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Killing and Dying for the ‘Houris’: Islam’s Heavenly Whores

Palestinian Media Watch reports:

Following a recent terror attack in which the terrorist stabbed and wounded 4 Israeli policemen, a host on official PA TV read a poem in the terrorist's honor. The poem glorifies Martyrdom-death in battle and states that the 72 ‘Dark-Eyed’ Virgins in Paradise who the Martyr marries according to Islamic tradition, are ‘yearning’ for the Palestinian Martyr.

Who are these “dark-eyed virgins in paradise” who are “yearning” for martyrs? The proper Arabic term for these entities is al-hour al-‘ayn, commonly known by the English transliteration as houris. They are supernatural, celestial women -- “wide-eyed” and “big-bosomed,” says the Koran (56:22, 78:33) -- created by Allah for the express purpose of sexually gratifying his favorites in perpetuity. (While some have suggested that the English word “whore” is based on the Arabic houri -- they both sure seem to serve the same function -- there apparently is no etymological connection.)

One of the canonical hadiths (statements attributed to Muhammad that mainstream Sunni Islam acknowledges as true) which all jihadi organizations regularly invoke depicts Muhammad saying:

The martyr [ shahid, one who dies fighting for Islam] is special to Allah. He is forgiven from the first drop of blood [that he sheds]. He sees his throne in paradise. … And he will copulate with seventy-two  houris. [See also Koran 44:54, 52:20, 55:72, and 56:22.]

The houris may invoke images of scantily clad genies and other wild tales from Arabian Nights to the Western mind, and thus be dismissed as “fairy tales” with no capacity to inspire anyone. However, the facts show that desire for these immortal concubines has driven Muslim men to acts of suicidal terror from Islam’s birth until today, as recorded in both Muslim and Western historical sources.

“As for religious enthusiasm and ardour for the holy war,” writes historian Marius Canard, “it is certain that numerous Muslims were moved by this sentiment. ... There are numerous accounts describing combatants going to their deaths with joyful heart, seeing visions of the celestial houri who is calling to them and signaling to them.”

Indeed, as documented throughout my recent book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, the houris are ever present on the fields of battle, beckoning their would-be lovers -- jihadis -- to rush to their embraces by engaging in wild acts of “martyrdom.”

This is evident from the West’s first major military encounter with Islam, the fateful Battle of Yarmuk (636). There, one Muslim came upon a fallen comrade: “[S]mitten on the ground ... I watched as he lifted his fingers to the sky. I understood he was rejoicing, for he saw the houris.” Another Arab chieftain told his men that a headlong charge against the “Christian dogs” is synonymous with a “rush to the embraces of the houris!” “The Muslim preachers did not cease to encourage the combatants [at Yarmuk]: Prepare yourselves for the encounter with the houris of the big black eyes,” explained a medieval Persian historian. “And to be sure, never has a day been seen when more heads fell than on the day of the Yarmuk.”