The houris are mentioned in several passages of the Quran, always in plural form. No specifics are ever given, though, as to the number of houris that should be available to each believer. As for the gender of the houris, it has traditionally been believed that they are beautiful women and a reward for believing men,  with numerous hadith and tafsir describing them as such.
Reader Alex has several questions about the supposed Islamic belief in men receiving 72 virgins in the afterlife:. Seriously, this would require a huge staff of people to coordinate this effort. The [72 Virgins] belief is to mainstream Muslims as the belief that we will one day be issued wings and a harp, and walk on clouds, is to mainstream Christians.
Muslim men who die as martyrs fighting in battle or other deaths are promised 72 or sometimes 73 beautiful, black-eyed perpetual virgins as wives in heaven. This short page is simply a brief description of what the hadiths say about these heavenly virgins, called "houris". In them will be fair Maidensgood, beautiful;
Early Monday morning, two female suicide bombers set off explosions in two of Moscow's busy subway stations, killing 38 people and wounding 60 others. The attack comes on the heels of several high-profile killings of Islamic militant leaders in the Caucasus region, and Russian officials are reportedly blaming the attacks on rebels from the area, which is located on the border of Europe and Asia. Islamic extremists who believe in suicide bombing as martyrdom expect rewards in the afterlife, as specified by the Quran. According to the religious text of Islam, male martyrs will receive 72 virgin maidens in paradise as a reward for their sacrifice.
And in each court [there are] seventy houses of green emerald stone. In every house, seventy beds. On every bed, seventy mattresses of every color and on every mattress a woman.
Islamic State's taunt that "we love death more than you love life" was always a threat as well as a fact. This expressed love of death was incomprehensible to people raised to believe that self-preservation is at the core of human nature. In extremis, soldiers might die to protect their comrades and parents would sacrifice their own lives to save their children.
The never-ending myth revolving around the "72 virgins" in Islam has been at the center of debate for decades Mohammad Tawhidian Australian-Iraqi Muslim preacher, recently shared a tweet in which he dissed the "72 virgins" theory which many believe to be an Islamic notion. Tawhidi debunked the concept and explained how its sole purpose is to perpetuate misogyny.
It has been said that Muslim martyrs will be rewarded with 72 virgins in heaven, or paradise. But a growing number of Quran scholars and Islamic theologians have contested its interpretation. The original [word] that was used in the Quran was the word for raisin, not virgin. Christoph Luxenberg pseudonyma scholar who pioneered such research, said in an e-mail interview with Kristof that grapes made more sense in context because the Quran compares them to crystal and pearls and that paradise are described as abounding with fruit especially white grapes.
It has long been a staple of Islam that Muslim martyrs will go to paradise and marry 72 black-eyed virgins. But a growing body of rigorous scholarship on the Koran points to a less sensual paradise -- and, more important, may offer a step away from fundamentalism and toward a reawakening of the Islamic world. Some Islamic theologians protest that the point was companionship, never heavenly sex.