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husband and wife doing adultery

Sir I live in a village in kashmir, and my question is littlebit ocqward and I don't know whether I should ask or not, here is a man who never does any work and ideally sits at home and eats whatever his wife is earning, and his wife earns money from prostitution, ie she demands money to have sexual intercourse with her. The husband knows that his wife is earning money for his house from prostitution. What will be the punishment for the husband and wife in islam


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Adultery is the gravest sins in Islam. And you can understand the gravity of the sin by analyzing the punishment that Allah and his Prophet (pbuh) have ordered for it.

The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication,- flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment. QURAN[24:2]

This punishment is for unmarried person guilty of illegal sexual intercourse, but if married person commit it, the punishment is to stone to death. As our beloved prophet (pbuh) has said:

Malik related that Ibn Shihab informed him that a man confessed that he had committed 'zina' (adultery) in the time of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and he testified against himself four times, so the Messenger of Allah (saws) gave the order and he was stoned to death. MALIK MUWATTA[Book 41 : Hadith 4 ]

Narrated by Ash Shaibani I asked 'Abdullah bin Abi Aufa, 'did Allah's Messenger (saws) carry out the Rajam penalty (i.e., stoning to death for 'zina' (adultery))?" He said, "Yes." SAHIH AL-BUKHARI[vol 8 :: book 82 :: Hadith 804 ]

Narrated by Ibn Umar The Jews brought a man and a woman who had committed illegal sexual intercourse to the Prophet (saws), and he (saws) ordered them to be stoned to death, and they were stoned to death near the mosque where the biers used to be placed. SAHIH AL-BUKHARI[vol 9 :: book 92 :: Hadith 432 ]

'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:17, Hadith:4191]

The term ZINA in Quran means both fornication and adultery.
Fornication: means unmarried person commits the sexual act.
Adultery: means married person commits the sexual act outside his/her marriage.

The punishment should be awarded publicly so that, on the one hand, the guilty one may feel disgraced and, on the other, it may serve as a deterrent for the other people. This throws light on the concept of punishment in Islam. In verse 38 of AI-Ma`idah (V), in connection with the punishment of theft, it was said:

".... it is the recompense for what they have earned, and an exemplary punishment from Allah."

And now here it is being enjoined that the adulterer should be given the punishment publicly. This shows that in Islamic Law punishment is awarded to meet three purposes:

(a) To inflict pain on the criminal for the excesses he committed against the other person or society,

(b) To stop him from repeating the crime,

(c) To serve as a deterrent for others, so that the people having evil inclinations in society may be deterred and dare not commit such crimes again.

Another advantage of awarding the punishment publicly is that the officials concerned should not be able to reduce or enhance the punishment at will while executing it.

Here is a man who never does any work and ideally sits at home and eats whatever his wife is earning, and his wife earns money from prostitution, ie she demands money to have sexual intercourse with her. The husband knows that his wife is earning money for his house from prostitution. What will be the punishment for the husband and wife in Islam?

If the husband or the wife is a habitual adulterer/adulteress, or support each other to have illegal sexual relation with others, then they obviously do not fear Allah's punishment and are criminals in the sight of Allah and Islamic Law.

In Islam regardless of who, why, and under what circumstances one is indulged in and committed the illegal sexual intercourse, he or she would absolutely be guilty of the heinous crime of zina and the punishment for zina is mentioned above. If one escapes from the punishment in this world, he cannot escape from the punishment in the court of Allah, and his punishment will be double and will be in a state of dishonor.

Allah says in the Quran: (And those) who do not invoke any god but Allah Alone, nor kill a soul unjustly, which Allah has forbidden, nor commit 'zina'...He who does this shall be punished for his sin, and his torment shall be doubled on the Day of Resurrection, and he shall abide (therein) in a state of ignominy; except the one who may have repented (after those sins) and have believed and done righteous deeds. For then, Allah will change his evil deeds into good deeds, and He is very Forgiving and Merciful. In fact, one who repents and does righteous deeds, returns to Allah as one rightly should! QURAN[25:68-71]

But if one seeks sincere forgiveness for his/her transgression from lord of the worlds before one's appointment of death, he will definitely find his lord Most Merciful and oft-forgiving.

Allah says in the Quran : (O Prophet) say: "O My servants who have wronged their own souls...Do not despair of Allah's Mercy! Surely, Allah forgives all sins. He indeed is the All Forgiving, All Merciful. Return to your Lord and submit to Him before the scourge overtakes you; for then you may get no help from anywhere." QURAN[39:53-54]

The husband and wife should seek sincere repentance from their lord for the crime of zina of which they bear the equal burden; else they would have an unbearably severe accounting in the Presence of their Lord on that Inevitable Day of Judgment. 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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