarify me.

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.

There is nothing in the Qur’an or in the Sunnah that
describes the physical shape of the breasts of al-hoor al-‘iyn, either in
Sunan at-Tirmidhi or Jaami‘ al-Tirmidhi or any of the other books
of Musnad.

The hadith that describes the breasts of al-hoor al-‘iyn as
being large or round is something that is most commonly propagated by the
haters of Islam and fanatical atheists, and the followers of false
religions. In doing so they seek to make Islam appear to be a religion of
sex and desire, and as if the sublime and sacred texts – namely the Qur’an
and Sunnah – came to give detailed descriptions of women’s bodies, seeking
to provoke desire. All of that comes under the heading of falsehood that is
doomed to be defeated, and our Lord, may He be glorified and exalted, will
surely punish those who propagate it and spread it, on the Day of Judgement
when all people will be gathered for judgement. 

The Holy Qur’an is a book of sublime values and principles,
which instils in the hearts of those who recite it and memorise it the best
and noblest of manners and attitudes. It even uses subtle metaphors that are
very far removed from blatant descriptions, when speaking of marital
relationships and the shar‘i rulings concerning them. This is something to
which those who seek to cast aspersions upon the Qur’an pay no attention,
those whose hearts and minds are dominated by desires, so that their minds
cannot look at anything except through a lens of desire, and they do not
seek anything except ways of fulfilling desires. 

Think about how beautiful these modest and refined metaphors
are in the verses in which Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, says
(interpretation of the meaning:

“They are Libaas (i.e. body
cover, or screen, or Sakan, (i.e. you enjoy the pleasure of living with
her), for you and you are the same for them”

[al-Baqarah 2:187]

“And among His Signs is this,
that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find
repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy. Verily, in
that are indeed signs for a people who reflect”

[ar-Room 30:21]

“or you have been in contact
with women”

[an-Nisa’ 4:43]. 

In each of these cases, the Arab would understand the sublime
nature of the marital relationship and how the love and harmony between
spouses should be. 

The same is applicable with regard to what is mentioned about
al-hoor al-‘iyn in the Holy Qur’an, such as the verses in which Allah, may
He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Wherein both will be those
(maidens) restraining their glances upon their husbands, whom no man or jinn
have touched before them.

which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

beauty) they are like rubies and coral”

[ar-Rahmaan 55:56-58]

“And (there will be) Houris
(fair females) with wide, lovely eyes (as wives for the pious),

unto preserved pearls”

[al-Waaqi‘ah 56:22-23]. 

All of these are descriptions of beauty, using the most
refined words, likening them to rubies, coral and pearls, which reminds the
reader of the greatness of Allah’s creation, far removed from any coarse
description of women’s bodies, contrary to the claims of those who have
ulterior motives. 

With regard to the verse which may be literally translated as
(interpretation of the meaning), “And
young full-breasted (mature) maidens of equal age”
[an-Naba’ 78:33], we
have previously given a detailed answer with clear evidence, explaining that
in Arabic the word kawaa‘ib [which may be translated literally as “young
full-breasted”] is used to
refer to one who is young in age only, far removed from giving any
description of the shape or size of the breast. Concerning that, you may
refer to the lengthy answer in question no. 193409


We consulted Sunan at-Tirmidhi and whatever else we
could of the six books, and we did not find in them a single hadith or a
single report that speaks about the breasts of al-hoor al-‘iyn being large.
What is widespread on some English-language websites attributing that to at-Tirmidhi
is a distortion that has been transmitted deliberately or otherwise from
websites written by some promoters of falsehood who said: “A houri is a girl
of tender age, having large breasts which are round.” 

Then they commented on that by saying: “At-Tirmizi, volume 2,
pg 35-40.” 

This is a blatant lie, because at-Tirmidhi did not narrate
anything about women’s breasts being large or round. Whoever is asking us to
confirm that, let him bring the text of the report, and not only mention the
number of the volume or page, fabricating falsehood against the Prophet’s
Sunnah. Mentioning random numbers is something that anyone can do. Rather
what matters is that the numbers be in accordance with real texts, and this
is something that is not the case here.

And Allah knows best.


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