Ruling On Zina ( Fornication / Adultery) In Islam

04 Nov

Zina encompasses all the characteristics
of evil: lack of religious commitment,
loss of piety, loss of chivalry, lack of
protective jealousy (gheerah). You will
not find any adulterer who is pious, or
keeps his promises, or speaks truthfully,
or is a good friend, or has complete
protective jealousy towards his family.
Treachery, lying, betrayal, lack of
modesty, lack of awareness that Allaah
is always watching, lack of chivalry, loss
of protective jealousy from the heart –
these are the effects and implications of
One of the effects of zina is that it earns
the wrath of Allaah because His sacred
limits are transgressed. If a man were
to do such a thing to any king, he would
meet the direst consequences. Another
effect of zina is the darkening of the
face, and the grimness and misert of
face that are apparent to other people.
Another effect of zina is darkness of the
heart and the extinguishing of its light,
which is what causes the extinguishing
of light in the face and the darkening
thereof. Another effect of zina is the
poverty that it leads to. Another effect
of zina is the loss of respect towards the
one who does it, and the lowering of his
status in the eyes of his Lord and in the
eyes of His slaves. Another effect of zina
is that is causes him to lose the best of
attributes, namely chastity, goodness
and righteousness, and it earns him
their opposites, namely immorality,
evildoing, adultery and betrayal.
Another effect of zina is that it causes
him to lose the title of believer, as it
was narrated in al-Saheehayn that the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah
be upon him) said: “No adulterer is a
believer at the moment when he is
committing adultery.” Another of the
effects of zina is that it exposes one to
the possibility of being one of the
inhabitants of the oven (tannoor) in
which the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) saw the
adulterers and adulteresses. Another of
the effects of zina is that it takes away
the goodness which Allaah described as
the attribute of those who are chaste,
and replaces it with the evil which
Allaah described as the attribute of the
adulterers, as Allaah says (interpretation
of the meaning):
“Bad statements are for bad people (or
bad women for bad men) and bad
people for bad statements (or bad men
for bad women). Good statements are
for good people (or good women for
good men) and good people for good
statements (or good men for good
[al-Noor 24:26]
Allaah has forbidden Paradise to every
evil person, and He has made Paradise
the abode of the good, and no one will
enter it but those who are good. Allaah
says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Those whose lives the angels take
while they are in a pious state (i.e. pure
from all evil, and worshipping none but
Allaah Alone) saying (to them):
Salaamun ‘Alaykum (peace be on you)
enter you Paradise, because of that (the
good) which you used to do (in the
[al-Nahl 16:32]
“and its keepers will say: Salaamun
‘Alaykum (peace be upon you)! You
have done well, so enter here to abide
[al-Zumar 39:73]
So they will deserve the greeting of the
angels and admission to Paradise
because of their goodness. But the
adulterers are among the most evil of
creation, and Allaah has made Hell the
abode of evil and its people. When the
Day of Resurrection comes, the evil will
be distinct from the good, and the evil
will be piled up together, then it and its
people will be thrown into Hell. No one
who is good will enter Hell and no one
who is evil will enter Paradise. Another
of the effects of zina is the sense of
alienation which Allaah instills in the
heart of the adulterer, and this is like
the alienation that shows on his face.
For the one who is chaste has
sweetness in his face and contentment
in his heart, and whoever sits with him
feels at ease with him. But the
adulterer has signs of alienation in his
face and whoever sits with him will feel
uneasy. Another of the effects of zina is
lack of respect, as his family, friends and
others lose respect for him, and he
becomes the most despicable thing in
their sight; this is in contrast to the
chaste person, who is blessed with
dignity and sweetness. Another of the
effects of zina is that people will regard
him as a traitor and no one will trust
him with regard to his wife or child.
Another of the effects of zina is the foul
odour that will emanate from him and
be detected by everyone who has a
sound heart; it will emanate from his
mouth and body, and were it not for
the fact that there are all the people
have a similar odour, that smell would
spread far and wide.
Another of the effects of zina is that he
will feel uneasy and distressed, for
adulterers are doing the opposite of
what they are seeking. Whoever seeks
the enjoyment and good things of life by
means of that which Allaah has
forbidden, Allaah will punish him by
letting him get the opposite of that
which he is trying to achieve. For that
which is with Allaah can only be
attained by obeying Him, and Allaah
never makes disobedience towards Him
the means of attaining anything good. If
the immoral person only knew what
delight, happiness, ease and good living
there is in chastity, he would realize
that the delights that he has missed out
on are many times greater than those
which he may have enjoyed, let alone
the consequences in the Hereafter,
when the chaste person will attain the
reward of Allaah and will be honoured
by Him. Another of the effects of zina is
that he has exposed himself to missing
out on the delights of al-hoor al-‘iyn in
the beautiful abodes of the Garden of
Eden (Jannaat ‘Adan). We have stated
above that Allaah will punish those who
wear silk in this world by depriving
them of it on the Day of Resurrection,
and He will punish those who drink
wine in this world by depriving them of
it on the Day of Resurrection. Similarly,
those who enjoy forbidden images in
this world will also be deprived of such
in the Hereafter. Indeed, everything
that a person gets in this world, if he
indulges in it by permissible means, his
share of it on the Day of Resurrection
will be reduced to the extent that he
indulged in it. And if he got it from
haraam sources, he will lose out on it
altogether on the Day of Resurrection.
Another of the effects of zina is that zina
leads to cutting the ties of kinship,
disobedience towards parents, haraam
earnings, mistreating others, neglect of
one’s wife and children, and it may even
lead a person to shed blood unlawfully.
He may seek help to commit zina by
means of sihr (witchcraft) and shirk, and
he may or not know that this sin
inevitably includes other sins committed
beforehand or alongside it, and that it
leads to other kinds of sins that come
after it. It is surrounded by a host of
other sins that come before and after.
It is the thing that is most likely to bring
about evil in this world and the
Hereafter, and the most likely to
prevent good in this world and in the
Hereafter. If a person falls into its traps
and snares, it will be hard for sincere
people to save him and for doctors to
treat him; its prisoner cannot easily be
ransomed, and its victim cannot be
rescued. It also leads to the loss of
blessings. If a person falls into this trap,
let him bid farewell to the blessings of
Allaah, for blessings may easily depart
from a person and vanish. Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“That is so because Allaah will never
change a grace which He has bestowed
on a people until they change what is in
their ownselves. And verily, Allaah is All-
Hearer, All‑Knower”
[al-Anfaal 8:53]
“But when Allaah wills a people’s
punishment, there can be no turning
back of it, and they will find besides Him
no protector”
[al-Ra’d 13:10]
These are some of the harmful effects
of this action.
Rawdat al-Muhibbeen, p. 360-363
We advise you to read a book by Ibn al-
Qayyim which is very useful with regard
to this topic. It is al-Jawaab al-Kaafi li
man sa’ala ‘ala al-Dawaa’ al-Shaafi.
Finally, we ask Allaah to keep you safe
and sound with regard to your religious
commitment and your worldly affairs,
and to help you put your affairs in order
before you meet your Lord. And Allaah
is the Guide to the Straight Path.

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