ah 56

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Superiority of Muslim Women over Hoor al-Ayn

Allah (SWT) mentions that He will recreate Muslim women in Paradise in the following verse of Quran:

“Lo! We have created them a (new) creation. And made them virgins…” [Sura Al-Waqi'ah (56): 35-36]

That is, Allah will recreate the elderly women and make them virgins;  the same will be done for old men, Allah will make them youth.

This is  also mentioned in the following Hadith:

Al-Hasan Al-Basri says that: “An old woman came to the Messenger of  Allah (صلی الله علیه وسلم) and made a request: ‘O, Messenger of Allah, make dua that Allah  grants me entrance into Jannah.’ The Messenger of Allah (صلی الله علیه وسلم) replied: ‘O,  Mother, an old woman cannot enter Jannah.’ That woman started crying and  began to leave. The Messenger of Allah (صلی الله علیه وسلم) said: ‘Say to the woman that one  will not enter in a state of old age, but Allah will make all the women  of Jannah young virgins forever.’” [At-Tirmidhi]

It is also mentioned in the Hadith that the women of this worldly life  have superiority over Hoor al-Ayn due to the acts of worship  and obedience that they performed in this world. Therefore, the  believing women will enter Paradise just like the believing men. If a  woman had a number of husbands, she, upon entering Paradise with them,  would choose among them the one with the best character and behavior.

The following Hadiths confirms the fact stated above:

Umm Salamah (رضي الله عنه) narrates that she said to the Prophet  Muhammad (صلی الله علیه وسلم): “O, Messenger of Allah, are the women of  this world superior or the Hoors of Paradise?” He replied: “The women  of this world will have superiority over the Hoors just as the  outer lining of a garment has superiority over the inner lining.” Umm  Salamah (رضي الله عنه) then asked: “O, Messenger of Allah, what is the reason for this?” He  (صلی الله علیه وسلم) answered: “Because they performed prayer, fasted, and worshiped Allah.  Allah will put light on their faces and silk on their bodies. The  human women will be fair in complexion and will wear green clothing and  yellow jewelry. 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.’” [Tabarani]

Al-Qurtubi said: Abu Bakr ibn al-Najjad said: Ja’far ibn Muhammad ibn  Shaakir told us, ‘Ubayd ibn Ishaaq al-‘Attar told us, Sinan ibn  Haroon told us, from Humayd from Anas that Umm Habibah, the wife of the  Prophet (صلی الله علیه وسلم) said: “O, Messenger  of Allah, if a woman had two husbands in this life, then they all died  and came together in Paradise, with which of them would she be – the  first or the last?” He (صلی الله علیه وسلم) said: “With the one whose attitude and conduct  with her was best; O, Umm Habibah, a good attitude brings one the best  of this world and the Hereafter.” [Al-Tadhkirah fi Ahwal al-Mawta  wa’l-Akhirah, 2/278]

Imam Qurtubi in his “at-Tadhkirah fi-Ahwalil Mawta wa'l-Akhirah (in   Remembrance of the Affairs of the Dead and Doomsday)” and Ibn Kathir in his “al-Bidaya wa'n-Nihaya (Kitabu’l-Fitan wa’l-Malahim) the Termination  of the Afflictions and Fierce Battles” tell the story of the songs of Hoors in heaven: “Hoors will sing for their own husbands, songs are so  marvelous that every hearer will be so pleased. Hoor will say: “We are Hoors who have not had a sin.” The women of this world will reply them  saying: “We are the fasters (who keep fast), and you are not, we are the  prayers, but you are not and we are the givers of charity but you are  not.”

And there is another narration which is famous with the name “Hadith of  Soor” narrated from Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) that the Prophet Muhammad (صلی الله علیه وسلم) said that: “Every man in heaven will go to 72 of the  creatures of Allah (Hoors) and 2 of the women of mankind, these two  women are superior to the creatures of Allah (Hoors) with their  worshipping (good deeds) they had performed in this world.” [Bayhaqi,  al-Bas wa’n-Nushur; Tabari, Tafsir; Abu Yala, Ibn Hajar, Fathu’l-Baari,  Tabarani and others]

So it is clear that Muslim women will not feel jealous of the Hoor al-Ayn as righteous women of this world will be much more  superior and beautiful than Hoor al-Ayn in Jannah.Thus, the situation of the believing woman in Paradise will be better  than the situation of the Hoor al-Ayn; she will be higher in  status and more beautiful. If a righteous woman from among the people of  this world enters Paradise, then she will do so as a reward for her  righteous deeds and as an honor from Allah to her for her religious  commitment and righteousness. As for the Hoor who is one of the  delights of Paradise, is an immortal woman, who does not age. She speaks  softly and does not raise voice at her man; she is always reconciled  with him. Having been brought up in luxury, she is a luxury herself, she  has only been created in Paradise for the sake of someone else, and has  been made the reward for the believing man for his righteous deeds.  There is a great difference between one who enters Paradise as a reward  for her righteous deeds and the one who was created as a reward for one  who did righteous deeds. The former is a queen and a princess, and the  latter, no matter how beautiful she is, is undoubtedly lower in status  than a queen, and she (Hoor al-Ayn) is subject to the command of her believing  master (man) for whom Allah created her as a reward.

And have you seen the water that you drink?Is it you who brought it down from the clouds, or is it We who bring it down?If We willed, We could make it bitter, so why are you not grateful?
(Quran, Surah Al-Wāqi`ah, 56:68-70)