Is sexual intercourse in Paradise not a bit strange?

Details of the Question

- The hereafter in the Psalms, the Torah, the Gospel and the Quran
- How would you explain the fact that the Quran introduces the concept houri though a part related to houris does not exist in other scriptures?
- It is written in the Gospel that we will be like angels.
- It is a logical explanation that humans marry and reproduce so that they will ensure their existence in the world but it seems strange to me that billions of people will have sexual intercourse with their worldly spouses and houris in the hereafter in the presence of Allah. How would you explain this?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

Life in Paradise described in the Quran includes both material and spiritual blessings.

Ruyatullah (seeing Allah), the consent of Allah, being with the prophets, veracious people, etc. are among the spiritual blessings.

“Allah hath promised to Believers, men and women, gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein, and beautiful mansions in gardens of everlasting bliss. But the greatest bliss is the good pleasure of Allah: that is the supreme felicity.” (at-Tawba, 9/72)

The verse above states that the spiritual blessings in Paradise are superior to the material blessings.

In addition, material blessings should not be underestimated because they are also blessings of Allah. Besides, negative aspects of the world life, wasting, etc. are not in question in Paradise.

The world is like a summary and index of the hereafter. The bodily flavors that people are given to taste in the world are also samples. They are meant to encourage people for their originals. The tasting here indicates that blessings worthy of the eternal realm are prepared in Paradise.

If we led a completely spiritual life free from material aspects in this worldly life, it could perhaps be meaningful not to understand the bodily resurrection, to regard it something improbable and to underestimate it.

Therefore, it is not an appropriate approach to lead a material life in this short worldly life by benefiting from innumerable bodily blessings and not to accept that they will exist in the eternal realm in the hereafter in a much better state.

Since the books of Judaism and Christianity were distorted, life in the hereafter in those books was also distorted. Undoubtedly, life in the hereafter described by the Quran is the true one: The material and spiritual blessings that we have in this world life will continue in a more perfect way and eternally there.

People are in the presence of Allah not only in the hereafter, but also in the world. The marriage of the prophets who are very close to Allah is something natural in this world; similarly, the marriage of the people in Paradise is natural.

To sum up, the real strange thing is to claim that the innumerable bodily blessings and pleasures that we are given in this short worldly life will not exist in the eternal realm in their perfect, pure and clean states.

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