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is there any punishment for keeping extramarital affairs in Islam?
Add Your Comments  Question by: ABIDI32 On 29 June 2012
Comments by: Mughal1 On 03 July 2012Report Abuse
1) This question is very important one and to answer this question we must look at the quran as a constitution for islam=peace. The purpose of this constitution being peace the law and order must be such that regulates a peaceful human society. Even though the constitution is divine in its origin its understanding is not divine rather it is human. Not only that but its application is 100% dependent on humans. So we can never be sure that we have got things 100% right rather it has to be a matter of trial and error.  
2) If we knew everything already 100% then we never needed divine guidance. And if we could never knew anything then again divine guidance would have been useless for us. So the way God has set up the world is such that it is interactive ie each and everything in this world has a role including God and man. So long as we accept role of God as a God and of man as a man and as of other things as other things respectively then we can bring about a better world but so long as we remain confused about roles of things in this universe we can never get things off the ground. Even among so called us muslims we have reduced our own roles and assumed lots of demi gods. This is part of major problems because if man does not fulfil his assigned responsibilities then world will never be what it ought to be ie peaceful. The role of law and order is not to enforce things but to keep things already right and proper that way. This calls for social reforms and that is all about getting mindset and attitude of individuals and society as a whole to be proper. This means we need a lot of hard work in respect of educating people as to what a human society is or is supposed to be. The quran emphasises that the awareness of the individual must be raised sky high before one can really realise what he is all about. People can therefore only be human beings once they have awareness of things beyond themselves as individuals. The difference between humans and other animals is that humans can go in to far past and can also think far ahead into future. This ability is supposed to help us make laws based on the benefits they can bring to human society because even though values are permanent but laws are not because time changes and things change bringing about new circumstances and situations to deal with. This is why we have been given formulae for formation of laws rather than lists of laws.  
3) So before we can see what law should be about sexuality we need to understand what could be the problems for humans if sexual behaviour was not regulated at all. We know that sex is not free of related troubles eg it is first and foremost about reproduction. Reproduction needs proper planning so that we could take care of offspring we produce as individuals and as a society. We should never reproduce more than we can take care of otherwise we will end up making our own lives hell so peace will not be possible. Again we need to educate each other to such degree about these things so that we really understand things in order to save ourselves from related troubles later on. Just to make it simple, in order to stop unwanted children we must have a society which regulates sexuality because if we do not then results will be regrettable. This regulation should not be such that it leaves no room for correction of errors along the way because after all we are humans and so make mistakes and 2nd chance should not be taken away ie there should be left some room for correction of individuals who fall short of required standard for peace. This means we will have to go though trial and error to get things to a balanced stage as to what the laws should be and how exactly they should be applied in order to keep troubles at bay. Society cannot me controlled merely by stricter punishments but by mind control. This is why education is absolutely vital to make people realise why they need to behave in a particular way because if they do not, what is going to happen to the society as a whole over a period of time. This shows in islam laws and penalties are not about controlling people but for regulating lives in a peaceful society. So education, support and penalties all need to be put in place in such a way that we have the kind of society we want as individuals of our human society.  
4) In order to regulate society the best we can, we must educate individuals about relationships and ensure they understand and respect those relationships and are able to relate to each other accordingly. Individuals must not be forced in to marriages rather they should be educated to become mature enough so that they are able to choose right partners to begin with. In other words rape cases and divorce rates must be kept to a minimum as children produced as a result of these could mean trouble. Again this needs trial and error method so that we can adopt ideas that work and give up ideas that do not. Each time we want to form some laws we must have some objectives in minds to achieve and see how education, laws and penalties can help us do that. The ultimate goal is to bring about and maintain a peaceful society. It should not be our purpose to punish people left, right and centre. The idea is to find faults in society and correct them the best we can.  
In short a loving couple should be basis for our family unit who are helped by rest of our society to ensure they are successful couple, good parents, best members of our human society. We should not put together two people at war ready to tear each other apart that will not be a good start to begin with. A couple who have no respect for each other will not bring about a good family and if such like people are allowed to spread then society itself will be at war very soon. Therefore when we form laws we must keep our eyes on wider implications of laws and penalties.  
5) This should explain why the human brain and the quran must work together if we are at all going to have a society worth having. It also explains why the quran is an interactive book. It is because we can only understand the quran when we raise our own level of thinking to related issues it is talking about. The quran is also a guidance like guidance by our parents. When our parents talk to us about things we may not understand them as children but as we grow what they said begins to make sense. That is because we begin to understand the issues. Likewise quran begins to make better and better sense to us as we become more and more educated about its related issues. It is like you tell a baby make a cup of tea but he does not know what you are talking about till he grows up enough and goes through related experience and then all of a sudden things begin to make perfect sense.  

Comments by: moazzam On 04 July 2012 Edit Delete
Brother Abid 132! Al-Kitab provides eternal values, we the human being could make laws[legislate the society's constitution] thereof as we usually do in other socioeconomic affairs. The 100 "jaldah" and 80 "jaldah" mentioned in verses 24/2-4 has wrongly been translated by orthodox interpreters.  
"So before we can see what law should be about sexuality we need to understand what could be the problems for humans if sexual behavior was not regulated at all".  
The reasons to make laws while observing said eternal values has been Wonderfully explaned by brother Mughal, may Allah bless him with climax of wisdom.Al-Quran begins to make better and better sense to us as we become more and more educated about its related issues.  

Dr,sb. salamu alaikum Sir in your article you have given refference of an article " FOHOSH KA QURANI TASAWWUR' sir it is not available on your web site. Where we can see this? Question by: From INDIA (DELHI) On 23/06/2010
Dr shb regards you have said that zina which quran mentions is not adultery it is something else,than i wana to ask has quran mentioned any punishment for adultery??if not than what should be done wid such persons???will it be decided by the society? Question by: ali.haideer From PAKISTAN (LARKANA) On 25/06/2010
One thing which i want to ask is that if a society is pemitting sex, there is no marriage boundation in the society,where after and before marriage they are doing it and it is permitted in law, than is it right?does Quran permits it? Question by: ali.haideer From PAKISTAN (LARKANA) On 25/06/2010
My respectable and beloved regards, Sir u said "The word ZINA actually means ..........DISTORTION OF IDEOLOGY........ Zani is the one who 'distorts' an ideology ." Kindly help me know the source/dictionary containing this meaning . Question by: Hafiz Abdullah From PAKISTAN (RAWALPINDI) On 29/06/2010
Dear Dr. saheb with regard to your interpretation of zani as "distortion of ideology", I would like to ask few questions? (I will add my questions as comments due to 250 characters limitation) Question by: Waqar On 19/08/2010
Dear Aurangzaib i have checked many dictionaries of arabic to find the meaning of zina as described by dr qamar but i have not found "the distortion of ideology" anywhere can you tell me in which authentic dictionary can i find the meaning of zina? Question by: bilal_khan5181 From PAKISTAN On 01/09/2010
In respons to objections rel to Fahshah and Zina : Question by: bob From UNITED KINGDOM On 09/09/2010
is article main aap ne Mayata ka matlab 100 nahin balke bohtat kia hai to agli ayaat main samanian ka matlab 80 ho ga ya kuch aur. Question by: Shehwar Ahmad From PAKISTAN (KARACHI) On 29/11/2010
Aastana teem ! Refer to ZINA QURA'N KI NAZAR MAIN, what about the unmarried couple, who enjoys sex with mutual consent, even they violate the society's law. Question by: naeem sheikh From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 03/01/2011
Ok i believe tht zina means badkirdar n badkirdar doesnt means adulterer but simply one who twist Allah's laws or try to add sumthng new in it, thn is adulterer mentioned anywhere in quran n if in quran thn WHERE?i simply cnt believe tht Allah didnt Question by: AreebaImran From PAKISTAN (KARACHI) On 16/01/2011
Not a question but seeking comments, a worth read by Ahmed Mansour of Two different versions of Islam. Click Question by: Mubashir From CANADA On 16/01/2011
Assalam o Alaikum Everyone, I like to know if 'zina' means distortation of the Islamic ideology, what is the postiion of out-of-wedlock sex, and homosexuality in the Islamic states? So far I agree everything has been discussed in this blog though. Question by: tahirbhai2000 From UNITED STATES On 17/01/2011
Astana teem! The verse 24/2-3 has been explained in the article "ZINA QURAAN KI NAZAR MAIN",where MIATA is not taken as a count 100,rather abundant in quantity. Kindly explain the verse24/4 where TAMANEENA jalda has been mentioned is it a count ? Question by: naeem sheikh From PAKISTAN (ISLAMABAD) On 19/01/2011
Why is there no punishment for rape ? Question by: Rafi From PAKISTAN (KARACHI) On 01/02/2011
SHAADI k bina mard aur aurat k "JISMAANI TA'LUQ" k bare men QURAN khamosh hae . To phir kia aisa krna JAYZ hae ? Question by: Dr. Iqbal On 18/04/2011
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