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What is the punishment for having sex with my step niece?


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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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The prescribed punishment for the sin of Zina or illegal sexual intercourse in Shariah court depends on the marital status of the person convicted:

  1. If an unmarried man or women is guilty of Zina or illegal sexual intercourse, Shariah Law prescribes a punishment for a 100 lashes in public.
  2. If an married man or women is guilty of Zina or illegal sexual intercourse, , Shariah Law prescribes that the guilty should be stoned to death in public.
    1. Zina or illegal sexual intercourse is one of the gravest sins in Islam. One can imagine the severity of the sin, by the punishment Allah and His Messenger (pbuh) have decreed for the sin. Allah has warned believers to not go near Zina, which also means that we should not even travel on the path that might lead us to this mountainous sin.

      Allah says in the glorious Quran: Do not even go near Zina (fornication or adultery) for it is a very indecent thing and a very evil way! Quran[17:32]

      In case if one is not punished in this world and dies without making Taubah or seeking sincere repentance from Allah, then one should know that the punishment of the Hereafter is even more severe than the punishment of the world!!. So dear brother, seek repentance before you meet the angel of death.

      Allah says in the glorious Quran: “And those who, when they have committed Fahishah (illegal sexual intercourse etc..) or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins; - and none can forgive sins but Allah - and do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know” Quran[ 3:135] And Allah alone knows the best.

      I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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