Beauty standards of the arabs

Question ID: 23279

Mufti, I do appreciate your response but it did not answer my question, so allow me to clarify. First, I am not saying it is racist, so listing those examples had nothing to do with my question. I was wondering about this, as the houri’s being white:

“Hoor means white according to Qataadah and the majority (of scholars). Hawraa’ (singular of Hoor) is the white skinned woman whose legs can be seen from beneath her clothes. The observer can see his image in her heels as a mirror because of the fineness of her skin and the purity of her color..

Ibn Al-Qayyim may Allaah have mercy upon him said:

“Al-Hoor is the plural of Hawraa’, meaning a young, beautiful, fine woman with white complexion and intensely black eyes (iris).

and this as well: Imaam al-Harraas’s Sharh (commentary) on the Nooniyyah poem of `Allaamah ibn al-Qayyim رحمة الله عليه. In it, he says:

عني أن أهل الجنة يدخلونها بيضا، جردا، ليس لهم لحى، جعد الشعور، في شعورهم تكسر وليست سبطة، مكحلي الأجفان. وهذا هو تمام الحسن في هذه الأشياء الثلاثة. فتمام الحسن في اللون أن يكون أبيض صافيا، وتمامه في الشعر أن يكون جعدا، وتمامه في العينين أن تكونا مكتحلتين.

“The people of Jannah will enter it white; hairless (i.e. no hair under the arms or below the navel); beardless; having hair which is not completely straight, but rather, which is wavy; having Kohl on their eyes. This is the height of beauty in each of these three things: in colour, pure whiteness. In hair, that it be slightly wavy (and not completely straight). In eyes, that they have Kohl.

In these, it mentions white complexion in terms of beauty. So to be more clear, I hear this was the favoured complexion of the early arabs at the time time in terms of beauty and I ask, why does a universal god follow the beauty standard of one group(arabs). I am asking in regards to beauty

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Asked on September 26, 2016 3:09 pm
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السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُاللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

Please provide reference for the beauty standard of the Arabs.

وَعَلَيْكُمُ السَّلَام وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ وَمَغْفِرَتُهُ
Mufti Elias

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Answered on November 2, 2016 11:28 pm