I'm interested in knowing whether martyrs are promised 72 virgins in heaven. I've already searched this site, and the question has not come up before.

  • The word 7, 70, 700, 7000, 70 000 should not be taken literally in Arabic. See 9:80 For instance, as regards the "seven heavens", it is to be borne in mind that in Arabic usage - and apparently in other Semitic languages as well - the number "seven" is often synonymous with "several" (see Lisan al-'Arab), just as "seventy" or "seven hundred" often means many or "very many" (Taj al-'Arus).
    – Kilise
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 19:26

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According to this hadith, a myrtyr is given 72 wives (not virgins) among 5 other othings

That the Messenger of Allah () said: "There are six things with Allah for the martyr. He is forgiven with the first flow of blood (he suffers), he is shown his place in Paradise, he is protected from punishment in the grave, secured from the greatest terror, the crown of dignity is placed upon his head - and its gems are better than the world and what is in it - he is married to seventy two wives along Al-Huril-'Ayn of Paradise, and he may intercede for seventy of his close relatives.

Could virgin come from a non authentic source? It is possible. Will update the answer if I find something relevant.

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    I think the virgin part is from the description of hour al ein in other sources, where they are described as "untouched by any other (man)" Commented Sep 16, 2013 at 18:03
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    Thanks @SystemDown down. I will look into that reference when I have time.
    – muslim1
    Commented Sep 16, 2013 at 23:34
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    There is no authentic source that quotes about 72 wives. Its most probably a fluke in transliteration.
    – user5294
    Commented Jul 27, 2014 at 16:22
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    @AshwinSingh zoja in arabic means wives. That is correct translation. Google link
    – muslim1
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 18:43
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    The question is, why 72?
    – user921
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 19:50

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