Question: Does a soul have a gender in Islam? As in, is there such a thing as a "female soul" and a "male soul"?
I'm tempted to think souls should have genders, because how otherwise would we have husbands and wives in paradise?
Searching the web, I found only one possibly reliable resource:
3- Souls do not have gender. Human beings gain their personalities both from their spirits and bodies. A soul entering a body tries to adapt to the physical characteristics of the body which determine the gender. -- Questions On Islam
But there's no references given above.
There's also a post by someone named Joseph A. Islam (Qur'an's Message) but, while formally written, this post seems to be virtually a Quranist piece (there's other questionable things on that site, so I deem it untrustworthy). However, it does point to the following ayah, which might mean the answer is "we don't know":
And they ask you, [O Muhammad], about the soul. Say, "The soul is of the affair of my Lord. And mankind have not been given of knowledge except a little." -- Qur'an 17:85