Sex and Violence
Chapter Four: Islamic Harems in India
2nd Edition: January 15, 2017
Islamic Heaven and the 72 Virgins
Harems in India
effects of Feminine Charm, Islam has exploited man's dominance
urge, which demands sexual gratification by command (instead of
solicitation or submission), and thus stimulated the male lek
behaviour, leading to harem-building.
human history is full of predators known as conquerors, who carried
out murder, persecution and abduction of women to satisfy their
lust for power, plunder and prestige. They knew that their misdeeds
were sheer acts of barbarity dictated by personal ambitions but
Jehad, the behest of Allah to destroy non-Muslims, not only sanctified
these atrocities, but also raised them to the apex of piety, purity
and probity. It is an unusual phenomenon, to say the least.
is man's greatest delight, Jehad, which provides unlimited opportunities
for quenching carnal thirst, acts as the foundation-stone for
building grand harems embellished with great, gorgeous and glowing
A harem was
a vast enclosure containing a complex of sumptuous buildings to
house women. Historians have remarked that Akbar, the Great, had
5,000 women in his harem, and Jehangir, his son, had 6,000. The
much-taunted harem of Solomon, the Wise, was comparatively a pigmy
for having only 1,000 females. No doubt, this huge collection
of beauties was meant for the enjoyment of one man, the King,
but all the ladies of the harem did not consist of queens and
Concubines. A large number of these women belonged to the administrative
staff of this jovial establishment, which was both an amusement
park and place of high security where everybody was yoked by a
stringent discipline to display deference to the "divine"
dignity of the ruler, imbued with lewdness, libido and lechery.
Take for example, Sultan Ghias-Ud-Din of Malwa (1469-1500). His
harem consisted of 15,000 females and was organised as if it were
a small political administrative unit. Its guards consisted of
two corps of women, each having 500 slave-girls of African and
Turkish origins - to balance any possible threat of one corp with
the retaliatory might of the other. Though these guardians of
the harems looked dainty, delicate and debonnaire, their appearance
was as deceptive as the mirage experienced by a thirsty wayfarer
in a desert.
In fact, these
female guards of the harems were Amazons, the legendary women
warriors of Greek mythology. Hercules, the Greek hero, undertook
an expedition to get the girdle of Hippolyte, the Amazons' queen.
In the Greek works of art, Amazons were depicted as having, bow,
spear, axe, and half shield. In later art, they were likened with
Artemis (goddess of wild animals and chastity). During the 1 6th
century, the Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana claimed that
he had to combat with the fighting women in South America on the
Maranon River, which was renamed after them as the Amazon or River
of the Amazons.
Amazons have been associated with Athena and Artemis, the two
Greek goddesses considered as the patrons of chastity, among other
virtues. The harem--Amazons were employed to guard chastity of
royal women -both queens and concubines. King's jealousy knew
no bounds on this count; even carrots, radishes and cucumbers
were not allowed in the harems, in case, these women, who were
actually prisoners of royal gaiety, might use them as dildoes
for carnal satisfaction. This danger was real because one man
(king) could not satisfy, say, one hundred women. To check lesbianism,
beauties of the harem were required to practise total seclusion.
Their doors were fastened from outside and they had to observe
purdah even within their allotted quarters. Slightest indiscretion
was punished severely and lesbianism called for execution
A eunuch was
the head of the King's seraglio. It was customary in Persia, where
this evil might have originated, to castrate a few hundred youths
for turning them into eunuchs, who formed part of the dowry, when
a king gave his daughter in marriage to someone else. These eunuchs,
who did not need sexual gratification themselves, were thought
harmless. Having nothing better to do, they pandered to the lust
of their master with an efficiency excelling religious devotion.
They knew the art of erotic display, and taught the harem-ladies
hilarious ways of doodling and canoodling, romantic postures,
fascinating gait, soft speaking and ravishing manners. As in the
Roman harems, they acted as night stewards in the private royal
chambers of India. Thus they attended to their master's needs
when they were fully naked satisfying their sensuality. The King
was usually guided by the Chief Eunuch in the selection of a bed-mate
for the night. It was he, who had her embellished for the occasion
with various dyes such as henna, and made fragrant with the use
of musk. He possessed an exquisite taste in sartorial elegance
and use of jewellery, and knew how to turn an ordinary woman into
a spectacle of sparkling beauty. Above all, he was the connoisseur
of aphrodisiacs, necessary to enrich carnal delights through perverse
procedures of prolongation.
who could administer effective stimulants to his master, was admittedly
a messenger from heaven. Since he was devoted to enhancing his
master's sexual pleasures' he was considered the most useful and
trusted member of the establishment. These royal eunuchs of the
Muslim harems picked up tips from the Hindu Antah-Puras (inner
apartments of the Royal Hindu palaces i.e. harems); they included
specially cooked dishes of young pigeons, chickens and sparrows;
narcotics also appeared on the list; opium was the favourite,
followed by special wines and strong liquors. The Persian Majuns
and Kushtas were in great demand owing to their proven effectiveness
in the seraglios of that country. It is claimed that Aurangzeb
was supplied with aphrodisiac fish known as "instinco of
Mecca," usually found in certain streams of Balkh.
With the delightful
efficiency of a eunuch, went his absolute loyalty for his master,
who, in any dispute trusted his word and rejected the evidence
of his wife. This is what made the eunuch a fearsome, formidable
and frightening character. A harem was a huge complex but Zenana,
where a king's or noble's ecstatic frivolities took place, was
the nerve-centre. It had to be superb enough to rival the luxurious
milieu of paradise. Every lady of the harem had been given her
own beautiful apartments, which were spacious, splendid and sumptuous,
though rank and income of the concubine did reflect itself in
the elegance of the setting. Almost every chamber had its reservoir
of water and running fountains in addition to finely laid out
gardens, grand alleys, shady retreats, silvery streams, grottoes
and underground structures of considerable architectural magnificence.
Since an average Muslim harem in India accommodated 2,000 women,
one can estimate its pomp in terms of taste, delicacy and expenditure.
Its extravagance is further heightened by the fact that a harem
might contain dainties of a dozen or more nationalities, each
having a particular sense of pleasure and satisfaction. As these
women provided their master with fun, felicity and frolics, he
had the duty to amuse, amaze and arouse them because a neglected
woman cannot offer worthwhile pleasure to the man devoted to delights
or lewdness. This raised the standard of luxury and expense to
mind-boggling altitudes. No wonder that Shah Jehan's harem cost
him more than one crore rupee per annum. It was a fantastic sum
of money at that time.
apartment was an example of a fairyland; every lady, irrespective
of her rank, had to be pretty like a picture; besides the natural
charm bestowed on her by proportionality of limbs, intoxication
of eyes, beauty of bust, fascination of gait, sweetness of speech
and enchantment of stature, she had to look a doll of light, colour
and fragrance. Thus, women of the harems were adept in the use
of rose-water, sandalwood, scented oils, flowers, rouge, powder,
henna, kajal and various dyes. The most expensive jewellery, (snatched
from the Indian rulers) crowned the beauty already made superb
by the cosmetic magic. India, the home of the most splendid diamonds
and rubies, looked at its best in these chambers of dazzling luxury.
The goldsmiths of Delhi and Agra became the privileged exploiters
of ladies' desire to adorn themselves with the sorcery of the
yellow metal. Their skills in making alluring ornaments coupled
with selling plausibility, robbed the royal treasury, but with
a tone much humbler than the plundering slogans of their imperial
the harem-ladies was less sensible and more sensual because these
dainties existed for one purpose only - the carnal gratification
of their masters with refreshing, ravishing and resplendent pleasures
irrespective of their perversity. It was not enough for them to
have natural beauty; they must embellish themselves to look erotic,
arousing and attractive. The decorated and musky bodies of these
women radiated an intense sex appeal when covered with transparent
clothes of exquisite texture and design. Their art of remaining
nude despite being dressed, was perfected by the weavers of Bengal,
whose skill of manufacturing diaphanous muslin was the greatest
sartorial luxury both in the east and west. It is said that when
Aurangzeb remonstrated with his daughter, Zeb-Un-Nisa, for having
hardly any clothes on, she claimed that she was wearing seven
layers of muslin!
Is it an exaggeration?
Probably not; the garments of these ladies were essentially gossamery:
they weighed about an ounce, and thus, could easily pass through
a ring. Calicos were yet another rage of the palaces. Their colourful
designs and ravishing impressions, gave their wearer the appearance
of a moving rose-bush. While the richest and powerful ladies of
Europe yearned for them, the ladies of the Indian harems enjoyed
of the harem-dainties for silk was ecstatic, erotic and extravagant.
No matter how hard-hearted a lady might be, she wanted to look
soft for alluring her master into a creamy net of gratification
to keep him away from her competitors. After all, these women
of the harems were used to spending a whole day in embellishing
themselves to appear as a twinkling star in the darkness of night.
The silken garments were embroidered with gold and silver and
their borders stitched with colourful laces having pearls and
rubies. These perfumed dolls though fully dressed in heavenly
costumes, looked naked, and proved the existence of paradise packed
with virgins of ravishing beauty, eager to gratify their lovers.
It was customary for the Muslim rulers to indluge in debauchery
all night and express devotion to high morality by praying to
Allah in the morning!
Silk was manufactured
in India, and its various types such as Satin, Keemkhwab, Katan,
etc., were imported from other countries to cater for the needs
and tastes of the "harem-houris." So precious was silk
in those days that Tamburlaine felt tempted to rob his victims
of their silken wear, which were usually studded with pearls and
diamonds This type of clothing had become a custom of the Muslim
harems in India. Not only did costumes of these ladies glitter
with costly pearls and diamonds but their shoes also sparkled
with precious stones. Even more tantalising were their coiffeurs
(head-dresses) having an aigrette with ostrich feathers and ruby
feature of the harems was fragrance and colourfulness induced
by scents, oils, henna, dyes, flowers, incense and sandalwood
Wine and music
are considered Satanic affairs in Islam, yet these were the favourite
pastimes of the Muslim rulers of India. They drank expensive wines
from the most precious cups. Many a prince, especially Akbar's
two sons, died from excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Serving wines ranked as an art in its own right and was appreciated
by the Muslim rulers. Jehangir, expressed his "drinking dignity"
by giving his empire to Nur Jehan for a "glass of wine."
a part of seduction but, when the royal hearts could not indulge
in this paradisiac hobby owing to excessive gratification, singing
and dancing took over the role of amusement. Not only did the
professional dancing women called "Kanchanis" entertain
the rulers but also their concubines, who eagerly learnt this
art for gaining an easy access to their master's will, also exhibited
their skills of providing enjoyment. As their fun-loving tendencies
reached the apex of exhilaration, the ruler and royal ladies showered
trays of gold and silver coins on the performers.
were essentially cultivated prostitutes, who could sing and dance;
they possessed polished manners, which had the magic of suppressing
their vileness, and projecting their vivacity. Having lost their
sense of propriety through excessive lechery, the royal males
succumbed to the variety of pleasures that these whores supplied.
As dealing in hearts was their trade, they extorted rnaximum price
for what they offered. History has recorded that a strumpet called
Lal Kunwar, a favourite of the court at Delhi during the short
reign of Jehandar Shah, was able to secure high ranks for her
brothers, as well as presents of jewels and elephants for herself.
harems had several purposes:
Muslim rulers sincerely held that faith in Islam meant the guarantee
of houris, the most beautiful virgins that one can imagine. Paradise
is the abode of polygamy where men have all the rights to sexual
indulgence and women are loaded with the obligations to please
them. Thus, the Muslim rulers and nobles of India treated sexuality
as a form of worship without having any moral qualm at all.
portrayed as the austere monarch, had several concubines. His
excessive attachment to Zainabadi Mahal is well-known to history.
She was a Hindu girl; her real name was Hira Bai, a concubine
of Saif Khan, the governor of Burhan Pur. Saif Khan, a blood-thirsty
man, was married to Aurangzeb's maternal aunt. When he (Aurangzeb)
was appointed the Governor of the Deccan, he broke journey at
Burhanpur to pay respect to his aunt. As he saw the stunning beauty
of Hira Bai, he felt enchanted and remained in this state for
several hours. Eventually, when he recovered, he confidentially
told his aunt about his emotional upset, and the nagging desire
for the girl. Knowing the ferocious nature of her husband, she
felt a tremor of consternation piercing through her body, but
agreed to talk to him about bestowing Hira Bai on him (Aurangzeb).
that Aurangzeb was a rising star in Indian politics, he thought
it fit to oblige the prince but conditionally. He was willing
to part with Hira Bai provided he could have Chattar Bai, the
Hindu concubine of Aurangzeb!
We ought to
realise that Aurangzeb, the Emperor, is considered a mighty but
austere saint of Islam. One can see his moral conduct when it
comes to concubinage. Yet we should not place an undue emphasis
on his character with reference to this event. After all, this
is an established Islamic practice.
the Muslim rulers of India were determined to impress the Hindus
with their power, pomp and prestige. They wanted to appear as
extraordinary kings, whose might, magnificence and martial excellence
must be acknowledged by their Hindu subjects. After all, running
harems of several thousand women bubbling with beauty and zest,
is not a child's play. Of course, the Hindu Rajahs also had their
seraglios but they ranked as sinful brothels because the Vedas
do not stamp lust, lechery and lewdness with piety, purity and
probity. However, in Islam, the situation is totally different;
it is morally and legally right to murder non-Muslims for abducting
their women with a view to turning them into concubines; having
sexual intercourse with them is no sin; even flogging and selling
them at will is permissible.
large harems by the Muslim rulers had a sinister political purpose:
allow sexual intercourse with a non-Muslim woman but forbids marriage
with her. Thus, the marriages of Akbar and his sons and grandsons
with the Hindu princesses cannot be taken seriously, and must
be treated as a mystifying political ruse to appease and please
the subject Hindu rulers. In fact, the Hindu princesses were very
useful hostages of the foreign rulers. The subjugated royal fathers
and brothers of these girls felt attached to the Muslim monarchs
as a matter of pride. Despite being children of the Hindu princesses
from their Muslim husbands, they thought of themselves as Turks
and Mughals; the part--Hindu blood in their veins and Indian birth
made no difference to them. Even the subject Hindu rulers looked
upon these children as part of their dynastic honour and supported
them with their wealth and blood to perpetuate their own national
yet another aspect of these "marriages" which was even
more atrocious: the Hindu custom has laid it down that the bride's
father must give maximum dowry to his daughter. The Hindu brides
brought, not only huge numbers of female servants with them (as
a part of dowry) to swell the size of the royal harems but magnificent
treasures also accompanied them in the form of jewellery, gold,
diamonds, money, elephants, horses and land estates. For example,
when Rajah Bhagwan Das arranged the marriage of his daughter,
Man Bai with Prince Salim, he bestowed on her a cash dowry of
two Crore Tankahs, an absolutely fabulous sum during that time;
in addition, he gave her one hundred elephants, several hundred
horses of high pedigree, golden vessels encrusted with diamonds
and family jewellery accumulated over a period of centuries. Nobody
has been able to compute the value of this merchandise.
Singh gave two crore (20 million) rupees as a dowry settlement
of his daughter to Farrukh Siyar, in addition to the most expensive
paraphernalia of the type already mentioned. It happened during
the time when Charles I of England could not raise one million
pounds to fight his parliamentary rebels!
harem-building of the Muslim rulers was a form of political piracy
to keep the Hindus under subjugation through marital ligatures.
many instances to show that most of the Muslim rulers of India
wanted a fresh virgin every night. Mirza Ghazi Beg, the governor
of Sindh, during Akbar's reign, is a frequently cited case. However,
lechery of the Muslim rulers and nobles in India is not confined
to women; it also extends to homosexuality; after all, young boys
are a part of the Islamic paradise .There were plenty of nobles.
who hankered after the boys.
the sexual scope not only in this world but also declares carnal
enjoyment as the goal of life--after-death, which can be achieved
by gaining entry into paradise through the agency of the Prophet
Muhammad only. This philosophy has devastated the Muslim mind
all over the world: it is opium which keeps believers in a state
of insensibility; they forget all about realities of life and
moral obligation to enjoy the delightful vagaries of make-believe
saturated with sexual sweetness. Therefore, it is interesting
1. What, paradise is, and
2. What kind of sexual pleasures it offers.
In a nutshell,
paradise is the most luxurious place for Sex-after-Death. As such
a great issue cannot be tackled briefly, especially, when sex
is considered to be of several types, I may devote the next chapter
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