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Adultery, A big injustice:

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Keeping in view the social mischief brought into form. by adultery, Allah, the Exalted, has treated this sin only one stage lower than murder. This is not murder but in its evil effects on society it is equal to murder. While counting the good qualities of His obedient servants, Allah, the Exalted, has made a mention of this evil to be avoided by the righteous servants of God. He says:

(The obedient servants of Rehman are those) who do not call any Deity besides Allah, who do not murder any person made unlawful until there is a legal justification; and they do not indulge in adultery or fornication; and whoso indulges in such vices, he shall meet suitable punishment.” (S. 25: V: 68)

The above quoted verse clearly explains that adultery is as much a heinous crime as polytheism, infidelity be forgiven or pardoned without proper repentance and atonement. The above verse continues to read:

‘The punishment of a person indulging in adultery and fornication shall be increasing moment by moment on the Day of Judgment and he shall dwell in it for ever.” (S-25:V.69)

Advice of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam to a Young man:

Imam Ahmed has narrated on the authority of Hazrat Abu Umamah Radiallahu anhu that a young man came to the Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam and begged permission for adultery. The companions disliked this very quaint request and reprimanded him. But the Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam asked the young man to come close to him and entered into conversation with him after giving him a seat to sit down:

The Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam:

Do you like this act (adultery) for your mother?

The young man:

No. “o” Prophet of Allah.

The Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam:

Do other people like this act for their mothers?

The young man:

No. “O” Messenger of Allah.

The Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam:

Will you like the act of adultery for your daughter?

The young man:

No. “O” Messenger of Allah. I may become your ransom.

The Holy Prophet:

All the people do not like the evil act of adultery for their daughters. Can you tolerate it for your sister?

The young man:

Never! “O” Prophet of Allah The Holy Prophet:

Can you like your aunt to indulge in such evil?

The young man:

No. “O” Prophet of Allah.

The Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam:

All the people would disdain such an act for their aunts.

After having explained the psychological problem of the evil course in some detail, the Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam placed his left hand on the heart of the young man and prayed for him: “0 Allah! Forgive his sins and purify his heart and protect his sexual power from all evil.” The effect of the prayer was that the young man changed his heart altogether and the evil of fornication became manifest in his eyes. He became a pious and Allah-fearing man and never thought of such an evil act afterwards.

Respect of a woman as a mother

Allah has, in His wisdom, given another weightage to the woman folks by emphasising the respect and good treatment for mothers. The Holy Qur’ an has taught the highest sense of respect for the parents in old age. They are not to be admonished under any circumstances even if their behaviour warrants any measure of admonishing. They are to be treated with humbleness and very lenient and soft talk so that their old and weak minds do not receive any shock at the hands of their grown up sons and daughters. The Traditions of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam emphasise in different ways the very high sense of respect for the mother.

Sometimes it is said:

“Your mother is deserving of your foremost and highest respect and honour.”

Sometimes it is said:

Paradise lies under the feet of your mothers.”

Sometimes it is said:

“The gates of the Paradise will not be opened for you until your parents are well pleased with you.”

Islam has given to the female a very high social status and removed for all times the unjust impression of treating a woman as a creature whose duty it is to conceive and give birth to children, to feed and bring up the children and to serve the male members of the family.

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