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Chapter 21. Accusing A Woman Of Adultery

Allah Most High says,

Those who slander chaste secured, and believing women are cursed in this life and in the hereafter: for them is a grievous chastisement. On the day when their tongues, their hands, and their feet will bear witness against them as to their as to their actions. (Nur: 23-24)

He also says,

And those who launch a charge against chaste women and produce not four witnesses (to support their allegations) flog them with eighty stripes: and reject their evidence ever after: for such men are wicked transgressors. (Nur: 4)

Allah the Almighty in these verses makes it clear that whosoever unjustly accuses as chaste free woman of committing adultery is cursed both in this world and in the hereafter, and deserves grave chastisement.

In addition, he is flogged with eighty lashes and his witness is not accepted even though he is just.

In the Sahih Bukhari and Muslim the Prophet says,

“Avoid seven heinous sins.....”

And among which he mentioned charging believing women, unmindful though innocent, with adultery"

An example of such an accusation is if someone says to a Muslim chaste free woman:" You are an adulterer." or "a harlot", or "a whore" or to say to her husband, “you are the prostitute's husband" or to call her child as " the whore's child".

The same rule is applied if someone slanders a man of committing adultery, or a free boy with pederasty. The unjust accuser in all the above cases must suffer eighty stripes unless he brings a testimony of four men who support his allegation. Otherwise, he must be flogged with eighty lashes upon the request of the offended person.

The Prophet, too, forbade a man to wrongfully accuse his bondman or his slave girl of committing adultery.

A person who accuses his maid servant with adultery, will be subjected to the punishment of slandering on the Day of Judgement unless it happens to be true."

A lot of ignorant people are indulged in such offenses which procure the chastisement in this world and in the hereafter.

When a person says something unknowingly right or wrong, it may lead him to fall down in hell as far away as the distance between the east and west.

Muadh bin Jabal asked,

"O Messenger of Allah! Will we be called to account for what we say?" The Prophet answered “May you be lost to your mother! The people will be thrown with their face down, into the hell only on account of the product of the tongues" i.e. their talking: "He who believes in Allah and the Day of Resurrection should speak well. Otherwise, he should keep silent. [Bukhari and Muslim]

Allah says,

Not a word does he utter but there is a vigilant Guardian. (50:18)

Uqbah Ibn Amir once asked the Prophet (pbuh),

"What is the salvation, Allah's Apostle?" The Prophet said, "Control your tongue, keep inside your house, and weep (be sorry) for your sins. And the person farthest from Allah will be the one whose heart is hard.” [Tirmidhi]

"Verily Allah dislikes the indecent obscene person." [Tirmidhi]

Chapters

Chapter 1

Ascribing Associates To Allah, the Most High (Shirk)

Chapter 2

Killing A Human Being

Chapter 3

Sorcery

Chapter 4

Not Performing The Prayer

Chapter 5

Not Paying Zakat

Chapter 6

Breaking One's Fast During Ramadan Without An Excuse

Chapter 7

Not Performing the Hajj when Able to

Chapter 8

Showing Disrespect to One's Parents

Chapter 9

Severing the Ties of One's Relatives

Chapter 10

Adultery

Chapter 11

Sodomy

Chapter 12

Accepting Usurious Gain

Chapter 13

Wrong Consuming An Orphan's Property

Chapter 14

Lying About The Prophet

Chapter 15

Fleeing From The Battlefield

Chapter 16

The Leader Who Misleads His Followers, The Tyrant And The Oppressor

Chapter 17

Arrogance, Pride, Conceit, Vanity And Haughtiness

Chapter 18

Bearing False Witness

Chapter 19

Drinking Alcohol

Chapter 20

Gambling (qimar)

Chapter 21

Accusing A Woman Of Adultery

Chapter 22

Misappropriating Spoils Of War, Muslim Funds Or Zakat

Chapter 23

Theft

Chapter 24

Highwaymen Who Menace The Road

Chapter 25

The Engulfing Oath

Chapter 26

Taking People's Property Through Falsehood

Chapter 27

Collecting Taxes

Chapter 28

The Consumption of Haram

Chapter 29

Suicide

Chapter 30

Telling Lies

Chapter 31

The Dishonest Judge

Chapter 32

Bribery

Chapter 33

Women Imitating Men And Vice Versa

Chapter 34

The Pimp and the one Who Permits His Wife to Fornicate

Chapter 35

Marrying Solely To Return To The Previous Husband

Chapter 36

Not Freeing Oneself Of All Traces Of Urine

Chapter 37

Showing Off In Good Work

Chapter 38

Learning Sacred Knowledge For The Sake Of This World, Or Concealing It

Chapter 39

Breach of Trust

Chapter 40

Reminding Recipients of Ones Charity To Them

Chapter 41

Disbelieving In Destiny (qadar)

Chapter 42

Listening To People's Private Conversations

Chapter 43

The Talebearer Who Stirs Up Enmity Between People

Chapter 44

Cursing Others

Chapter 45

Breaking Promises or Pledges

Chapter 46

Believing Fortune Tellers And Astrologers

Chapter 47

Wife Rebelling Against Her Husband

Chapter 48

Picture Making