[quote=iamrefreshed]I have asked this question before and have never received an answer from a Muslim. Anyone out there have the answers?
1- Is the 72 virgin story based on the Qur’an?
I will try to clear up 1st question. 72 virgins is not mentioned in Quran. In Quran it is mentioned as Virgin. You can find 72 wives in Hadith by Al-Tirmidhi. These wives are confimed as virgins in Quran.
It is in the Islamic Traditions that we find the 72 virgins in heaven specified: in a Hadith (Islamic Tradition) collected by Al-Tirmidhi (died 892 CE [common era*]) in the Book of Sunan (volume IV, chapters on The Features of Paradise as described by the Messenger of Allah [Prophet Muhammad], chapter 21, About the Smallest Reward for the People of Paradise, (Hadith 2687). The same hadith is also quoted by Ibn Kathir (died 1373 CE ) in his Koranic commentary (Tafsir) of Surah Al-Rahman (55), verse 72: “The Prophet Muhammad was heard saying: ‘The smallest reward for the people of paradise is an abode where there are 80,000 servants and 72 wives, over which stands a dome decorated with pearls, aquamarine, and ruby, as wide as the distance from Al-Jabiyyah [a Damascus suburb] to Sana’a [Yemen]’.”
In Quran, these 72 wives have been confirmed as virgins.
As for the righteous, they shall surely triumph. Theirs shall be gardens and vineyards, and **high- bosomed virgins ** for companions: a truly overflowing cup.
…They will sit with bashful, dark-eyed virgins, as chaste as the sheltered eggs of ostriches.
…Yes and We shall wed them to dark-eyed houris. (beautiful virgins)
…They shall recline on couches ranged in rows. To** dark-eyed houris (virgins)** we shall wed them…
In them will be bashful virgins neither man nor Jinn will have touched before.Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny ?"
Virgins as fair as corals and rubies. Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny ?"
…We created the houris (the beautiful women) and made them virgins, loving companions for those on the right hand… "
"In each there shall be virgins chaste and fair… Dark eyed virgins sheltered in their tents whom neither man nor Jin will have touched before…