Priapism (Permanent Erection)

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The Greek fertility god Priapus.


Priapism is a potentially painful medical condition, in which the erect penis or clitoris[1] does not return to its flaccid state, despite the absence of both physical and psychological stimulation, within four hours. The name comes from the Greek god Priapus, a fertility god often represented with a disproportionately large and permanent erection.[2][3]

Priapism is considered a medical emergency, which should receive proper treatment by a qualified medical practitioner. The duration of a normal erection before it is classifiable as priapism is still controversial. Some sources say an ongoing penile erection for more than 6 hours, rather than 4 hours, can be classified as priapism.[4]

Priapisms in Paradise

According to Islamic scripture, all Muslim males that are admitted to Paradise will technically suffer from priapisms. A hasan hadith[5] from Ibn Majah (one of the six canonical hadith collections) concerning the 72 virgins provides this detail on the physical attributes given to men by Allah to sustain them (Muslim males "will have an ever-erect penis").[6] Al-Suyuti (one of the latter-day authorities of the Shafi'i School of fiqh) also wrote that the "penis of the Elected never softens. The erection is eternal".[7]

Death Erection

A death erection, angel lust, or terminal erection is a post-mortem erection, technically a priapism. It has been observed in the corpses of human males[8] and also in the animal kingdom. Possibly the most famous occurrence being in the Berezovka Mammoth,[9] discovered in 1900.

While it is usually observed in victims of hangings, it can also be found in victims of violent deaths by poisoning, fatal gunshot wounds to the brain, or a stroke or other brain embolisms. And it can also be caused by decomposition.[10] In some rare cases, ejaculation of semen may also occur.[11]

Muhammad’s Death Erection

Abu al-Fida (1273 – 1331 AD) was a Muslim geographer and historian. He relates that Prophet Muhammad suffered from a death erection. Ali ibn Abi Ṭalib, the fourth Rightly-guided Caliph of Islam (and also Muhammad's son-in-law and cousin) washed his body after his death, and had exclaimed, "O prophet, thy penis is erect unto the sky!"[12]

The mainstream Muslim understanding and the Islamic sources concerning Muhammad's death say he died of poisoning by a Jewish women. However the effects of the poison were only gradual. The hadith surrounding his death are consistent with the possibility he suffered a brain embolism leading to his post-mortem erection.

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  1. Gharahbaghian L (November 2008). "Clitoral Priapism with No Known Risk Factors". West J Emerg Med 9 (4): 235–7. PMC 2672283. PMID 19561754.
  2. "Priapus, in Greek religion, a god of animal and vegetable fertility whose originally Asian cult started in the Hellespontine regions, centring especially on Lampsacus. He was represented in a caricature of the human form, grotesquely misshapen, with an enormous phallus." - "Priapus". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2013. Web. 21 Apr. 2013.
  3. "In Greek mythology, Priapus or Priapos (Ancient Greek: Πρίαπος), was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his absurdly oversized, permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism. He became a popular figure in Roman erotic art and Latin literature..." - Priapus, Wikipedia, accessed April 22, 2013
  4. C. Van der Horst, Henrik Stuebinger, Christoph Seif, Diethild Melchior, F.J. Martinez-Portillo, K.P. Juenemann, ”Priapasm – Etiology, Pathophysiology and Management,” International Braz J Urol (Brazilian Society of Urology) Vol. 29 (5): 391-400, September - October, 2003
  5. Shaykh Gibril Haddad - How Many Wives Will The Believers Have In Paradise? - SunniPath, Question ID:4828, July 3, 2005
  6. "Abu Umama narrated: "The Messenger of God said, 'Everyone that God admits into paradise will be married to 72 wives; two of them are houris and seventy of his inheritance of the [female] dwellers of hell. All of them will have libidinous sex organs and he will have an ever-erect penis.' " - Sunan Ibn Majah, Zuhd (Book of Abstinence) 39
  7. "Each time we sleep with a Houri we find her virgin. Besides, the penis of the Elected never softens. The erection is eternal; the sensation that you feel each time you make love is utterly delicious and out of this world and were you to experience it in this world you would faint. Each chosen one [i.e. Muslim] will marry seventy [sic] houris, besides the women he married on earth, and all will have appetizing vaginas." - Al-Suyuti, Al-Itqan fi Ulum al-Qur'an, p. 351
  8. Willis Webster Grube (1897). A Compendium of practical medicine for the use of students and practitioners of medicine. Hadley Co.. Retrieved 2007-01-26. "Erection has long been observed to follow injuries to the cerebellum and spinal cord. Out of eleven cases of cerebellar hemorrhage, erection of the penis was noted six times by Serres. Death by hanging is often accompanied by partial erection."
  9. E. W. Pfizenmayer (1926). "Mammutleichen und Urwaldmenschen". Page 165-167
  10. Steve Bourget (2006). Sex, death, and sacrifice in Moche religion and visual culture. page 124. University of Texas Press.
  11. Science Editor, Stefan Anitei - Dead Men Can Really Have Erection! Sometimes They Ejaculate, too... - Softpedia
  12. "Sibi robur ad generationem, quantum triginta viri habent, inesse jactaret; ita ut unicâ horâ posset undecim feminis satisfacere, ut ex Arabum libris refert Stus Petrus Paschasius, c. 2 (Maracci, Prodromus Alcoran, p. iv. p. 55. See likewise Observations de Belon, l. iii. c. 10, fol. 179, recto). Al Jannabi (Gagmer, tom. iii. p. 487) records his own testimony that he surpassed all men in conjugal vigour; and Abulfeda mentions the exclamation of Ali, who washed his body after his death, “O propheta, certe penis tuus cælum versus erectus est” (in Vit. Mohammed. p. 140)." - Edward Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" Vol. 9 - Footnote 175