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What are Muslim women promised in the afterlife?

The Quran makes no gender distinction as to the reward or punishment of the afterlife. Gender is irrelevant as a criterion of judgment; faith and deeds are the ultimate determiners of one's status in the afterlife: “If any do deeds of righteousness, be they male or female—and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them” (4:124) and “Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him” (49:13).

Both men and women will be rewarded with pure spouses and with gardens beneath which rivers flow (see verses 2:25, 3:15, and 4:57). For example, verse 4:57 reads, “But those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, We shall soon admit to Gardens, with rivers flowing beneath, their eternal home: Therein shall they have companions pure and holy: We shall admit them to shades, cool and ever deepening.” In all three verses, the term azwaj (companions) indicates that both male and female believers will be rewarded with pure spouses in heaven.

Classical Quranic commentaries regard the houris as heavenly spouses. Nonetheless, the Quran also makes specific reference to one's earthly spouses. It promises to rejoin believers with their parents, spouses, and children who were among the righteous: “Gardens of perpetual bliss, which they shall enter together with the righteous from among their parents, their spouses, and their offspring …” (13:23; see also 36:56 and 43:70).

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