RAPE & ADULTERY
March 3rd, 2009 by Dr. Shabbir
Mullahs have made Pakistan Hell with capital H. The Mullah-made, barbaric stoning in Shari’ah Stinks with capital S. Many of the so-called Muslim countries impose the barbaric, man-made Shari’ah laws in their jurisdictions including Pakistan. And no leadership has the courage to repeal it.
RAPE: The so-called Muslims have failed to see the punishment of RAPE in the Qur’an for one thousand years! Most people think that the Book prescribes no punishment for the rapist. But the Qur’an claims to be a well perfected Book and that it covers all things that were necessary to be revealed (Innattibiyaana lakulla shayi). Would Allah forget to prescribe any punishment for this most heinous crime? The Qur’an does not use the term Zina-bil-Jabr (forced sex) for good reason since it prescribes grievous punishment even for harassing or bothering women. The term used in 33:60 derives from Rajf = Creating alarm = Bothering = Frightening = Harassing = Causing to tremble = Inciting fear. The punishment for men creating Rajf among women could vary from exile to slaying depending on the persistence and extent of Rajf caused by the accused]
33:60 Thus it is: If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is disease, and those who create turmoil in the City do not desist (from maligning women), We shall give you control over them (O Prophet). And then they will be your neighbors for no more than a short while.
33:61 Accursed, they shall be seized wherever found and slain one and all. [This is the penalty for men who keep annoying innocent women on the street, assault them or rape them]
33:62 That was the way of God among those who lived before. And never will you find any change in God’s way.
Four Witnesses: Do we find in the Qur’an anywhere that the witnesses must be four Muslim men only? No!
24:4 (Protecting the honor of a woman is extremely important.) Those who accuse chaste women and then fail to produce four witnesses (the court of law shall order to) carry out eighty lashes to such accusers. And never in the future accept their testimony. They have drifted away from morality. [24:23. Faasiq = One who drifts away–from what? Will depend on the context]
4:15 (Protection of honor and chastity for men and women, both, is the cornerstone of a virtuous society. 17:32, 4:24.) If any woman or a group of women spread sexual immorality or lewdness in the society, it is required that the appropriate court take four reliable witnesses. If their testimony corroborates with other evidence (12:26), confine them to their houses (since immorality is as contagious as good conduct). This confinement would be for an indefinite period, unless such women seek the way of God (such as repentance and reform or that the singles among them get honorably married). [Maut, literally death, has been translated as indefinite period in agreement with Jurjani and Raghib] 4:16 If the two of you spread such immorality or lewdness in the society, punish both of them (as determined by the appropriate court of law). But if they repent and mend their ways, leave them alone. God is the Acceptor of repentance, Merciful. [This verse includes homosexuality, male and female, also a heterosexual couple committing lewdness in public]
Adultery: 24:2 The adulteress and the adulterer, flog each one of them with a hundred stripes. And let not compassion sway you in their case from carrying out God’s law, if you believe in God and the Last Day. And let a group of believers witness the penalty. [Jaldah (from skin) implies that the lashes must be superficial on the skin. And the presence of a group of believers clearly indicates the punishment as a means of deterrence and not torture. Nowhere does the Qur’an ordain the barbaric punishment of stoning to death anyone for any crime. Notice that the punishment would apply to adultery committed in public since it is a crime almost always committed in privacy with anyone seldom being a witness]
Shabbir, a life-long student