Fornication / adultery

May God forgive me and guide me regarding any sign that would have been misinterpreted in this study and elsewhere. May He always guide us to a better understanding of His profound scripture so we can purify ourselves and increase our knowledge.

God commanded us to preserve our chastity:

(33:35) The Muslim men and the Muslim women, the believing men and the believing women, the obedient men and the obedient women, the truthful men and the truthful women, the patient men and the patient women, the humble men and the humble women, the charitable men and the charitable women, the fasting men and the fasting women, the chaste men as well as women who preserve [it], men who remember God frequently, as well as women who remember [Him]: God has assuredly prepared for them forgiveness and a sublime recompense.

(23:5) And those who preserve their chastity.

(24:30) Enjoin (O Muhammad) believing men to lower their gaze and to preserve their chastity; It is what is most pure for you. In truth, God is fully aware of their acts. (24:31) And enjoin believing women to lower their gaze and preserve their chastity, and not to reveal any of their attributes of beauty except that which is [manifestly] apparent, and to draw their veils over their chests…

To transgress this commandment is a catastrophic sin in Islam:

(24:2) [When it comes to] the woman guilty of fornication or adultery (azzayinatu), as well the man guilty of fornication or adultery (azzani), flog both of them with a hundred lashes, and do not let pity towards them overcome you in implementing God’s law, if you believe in God and the last day. And let a group of believers witness their [dual plural] punishment. (24:3) The men guilty of fornication or adultery won’t be able to marry except a women guilty of fornication or adultery or a polytheist, and the women guilty of fornication or adultery won’t be able to marry except a man guilty of fornication or adultery or a polytheist. Such a thing has been forbidden for believers (al mouwminin = Muslims). (24:4) And those who accuse free women (Muhsanat = chaste women, married or not, and not captives, see 5:5), without producing afterwards four witnesses, flog each of them with eighty lashes, and do not accept their testimony ever again. They are the ones who transgress; (24:5) Except those who repent after that, and reform, because God is the one who protects, Most Merciful. (24:6) And those who accuse their spouses, but do not have any witnesses other than themselves, the testimony of each of them has to be four testimonies towards God that he is indeed among the truthful, (24:7) and the fifth that God’s curse may be upon him if he is among the liars. (24:8) But the punishment [of 100 lashes] will be spared to her if she testifies four times towards God that he (her husband) is among the liars, (24:9) and the fifth [testimony] that God’s curse may be upon her if he is among the truthful. (24:10) And [could you even fathom what would happen] if it were not for God’s grace towards you, as well as His Mercy, and [the fact] that He is the One who comes back relentlessly, the Wise !?

Table of contents:

1. Definition of Zina (زنى = fornication/adultery).

2. Why is stoning to death the adulterer a religious law in sunni and shia societies?

3. Is stoning to death ever mentioned in the Quran ?

4. 100 lashes: Is it the only possible sentence?

5. 100 lashes: Is it symbolical or severe?

6. Fornication/adultery is a catastrophic sin: Can it be forgiven?

7. Accusing a person of fornication/adultery: 4 witnesses required; what is the punishment if proofs are missing.

8. Are non Muslim communities subject to Quranic law in an Islamic society?

9. Homosexuality

10. Rape


1. Definition of Zina (زنى = fornication/adultery).

No verse in the Quran makes any distinction between fornication and adultery: Married or not, the two persons found guilty are sentenced with a hundred lashes, as 24:2 details it: “And let a group of believers witness their [dual plural] punishment.”

“Their” (Huma) is a dual plural and suggests that both persons (men and women) that are found guilty of fornication or adultery will be punished together. It is the one and only law that we find in the Quran fully detailed, because it is obvious that a married man could have an extra marital affair with either a married or unmarried woman, and vice versa, as well as two unmarried persons. In all cases, the punishment is 100 lashes for both of them in an Islamic society.

The Quran makes the difference between “to approach zinâ” (fornication/adultery) as we see in 17:32, and the sin itself. 4:25 points out that it is forbidden to have a secret lover, whether there is any sexual relationship involved or not. For this reason, the definition of “zinâ” (fornication/adultery, no difference in Islam) implies some form of sexual contact; for example kissing someone can easily be a first step towards fornication or adultery, because there is a danger to go to a further step which would clearly establish that someone is having an illicit relationship, without necessarily committing the sin of fornication or adultery in itself. In other words, it is unimaginable that a person can be found guilty of fornication of adultery in Islam without a sexual contact of some kind, and being aware that a person commits a grievous sin even before the catastrophic sin of “zinâ”.

2. Why is stoning to death the adulterer a religious law in sunni and shia societies?

In spite of the fact that the Quran never mentions any sentence regarding stoning the adulterer, many hadiths regarded as authentic state that the adulterer, men and women, shall be stoned to death. For example:

“Sahih” Muslim, Book 017, Number 4191:

‘Ubada b. as-Samit reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Receive (teaching) from me, receive (teaching) from me. Allah has ordained a way for those (women). When an unmarried male commits adultery with an unmarried female (they should receive) one hundred lashes and banishment for one year. And in case of married male committing adultery with a married female, they shall receive one hundred lashes and be stoned to death.

“Sahih” Muslim, Book 017, Number 4201:

Ibn Abbas reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said to Ma’iz b. Malik: Is it true what has reached me about you? He said: What has reached you about me? He said: It has reached me that you have committed (adultery) with the slave-girl of so and so? He said: Yes. He (the narrator) said: He testified four times. He (the Holy Prophet) then made pronouncement about him and he was stoned (to death).

3. Is stoning to death ever mentioned in the Quran ?

Yes indeed, the act of stoning is mentioned in five instances in the Quran, but exclusively in connection with people who are proven idol worshippers and reject Islam and God’s messengers (11:91, 18:20, 19:46, 26:116, 36:18).


(11:91) They proclaimed: “O Chuaib, we do not understand what you say, and we consider you as weak compared to us; if it were not for your family, we would surely have stoned you; you have no power over us.

Stoning the adulterer – and stoning in general – is not a Quranic law, and no believer can ever be associated with such a satanic and barbaric sentence according to God’s final revelation. On the contrary, stoning is one of the utmost proofs of disbelief in God and His revelations since inventing laws that contradict the Quran is an advanced state of polytheism according to the Word of God (4:60-61, 42:21). Stoning is nothing more than the signature of satan.

According to the Quran, the punishment in case of fornication or adultery is not stoning to death but 100 lashes (24;2).

The 100 lashes cannot possibly be followed by the sentence of stoning, even if a married person is involved, as followers of hadiths claim (see the first hadith quoted above), because 24:3 shows that a person who received the punishment of 100 lashes can afterwards only marry a fornicator/adulterer or a polytheist.

Question for Sunnis and Shias who dare to claim that stoning is God’s law:

How is it possible for a person who has been stoned to death to possibly get married afterwards?

(4:25) And whoever among you is not in a position to marry a free believing woman (mouhsanat = a woman who is not under the yoke of slavery), then (you may find a spouse) among the young believing women whom you possess (lit. with your right hands = who are under the yoke of slavery). God knows (the nature of) your faith, you are from one another, so marry them with the permission of their family, and grant them their due dowry in an equitable manner; [they should] be chaste, not immoral women, and not have secret lovers. If once married, they become guilty of immorality (in the context of adultery), they receive half the punishment (100/2 = 50 lashes) of a free woman (muhsanat = free woman, married or not, not necessarily Muslim according to the strict definition of the word). This is directed to whomever among you fears [to fall into] sin, and it is better if you to remain patient; God is oft forgiving, Most Merciful.

4:25 proves incontrovertibly that stoning is a pagan law inspired by satan. It is absolutely impossible to divide death by two (stoning is clearly a death sentence), but 100 lashes divided by 2 is 50 lashes, and it is God’s law. This is the proof that the numerous hadiths which advocate stoning are satanic laws in complete contradiction with the Word of God. Every single time the Quran refers to stoning, it is always idol worshipers who threaten to do it, never believers. Even the ritual of stoning during Hajj is never mentioned or even hinted at anywhere in the Quran, and is therefore not part of the pure ritual of Hajj (the real reason why we go to Mina is to sacrifice an animal in the name of God and meditate upon God’s immense mercy who saved Abraham from sacrificing his son, and not to divert our attention from God by practicing what is by definition a pagan ritual).

– The invention of the ritual of stoning satan probably comes from a complete misunderstanding of satan’s attribute “al rajeem” (“the outcast”, meaning “rejected” from Paradise, see 15:34, 38:77). “Rajeem” is part of the root “rajama”, which means “to stone”, but never bears the same meaning in the context of the Quran regarding satan. We very often hear non native English Muslims say “I seek refuge in God against satan the stoned” (very awkward in English to say the least) instead of “satan the outcast”, referring to 16:98. It is completely ignoring the real meaning of verses 15:34 and 38:77.

Verses 24:2-10 and 4:25 show that in a Muslim society, the Quranic punishment for adultery in general has to be applied to the two persons guilty of fornication: The only exception could be when a Jew or a Christian committed zinâ and no Muslim is involved (because otherwise both people are punished together), because an Islamic society allows Jewish or Christian tribunals; the Quran acknowledges that God’s law is present in the Bible, see the commentary of 5:47 later.

According to the Quran, what makes the difference between 100 or 50 lashes is the fact that a woman was free or under the yoke of slavery before getting married. A believing woman (muwminat = Muslim according to the Quran) who is married and was previously under the yoke of slavery will only receive 50 lashes in case of adultery according to 4:25: By equivalence, a woman who is non Muslim, married, and previously a slave, and would commit adultery with a Muslim (or whoever else) would receive 50 lashes, but 100 if she has always been free. In a Muslim society, God’s law is applicable to everyone.

(17:32) Never [put yourself in a situation where you can] be close to [committing] adultery (azzinâ). In truth, it is an immoral act and a road to perdition! (17:33) Never kill any soul, God forbid such a thing, unless by due course of [Quranic] law; whoever is killed unjustly, we have given the authority to his close relative (see 2:178); but he should not commit any excess when it comes to [carrying out any] killing, indeed he is [already fully] supported [by the law].

The context of the above verses makes it clear that God knew that human beings would transgress the Quranic law and replace it with the satanic law of stoning. It is why God mentions the absolute interdiction to kill any soul right after mentioning “zinâ” (adultery/fornication). The Quran never authorizes the capital punishment except in case of murder, assassination, or other horrible crimes (5:33, 17:33) (and even then, alternative sentence can be applied), and never in case of adultery. Whoever applies a sentence of stoning in case of adultery can easily be sentenced to death according to 17:32-33 and 2:178.

4. 100 lashes: Is it the only possible sentence?

(4:15) And [as for] those of your women who commit immorality, call four [people] among you to serve as witnesses against them. If they testify, then confine them in houses (possibly their homes if it is a viable solution to isolate them from the rest of society), until death comes to them, or until God provides them an exit [such as marriage if they repent and reform]. (4:16) As for the two (individuals) among you who commit it (immorality), punish them (100 lashes in case of zinâ). But if they repent and reform, then leave them alone [that is to say do not assign them to residence or send them to prison]. In truth, God is the one who grants forgiveness, [The] Merciful. (4:17) God only accepts the repentance from people who commit evil out of ignorance and repent without delay. Such are those upon whom God grants forgiveness. God is Omniscient, Wise, (4:18) Repentance is not accepted from those who commit evil until death becomes manifest to one of them who will then say: “I now repent!”; nor from those who die in a state of disbelief. They are those to whom we have prepared a painful retribution.

Some commentators claim that some verses abrogate others, for instance that 4:15 is abrogated by 24:2. This is absolutely false because the Quran states that nothing abrogates the word of God (see most notably 6:115 and 18:27). Verse 2:106 is often cited out of context to claim that some verses abrogate others; on the contrary, the previous verse (2:105) points out that it is only part of previous revelations that are abrogated by the Quran, since it “subrogates” previous revelations (see 5:48).

Far from that, 4:15 completes 24:2 and 4:25 when it comes to the sentence applicable for fornication/adultery, and shows that if a person commits immoral acts but refuses to repent and reform, he or she is assigned to residence (or imprisoned) to protect the rest of the population from physical and moral corruption.

Let us also stress on the fact that the word “fahichat” (فحشة = immorality) in 4:15 which in the general context of the Quran designates sins that are potentially wider than fornication and adultery between a man and a woman, and englobes sins like homosexuality, rape, prostitution, etc…

If verse 4:15 cites as an example women assigned to residence (or imprisoned) in case of fornication/adultery, 4:16 implies that the sentence is potentially applicable to both persons guilty of immorality:

… (4:16) As for the two (individuals) among you who commit it (immorality), punish them (100 lashes in case of zinâ). But if they repent and reform, then leave them alone [that is to say do not assign them to residence or send them to prison].

– There is absolutely no reason why only women would be sentenced in such a way and not men, when they commit exactly the same sin.

The Islamic society does not tolerate immorality and takes strict measures to avoid its propagation. On the other hand, Islam is a religion of Mercy and offers an exit to whoever repents and reforms sincerely, as long as he or she does not present a threat for society any longer.

The punishment for adultery/fornication/immorality ends therefore with the sentence as defined in 24:2 (100 lashes) for anyone who repents and reform.

5. 100 lashes: Is it symbolical or severe?

We studied in detail that the real punishment in case of fornication/adultery is 100 lashes, and that a death sentence is not only impossible but strictly forbidden by the Quran. 24:2 also proclaims the following commandment: “and do not let pity towards them overcome you in implementing God’s law, if you believe in God and the last day.

There is no possible alternative here: “The punishment of 100 lashes is not symbolical, but a real physical punishment which has to be applied. We then have to take into account the following facts:

Islam is a religion of mercy; the goal of this sentence is not to destroy a human being: 100 lashes applied mercilessly can easily either kill or destroy physically and psychologically a human being for the rest of his or her life.

Someone who would carry out the punishment and would kill someone would at least commit a homicide, and even a murder if the goal was to apply the sentence mercilessly or the person had the intention to kill. In the latter case, the murderer would face the death penalty. It is simply unthinkable in Islam that a punishment for “zinâ” can ever result in death or any physical damage other than superficial.

The punishment is therefore substantial but superficial, that is to say without causing any injury (no blood, no internal damage).

For instance, the person who received the punishment should be able to go to work afterwards. His or her family should not have to suffer financially in addition to the trauma that was caused because he or she would be incapacitated as a result.

The age, gender and physical condition of the person has to be taken into consideration to make sure that no unfortunate accident can ever happen. A person in poor physical condition would receive only a light or symbolical punishment.

In short, any person who would apply the punishment should do so with the fear of exceeding the limits defined by God, because only disbelievers behave that way. Let us meditate the meaning of the following verse:

(26:130) And when you strike, you strike mercilessly.

The context of 26:130 is very general (it bears a broader meaning that in the simple context of a battle) and describes any situation where one strikes or injures someone physically. The verb “batacha” (بطش) means to “physically harm”, “strike”, “hold forcibly” (see 28:19, 44:16). The word “batch” (بَطۡش) often means “punishment” like in 85:12.

☞ 26:130 shows the difference between disbelievers who strike or punish mercilessly and believers who have a heart and truly understand the meaning of Mercy. When it comes to the punishment for zinâ, believers will evaluate the situation and apply a measured sentence. A person who applies the punishment for zinâ has to decide whether he is on the side of disbelievers who strike mercilessly or on the side of believers who follow the letter and the spirit of the Word of God and whose hearts are filled with compassion.

6. Fornication/adultery is a catastrophic sin: Can it be forgiven?

We are going to see in this section that if Quranic law is indeed tough, Islam is all about forgiveness; in the end, what matters most is our ability to keep faith in God’s mercy no matter what kind of sin we may commit and demonstrate our ability to undergo a complete transformation of our lives.

Whether someone is married or not, zinâ is absolutely catastrophic because in addition to having lost irreparably your chastity for the rest of your life, a Muslim has only two options left when it comes to marriage (24:3):

– The first is to marry a polytheist. If a person chooses this option, he or she is clearly no longer a Muslim, because a Muslim cannot possibly marry a non believer or a polytheist. One exception may be that the person who is a polytheist or non believer has the intention to embrace Islam; in that case, a great sin could be partially alleviated by God’s mercy.

– The second option is that of two people who committed the sin of zinâ (together or separately) and who wish to get married. They obviously can be forgiven by God and the Muslim community if they repent and uphold God’s commandments, and therefore stay within the realm of Islam.

On the other hand, the law decreed in 24:3 shows that it is forbidden for a Muslim who never committed the sin of zinâ to ever marry a Muslim who committed it. The fornicator or adulterer is therefore never considered at the same level as others for the rest of his or her life when it comes to marital law. It shows that it is such a grievous sin that it is almost as if you banned yourself from the Islamic religion.

If one spouse commits adultery, it implies automatically the dissolution of any existing marriage(s). There is no possible forgiveness, because the adulterer husband or wife becomes forbidden for the other spouse who kept his or her chastity. The only possible forgiveness would be if an extra marital affair did not involve any sexual relationship of some kind.

A Muslim who is not married and is guilty of fornication and sincerely did not know that the punishment described in the Quran (100 lashes) also applies to unmarried people can be forgiven in my opinion, and spared from the sentence, if he or she repents and never commits again such a sin. At the time this article is written, there are lots of Muslims in the world who do not know Quranic laws; it is then unjust to condemn someone who did not realize the gravity of what he was committing. It would then seem logical that he or she would then have to marry a person who would have been in the same situation (possibly the one with whom zinâ occurred), and would not have understood the full repercussions of committing zinâ.

God’s law is tough and there are many reasons for that, but the truth is that God’s mercy is infinite as long as we keep faith; Muslims who fell in sin – no matter what kind of sin – shall never despair of God’s mercy as long as they completely submit to God, repent and purify themselves:

(39:53) Proclaim: “O my servants who exceeded the limits to the detriment of their souls, never despair of God’s mercy.” In truth, God forgives all sins. In truth, He is the one who forgives, The Merciful. (39:54) And come back to your Lord [in repentance], and submit to Him, before the retribution catches up with you; [meditate on the fact that] no recourse is possible afterwards.

(25:68) Those who do not invoke any other god beside God, nor kill any other soul – for God has made life sacred, except in the course of justice – nor commit zinâ (adultery/fornication); anyone who commits these [sins] will face a penalty. (25:68) The punishment will be doubled for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will permanently be confined therein, disgraced, (25:70) Except whoever repented, believed and accomplished righteous deeds (before death came to him or her). For them, God will substitute their evil deeds with good deeds. God is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful. (25:71) And whoever repents and accomplished good deeds, then verily, is the one who repents towards God with true repentance.

Glory to God for his infinite mercy ! Let us note that whoever would have committed such sins should particularly make sure not just to repent and believe in God, but to accomplish plenty of good deeds in his life to atone for his or her sins.

A person who converts to Islam starts a new life becomes a chaste person, no matter what his or her past may have been. Restrictions regarding past fornication or adultery are not applicable, and they have to be conscious and informed if possible before they embrace Islam of the laws they will have to follow for the rest of their lives.

(46:31) O our people, answer to the one who calls [you] towards God and believe in Him. He [God] will forgive you some of your sins and will protect you against a painful retribution.

7. Accusing a person of fornication/adultery: 4 witnesses required; what is the punishment if proofs are missing.

24:4 states that four witnesses are required to convict someone of adultery.

Wrongfully accusing anyone of adultery or fornication is a sin almost as catastrophic as zinâ, because it is equivalent to 80% of the sin itself (80 lashes instead of 100). If a person witnessed a case of zinâ but cannot produce four witnesses regarding what he believes – which is almost impossible unless they were caught on tape (and even then people have to be very careful that a sexual relationship was actually involved) – the witness has to keep from making public accusations because repercussions can be catastrophic. Four eye witnesses are required to accuse someone of fornication/adultery because, given the gravity of the situation, it is twice the number of witnesses normally required in the Quran in the course of law in general (2:282, 65:2).

The evolution of science greatly helps proving a case of zinâ since we can identify someone by analyzing his sperm, or determine paternity with DNA testing. Four reliable experts can testify about paternity or the origin of the sperm that was found with a woman following an illicit relationship. Anyone – it would have to be a physical person and not a legal entity – who would have made such an accusation had better be right and have at least four witnesses because he or she would otherwise incur a punishment of 80 lashes.

We saw in 24:2-10 that Muslims who committed the sin of zinâ do not have the same rights as other Muslims when it comes to marriage. Similarly, people who wrongfully accuse lose the right to serve as witnesses for the rest of their lives (24:4), unless they repent and have any valid reason to be forgiven by the community.

The four witnesses required to prove zinâ have to be reliable witnesses, that is to say Muslims in the Quranic context, as we can refer to 5:106 where two witnesses are required for an oral will: they have to be Muslims because they have to bear witness after having observed Salaat.

On the other hand, someone who would have simply mentioned without any malice to his private entourage having witnessed an extra marital affair should not be sentenced to 80 lashes as long as no public accusation or formal accusation before a court of justice has been made. Having an extra marital affair is a grievous sin but does not necessarily mean that zinâ has been committed.

8. Are non Muslim communities subject to Quranic law in an Islamic society?

(5:42) They listen to falsehood and are addicted to illicit gains. Therefore, if they come to you, [either] judge between them or turn away from them. And if you turn away from them, they will never be able to cause you any harm; but if you judge, then judge between them with equity. In truth, God loves those who are equitable. (5:43) But how can they ask you to be their judge when they are in possession of the Torah which contains God’s judgment?! Regardless, they divert after this [from the right path]; they are not [to be counted] among t he believers. (5:44) In truth, we have revealed the Torah which contains guidance, as well as light. Prophets who submitted to God have pronounced [their] judgment in accordance with it towards those who are part of the Jewish faith, and so did the rabbis and doctors [of law] whom were entrusted with the book of God and were witness thereof. Therefore, do not fear people: Fear Me! And do not trade [the teachings embedded in] My verses for a cheap price. As for whoever does not judge in accordance with what God has revealed: They are indeed the ones who disbelieve! (5:45) And we decreed to their intention: A soul for a soul, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, a tooth for a tooth; injuries are met with an equal retaliation. But whoever forgives out of charity, will be granted remittance [of his sins]. And whoever does not judge in accordance with what God has revealed, are indeed the unjust! (5:46) And we sent Jesus, son of Mary, [to walk] in their footsteps, and confirm what he had inherited (lit.”and confirm what was between his hands”) of the Torah, and we gave him the Gospel, which contains guidance and light, confirming what he had inherited (inherited: lit. “in his hands”) from the Torah, as well as guidance and admonition for those who seek refuge in piety. (5:47) And let the people of the Gospel judge through which God has revealed therein. And whoever does not judge through which God has revealed, are indeed disobedient [people]. (5:48) In truth, we have revealed to you [O Muhammad] the book, confirming the book before the one you inherited (lit. “in your hands”) and superseding it. Therefore judge between them in accordance with what God has revealed, and do not fall [under the influence] of their vain desires, now that the truth has come to you. For each of you, we have prescribed a law and a way of life; If God had so willed, He would have made you one and the same community, but He puts you to the test through what He gave you; Therefore, compete in [matters of] righteousness; All of you will be gathered unto God, and He will inform you regarding your disputes.

An Islamic society is based on God’s law, that is to say the Quran alone. The above verses allow Jews and Christians in a Muslim society to have their own courts of justice based on the Bible. Non monotheistic religions or the ones that are not based on the Bible or the Quran alone are considered not to have inherited God’s law, and are not eligible to have their own justice system. They are therefore subject to the Quranic law in a Muslim society. If Jewish or Christians ask for assistance because they cannot resolve their differences, verse 5:48 states that it is the Quranic law alone that prevails.

Muslims have to respect the justice system in place in a non Muslim country if they wish to live there, and not attempt to impose the Quranic law if it is not acknowledged by the majority of the population, or if they are not given the authorization to implement their own justice system. They have to stand for their rights peacefully if they are persecuted, and never resort to violence unless someone is trying to force them to embrace another religion or if the persecution becomes intolerable. Some laws like 100 lashes in case of fornication/adultery should not be enforced in a non Muslim society, unless the Muslim community is given the right to. If a non Muslim country allows Muslims to have their own justice system, it is obvious it would only apply to Muslims.

If Muslims respect the laws in a non Muslim society, non Muslims have to respect Islamic laws in a Muslim society. It is a matter of common sense and reciprocity.

9. Homosexuality

Homosexuality is not only forbidden in the Quran, God proclaims it is an absolute abomination (26:165-166). Two persons involved in a homosexual relationship and found guilty of having some kind of sexual relationship, incur the same sentence (100 lashes) as for a man and a woman, simply because it is fornication. By equivalence of 4:15-16, the punishment can be doubled with imprisonment or being assigned to residence (to isolate them from the rest of society) if they do not repent and restrain themselves from any homosexual behavior. People may believe that homosexuality is much worse than zinâ between a man and a woman and should deserve a more severe punishment (and it is, even though fornication between a man and a woman is already a catastrophic sin), but the Quran does not outline any other sentence than 100 lashes for fornication. Therefore it is the only punishment. People who leave this world while guilty of homosexuality and did not reform are not going to go to paradise and will suffer horrendously in the afterlife; why try to put an extra burden on them and corrupt Islam and ourselves inventing laws that are not even mentioned in the Quran? They are simply treated just like any human being in a Muslim society, neither better, nor worse. Islam is not here to destroy them or persecute them but to help them, as this life is our last chance to reform before the Day of Judgment. You do not help people when you claim that a destructive behavior is fine when it is in reality leading them to hell, you drown them and you drown the society at large. Islam is about telling the blunt truth, it is about saving people, not try to be “politically correct”.

10. Rape

Rape implies by definition the act of fornication, therefore the punishment for the rapist is 100 lashes. It is the only case lashes have to be severe (unlike for a consensual act of fornication) since the rapist resorted to violence. The rapist has to be imprisoned until death by equivalence with the law decreed in verse 4:15-16 (which deals with cases of immorality that present a danger for society), and given the fact that a rapist presents a permanent danger for society.

If a rape was coupled with murder, or if we are dealing with a serial rapist, the death sentence or other types of sentence can be applicable by equivalence with the following verse:

(5:33) The only recompense for those who fight God and His messenger and do everything in their power to spread corruption on earth is (1) that they be put to death, (2) or for them to be crucified, (3) or for their hands and feet to be severed on opposite sides, or (4) for them to be banished from the land. This will be their humiliation in this world and in the Hereafter they will have a grievous punishment.

We see that even for serial crimes (5:33 implies repeated crimes), the death sentence is not necessarily automatically applicable, and that the Quran allows a variety of sentences, one of which could be more appropriate for a specific type of crime, depending on the gravity of the crime, its circumstances, and the choice of the close family(ies) that has been victimized that will decide either in favor of the death penalty or a financial settlement (2:178). When it comes to serial crimes of an exceptional gravity, if the family does not choose the death penalty, it seems logical that a financial settlement will be coupled with alternative sentences as defined in 5:33 (cutting one hand and one foot on opposite sides, or banishment for life). It is a matter of common sense. 5:33 englobes many possible cases; a banishment could be justified for example if there is an exchange of prisoners of war. Death penalty or not, nothing can ever come close to the retribution of hell.


The Quran is clear that the punishment for fornication/adultery is applicable whether someone is married or not.

The Quran is clear that the sentence is 100 lashes. Any person who applies the punishment must fear God and reject the example of the disbelievers who apply punishments mercilessly. If the punishment is substantial, it is only superficial. The sentence that is witnessed by a group of believers and the prohibition for life for a fornicator or adulterer to ever marry a chaste believer are by far the most substantial punishments. There is no imprisonment or assignment to residence if a person repents and reforms, unless it becomes a repeated offense that presents a danger to society.

The Quran is clear that since a married woman who was a slave before her marriage can only receive half the punishment of a free person, it incontrovertibly exposes the satanic law of stoning since it is strictly impossible to divide death by two.

The Quran is clear that a person who was found guilty of zinâ (married or not) can afterwards marry a polytheist or a fornicator/adulterer. No one can be stoned to death and get married afterwards.

The Quran is clear that stoning is the signature mark of idol worshipers who supersede God’s law with satan’s law.

The Quran is clear that killing a person voluntarily and unjustly (for example stoning the adulterer) has nothing to do with Quranic justice (God’s law). Anyone who is guilty or responsible of such a horrible crime becomes subject to the death penalty.

Only blind, faithless, and heartless people will refuse to see the light after this and continue to promote satan’s law instead of God’s law. How can anyone claim that stoning to death is God’s law when the Quran destroys such a pagan law in such an incontrovertible manner?!

The law to punish zinâ may seem harsh for people who grew up in western countries. God’s law is always the perfect law, and an Islamic society (based on the Quran alone by definition) is here to protect everyone and the society at large against satan whose goal is to destroy the human race (4:119).

Such a law is both harsh and merciful because a balanced society cannot allow moral corruption, children to be born out of wedlock, families to be destroyed, and diseases to spread and even kill people, as it happens in so many corrupted societies.

Islam is the perfect way of life and shield to protect believers who wish to be pure from the bottom of their hearts and live in perfect submission to God. It is a society which prohibits evil and vice in general. Islam is not a weak society that allows satan to spread his poison. Islam is designed to destroy satan. It forbids fornication, adultery, prostitution, homosexuality, pornography, drugs, gambling, violence, theft, etc … On the other hand, Islam strives to spread peace, purity, honesty, charity, chastity, faithfulness in households and in all fields of life. It promotes pure and strong marriages which foundation relies on the Word of God, and where both spouses love and respect each other. It allows children to grow in a pure environment with a father and a mother ready to prepare them to become the beautiful seed of the next generation which will God willing preserve and spread further the establishment of God’s kingdom on Earth.

Islam is not a “free”, permissive society when it comes to allow people to corrupt themselves and spread corruption around them. It does not let people become trapped by their own sins and end up in hell without first receiving warnings in the form of serious punishments.

In reality, Islam is a society that is designed to set people free because it keeps believers away from corruption, and it prevents them from becoming satan’s slaves. It provides them the foundation, real freedom and peace of mind in their every day lives to enjoy purity and happiness in this world and the hereafter.