Sunday, December 23, 2012

Only That They Shall Be Killed Or Crucified

May the peace and blessings of Almighty God be upon you.

14 centuries ago, the Glorious Quran legislated, enacted and implemented the very law for which there is a loud public outcry, right in front of the historical landmark of the Republic Of India's capital New Delhi.

It came through the Words & Actions of Mohammad, an illiterate man of 6th century who was known as The Trusty and who claimed that he had revelations from Almighty God.

Most of the time when Islam puts forward its laws before this world, humans with their very limited knowledge says that - 'Oh it is a barbaric punishment', they say that 'Islam should update its penal code' etc. 

But when the incident such as that is happened in New Delhi comes before their very eyes, they call very loudly for the implementation of a penal code that was well in action 14 centuries ago, on the punishment of crimes such as rape.

Prostitution, A Crime With Consent 

Islam treats prostitution as one among the grave sins. It is a crime with mutual consent. It defines separate punishments for unmarried and married persons.

• For an unmarried person - 

"The female prostitute and the male prostitute, flog each of them with a hundred stripes." - Quran 24:2.

Don't show any kindness in the execution of punishment.

"Let not pity withhold you in their case, in a punishment prescribed by Allah, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day." - Quran 24:2.

Do the punishment in front a gathering of believers.

"And let a party of the believers witness their punishment." - Quran 24:2.

"This is more humiliating for the people who are guilty of illegal sex, if they are flogged in front of the people. This is because it is more effective as a deterrent and it conveys the sense of scandal and rebuke." - Ibn Kathir.

In addition - 

"In addition to this he is to be banished from his homeland for one year" - Ibn Kathir.

• For a married person - 

"Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) awarded the punishment of stoning to death (to the married adulterer and adulteress) and, after him, we also awarded the punishment of stoning." - Imam Muslim.

- Stoning to death is the prescribed punishment for a married adulterer.

Rape, A Crime Without Consent

Rape is a forced form of prostitution. Here the person who applies the force is the offender and the one who is being forced is innocent.

There is no doubt that the act of rape a clear-cut crime against humanity. Islam sees this crime as a forcible prostitution,it is seen as a crime against humanity.

"The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucifiedor their hands and their feet be cut off on opposite sides, or be exiled from the land." - Quran 5:33

Doing several kinds of mischief deserves the punishment mentioned in the above verse. Those mischievous activity include crimes such as - 

• Prostitution.
  • Theft.
  • Murdering people.
  • Destroying the crops and cattle.
  • Illegally taking possession of others wealth." - Imam Twabari.

A responsible judge should investigate and declares the exact punishment and it should be executed by the government of that country.

Islam defines not just a set of punishment laws, it defines all that is required for a healthy living atmosphere for the mankind, for the world. It envisages a modest society in all the aspects of life in this world.

Modest Men & Women

Islam upholds the sanctity of the mankind by the means of a modest society. It enlists number of practices for a well-built moral society. It includes the following.

A. Modesty Of Tongue

The Glorious Quran prohibits the propagation of slanderous talks about women.

"And those who accuse chaste women, and produce not four witnesses, flog them with eighty stripes, and reject their testimony forever." - Quran 2:24.

B. Modesty Of Gaze

"Tell the believing men to lower their gazeand protect their private parts. That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do." - Quran - 24:30

Lower the gaze so as not to look onto women/men with that eye.

C. Modesty Of Dress

"O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their Jalabib (outer wrapper) over their bodiesThat will be better that they should be known so as not to  be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." - Quran 33:59

The above verse calls for modest form of dress for women.

D. Marry As Early As Possible

Prophet Mohammad said -

"O young men, whoever among you can afford to get married, let him marry, for it is more effective in lowering the gaze and protecting the private parts. Whoever cannot do that, then let him fast, for it is a protection for him." - Imam Muslim, Imam Bukhari.

The directives and its explanation continues ...

Why Laws ?

There is no traffic problem in the deep see of Pacific, Atlantic etc oceans where millions & billions of fish and other species travel. There is no separate way for male/female animals in the jungle. Even then, there is no problem in the sea or in the jungle.

Humans are not like animals. He needs traffic rules on the road.  There are dos and don'ts on the road. And so, he needs rules on life, he requires dos and don'ts in all aspects of his life.

Islam defined those rules and regulations, not partially but fully; not impractically but practically; not unjustly but justly. It is so because it claims to be the revelation from Almighty God, for the mankind. Thats why it said - 

"Do they not then consider the Qur'an carefully! Had it been from other than Allah (Almighty God), they would surely, have found therein contradictions in abundance."  - Quran 4:82.

The Glorious Quran continues its triumph throughout many generations and that for the last 14 centuries!