Posts Tagged ‘Punishment for adultery in Islam’

A few days back, our news channels were swarmed with videos of a girl being flogged on charges of having illicit relations in Swat. And then started the whole run of the mill routine of condemnation of the act, rallies and protests by human rights activists, political parties and the inane statements by our government. The act happened (if the video is authentic) so what mattered was not if it happened before the peace deal or not but it occurred without any legal trial to establish the charge.

I never intended to write about it but the media started having discussions and the experts (?) started voicing their opinions. On one channel, a lady said she didn’t agree with the punishment (not just in this case but the whole idea). Oh well, nobody does agree with the way things are happening in Swat, but we shouldn’t forget about the hudood laws set by Allah or question the law as given in the Holy Quran. How some people try to mould Islamic rules and regulations catering to their needs reflecting their own brand of Islamization is not the true picture of the religion preached by Prophet Mohammad (SAW).

The whole point of my above rants is Islam doesn’t have types like extremist Islam, moderate Islam which we keep hearing every where. It’s just not a religion but a way of life. Because some people chose to churn out their own version OR don’t agree with the laid laws OR make amendments, their portrayal of Islamic principles will not be considered as Islam.

Anyways, posting the ayahs as given in the Holy Quran related to the subject. Everybody note the act is considered a great sin,the way to establish charge is given in clear, and false charge is dealt harshly to.

Adultery – Fornication Sexual misconduct – a great offense (sin)

“And come not near to adultery. It is an abomination and an evil way”

Bunn-e-Israel (17:32)

Persons guilty of adultery and fornication will meet chastisement and ignominy in the HereAfter.

“And those who appeal not to any other god along with Allah, nor take the life which Allah has forbidden save in (course of) justice, or commit adultery and who does this shall face the penalty. The doom will be doubled for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein disdained forever. ”

Al Furqan (25:68 – 25:69)

Punishment for fornication by unmarried man and woman – flog publicly with stripes as a deterrent (ordained during the year 5 AH)

“Flog both the adulterer man and the adulteress woman (with) a hundred stripes. And let not pity for the twain withhold you from compliance to Allah, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of believers witness their punishment.”

Al Noor (24:2)

It’s interesting to note that the punishment for stoning to death for adultery was also mentioned in Torah. Also, the punishment is for both the partners because it takes two to tango! Now coming over to the part about how the matter should be judged

Evidence of four witnesses to testify the crime of adultery or fornication

“As for those of your women are guilty of sexual offense call to witness four of your against them. And if they testify (to the truth of the allegation) then confine them to their houses until death takes them or (until) Allah grants them a way.”

Al Nisa (4:15)

And since it’s such a personal matter thereby requiring testimony of four persons indicates that the matter is not to be taken lightly.

Punishment for a person who launches charge of adultery, incest in chaste lady but fails to produce a witness

However, if the accusations are proved false, Allah also tells us a way to deal with the person levying such a great slander

And those who accuse honorable women but bring not four witness, flog them (with) eighty stripes and never (afterwards) accept their testimony – They indeed are evildoers.

Al Nisa (24:4)

“As for those who slander virtuous, believing women (who are) careless, cursed are they in the world and HereAfter. Theirs will be an awful doom. ”

Al Noor (24:23)

“Liyan” – Accusing wife of adultery without any support of evidence and procedure of establishing charge

The following ayahs relate to when a married man accuses the way of wrong doing

“As for those who launches a charge against their wives but have (in support0 no witness except of their own, let one of them testify four times (swearing) by Allah that he is of those who speak the truth. And yet a fifth (oath) should be solemnly invoking the curse of Allah on himself if he is of those who tell a lie. ”

Al Noor (24:6- 24:7)

Procedure of refutation of charge by wife for the acquittal

And to prevent the woman from being accused wrongly, the following way can be taken by the woman

“And it shall avert the punishment for the wife if she bears witness before Allah four times (with an oath) that the thing he (her husband) says is indeed false. And a fifth (time) oath should be that the wrath (anger) of Allah be upon herself if her husband speaks the truth. And had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy to you, and that Allah is Clement, Wise (you had been ruined). “

Al Noor (24:8 – 24:10)

And so no one is penalized in this world and judgment is left in Allah’s hands as He is All-Knowing.

Preventive measure against molestation, fornication and slander

And to prevent the Muslims from this evil, Allah even guides us a way

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and to guard their private parts. This is virtuous for them. Surely Allah is aware of what they do.”

Al Noor (24:30)

Now, the questions that should have been asked by the media, human right activist should have been who the witnesses were and who authorized such a brutal act? Since as far as I know, the whole episode occurred because a neighbor had a ‘suspicion’ about the lady in question. Now, if there were no witnesses to the whole deed, why isn’t the neighbor with his ‘suspicion’ being penalized as directed? And also to tell them that Islamic principles don’t apply on females only!