----- Original Message -----

From: Farhad Aghdasi

To: Farzin Aghdasi

Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2002 9:13 AM

Subject: húrís - mysteries of divine utterance


Dear all,


According to Islamic literature, húrís are virgin maids of heaven:


Then which of your Lord's bounties will ye twain deny?
Therein are maids of modest glances whom no man nor ginn has deflowered before.
 (The Qur'an (E.H. Palmer tr), Sura  55 - The Merciful)


There is a reference to the "mysteries of divine utterance" in the Seven Valleys:


Praise be to God Who hath made being to come forth from nothingness; graven upon the tablet of man the secrets of preexistence; taught him from the mysteries of divine utterance that which he knew not; made him a Luminous Book unto those who believed and surrendered themselves; caused him to witness the creation of all things (Kullu Shay') in this black and ruinous age, and to speak forth from the apex of eternity with a wondrous voice in the Excellent Temple [1]: to the end that every man may testify, in himself, by himself, in the station of the Manifestation of his Lord, that verily there is no God save Him, and that every man may thereby win his way to the summit of realities, until none shall contemplate anything whatsoever but that he shall see God therein.
 [1 The Manifestation.]
 (Baha'u'llah, The Seven Valleys, p. 1)


Warmest love,


P.s. To my knowledge of Islam there are no male equivalent of húrís in heaven!