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 More on womanly delights
 They are, allegedly, perpetually virgins, despite any sexual congress they engage in and, in an odd echo of the myths surrounding Mary (Mother of Jesus), their virginity is miraculously restored after each session of intercourse.
These beings seem to be remarkable in some ways, as we are told by Muhammad al-Bukhari in his collection of Hadiths Sahih Bukhari:
"They will not urinate, relieve nature, spit, or have any nasal secretions. Their combs will be of gold, and their sweat will smell like musk. The aloes-wood will be used in their centres. Their wives will be houris. All of them will look alike and will resemble their father Adam (in statute), sixty cubits tall."
All of which (especially the "sixty cubits" part, which would make them well over 100 feet tall) may go some way to explaining their perpetual virginity. All in all, this scenario suspiciously resembles a teenage boy's fantasy, which may provide some insight into the intended target demographics of the original preachers.
The ghilman (ghulam in singular) are the Houris' male equivalent: perpetually virgin boys that serve devout Muslim women in Paradise like Houris serve men. Incidentally, the word "ghilman" was also the name for slave-soldiers in the Ottoman, Mughal and Persian empires .
 See also
- Wikipedia on Houri: A more extensive examination can be found here, along with the suggestion that the famous 72 virgins should perhaps be translated 72 grapes.
- A permanent link just in case Islamic Wikipedians delete the reference to white raisins
- The Skeptic's Dictionary on Houri.
- ↑ There is an underlying assumption that devout Muslims are interested in houris and not, for example gay men, after all gay sex is forbidden in Islam. Both genders are covered, assuming they are straight and not asexual.
- ↑ For the varieties intended for male consumption, at least.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 So from these 2 verses we have transparent wood, besides the assumption that the houris are made out of wood?
- ↑ Sahih Bukhari, Book 54 "The Beginning of Creation", Hadith 476
- ↑ Lack of saliva may induce unnecessary difficulties in some activities
- ↑ Drag kings?
- ↑ Sahih Bukhari, Book 55 "Prophets", Hadith 544
- ↑ Houri size
- ↑ Houri size
- ↑ Figuring out what perpetual virginity could possibly mean for sexually active males is left as an exercise to the reader.
- ↑ Turns out Islam is slightly less sexist than I thought