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Everything about adultery in the Quran

Everything about adultery in the Quran

Extramarital sex and premarital sex are known as ‘zina’ in Arabic. The phrase ‘zina’ signifies deliberate sexual relations between men and women not married to one another, regardless of whether one or both are married to other people.

Therefore, zina does not differentiate between ‘adultery’ (sex between a married person and an unmarried person) and ‘fornication’ (sex between two unmarried people). In the Quran, zina is one of the great sins besides murder and the belief in more than one true god. Sharia law imposes penalties for Muslim men and women upon committing zina because the law prohibits the act and considers this prohibition to be for the greater good and protection of all Muslims, for the integrity and preservation of matrimony.

Adultery is a criminal offence in some Islamic countries. In Pakistan under the Hudood Ordinance, officials enforce the penalty of imprisonment and corporal punishment for adulterers. In cases of rape the issue has been particularly controversial because it requires women who claim to be victims of rape to provide extremely strong evidence to avoid being charged with adultery themselves. The most extreme consequence of zina is the sentencing and condemnation of some Muslim women and men to death by stoning (rajm). Perhaps only in Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria, and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has the death penalty by stoning been performed.

The stoning of a Muslim as punishment for sexual sin is not prescribed in the Holy Quran itself but is prescribed in the hadith (the teachings and activities of Prophet Muhammad); The Quran is the foundation of Islamic Law and the hadith functions as the explanation of those laws. There are prescribed punishments regarding illegal sexual activity in the Quran and many believe this to be noted in surah 24:2.

“The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication, - flog each of them with a hundred stripes: let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Lad Day: and let a party of believers witness their punishment”.

The legal standards of adultery do not apply in social and family disputes where the criteria for proof are not as rigorous.


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