Balkan sworn virgins in Albanian : Burrnesha are women who take a vow of chastity and wear male clothing in order to live as men in patriarchal northern Albanian society , Kosovo and Montenegro. To a lesser extent, the practice exists, or has existed, in other parts of the western Balkans, including Bosnia , Dalmatia Croatia , Serbia and Northern Macedonia. The Kanun dictates that families must be patrilineal meaning wealth is inherited through a family's men and patrilocal upon marriage, a woman moves into the household of her husband's family. Under the Kanun , women are stripped of many rights. They cannot smoke, wear a watch, or vote in local elections.
Chapter 1. Truth Rather to Be Appealed to Than Custom, and Truth Progressive in Its Developments
Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. Having already undergone the trouble peculiar to my opinion, I will show in Latin also that it behooves our virgins to be veiled from the time that they have passed the turning-point of their age: that this observance is exacted by truth , on which no one can impose prescription — no space of times, no influence of persons , no privilege of regions. For these, for the most part, are the sources whence, from some ignorance or simplicity, custom finds its beginning; and then it is successionally confirmed into an usage, and thus is maintained in opposition to truth. If Christ is always, and prior to all, equally truth is a thing sempiternal and ancient. Let those therefore look to themselves, to whom that is new which is intrinsically old. It is not so much novelty as truth which convicts heresies. Whatever savours of opposition to truth , this will be heresy , even if it be an ancient custom. On the other hand, if any is ignorant of anything, the ignorance proceeds from his own defect.
Chapter 2. Before Proceeding Farther, Let the Question of Custom Itself Be Sifted
The word "houri" has entered several European languages from around the 17th and 18th centuries, with the first recorded English usage being in The houris are mentioned in several passages of the Quran , always in plural form. No specific number is ever given in the Quran for the number of houris accompanying each believer. In the Quran , the houris are often translated as "fair ones" or "companions;" women of Paradise in the Quran are described as being virgins "whom neither man nor jinn has ever touched,"  "wide-eyed,"  "of modest gaze",    and as "splendid companions of equal age [or well-matched]. However, women of Paradise are also referred to in a few other passages in different terms: . Several translators—like Arberry , Palmer , Rodwell and Sale —have translated the noun ka'ib in Quran as "with swelling breasts". However, M. Abdel Haleem and others point out that the description here refers in classical usage to the young age rather than emphasizing the women's physical features. Others, such as Abdullah Yusuf Ali , translate ka'ib as "companions,"  with Muhammad Asad interpreting the term as being allegorical. Houris have been described as "transparent to the marrow of their bones",   "eternally young",  "hairless except the eyebrows and the head",  "pure"  and "beautiful".
Abu Wardeh was quoted as saying: "I described to him how God would compensate the martyr for sacrificing his life for his land. If you become a martyr, God will give you 70 virgins, 70 wives and everlasting happiness. But I am running ahead of things. Since September 11, news stories have repeated the story of suicide bombers and their heavenly rewards, and equally Muslim scholars and Western apologists of Islam have repeated that suicide is forbidden in Islam.