What is zina major minor.

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Zana? When a person commits zana? in what state it is? I mean to say when exactly the zana occured/starts? I asked to my Islamic Teacher? he said like the rope in a well or pen in the pot? In only this stage a persom committs zana? else its a kind of zana but it should be apologetic?


Is it true or false.... or any other thing you want to add in it.... Thanks & Regards. 

 

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What is zina major minor

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Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 32:

Do not even go near ‘zina’ (fornication or adultery) for it is a very indecent thing and a very evil way!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Noor verse 2:

2        The woman and the man guilty of ‘zina’ (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.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.810         Narrated by Jabir

A man from the tribe of Aslam came to the Prophet (saws) and confessed that he had committed ‘zina’ (adultery). The Prophet (saws) turned his face away from him till the man bore witness against himself four times. The Prophet (saws) said to him, "Are you mad?" He said "No."  The Prophet (saws) asked, "Are you married?" He said, "Yes."  Then the Prophet (saws) ordered that he be stoned to death, and he was stoned to death at the Musalla (public gathering place).

 

Although in legal terminology ‘zina’ would constitute the actual penetration of the male organ into the female organ out of wedlock, or illegal sexual intercourse…..the Messenger of Allah (saws) warned the believers regarding the minor ‘zina’ of the eyes, hands, legs, etc. Not only is the evil abomination of ‘zina’ prescribed as absolutely forbidden in Islam, every path or every way that leads one to this evil path is also declared as forbidden!  Such is the gravity of this abomination of ‘zina’ (major or minor), that Allah Subhanah commands the believers in the Quran: Do not even go near ‘zina’!!!

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4886  Narrated by Anas ibn Malik

That he heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) say: ‘The eye commits ‘zina’, and the palm of the hand, the foot, the body, the tongue and private part of the body confirm it or deny it.’

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.260         Narrated by Ibn Abbas

I have not seen a thing resembling 'lamam' (minor sins) than what Abu Huraira narrated from the Prophet (saws) who said "Allah has written for the children of Adan their share of ‘zina’ which he commits inevitably. The ‘zina’ of the eyes is the sight (to gaze at a forbidden thing), the ‘zina’ of the tongue is the talk, and the inner self wishes and desires and the private parts testify all this or deny it."

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 36 Surah Ya-Seen verse 65:

65      That Day shall We set a seal on their mouths.  But their hands will speak to Us and their feet bear witness to all that they did.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 41 Surah Ha-Meem verses 19-23:

19      On the Day that the enemies of Allah will be gathered together to the Fire they will be marched in ranks.

20      At length when they reach the (Fire) their hearing, their sight, and their skins will bear witness against them as to (all) their deeds.

21      They will say to their skins: "Why bear ye witness against us?"  They (their skins) will say: "Allah hath given us speech, (He) Who giveth speech to everything: He created you for the first time and unto Him were ye to return.

22      "Ye did not seek to hide yourselves lest your hearing, your sight, and your skins should bear witness against you! But ye did think that Allah knew not many of the things that ye used to do!

23      "But this thought of yours which ye did entertain concerning your Lord hath brought you to destruction, and (now) have ye become of those utterly lost!"

 

Thus if one intentionally sees and watches ‘fahisha’ (indecency), it would constitute ‘zina’ of the eyes; if one derives pleasure from talks of ‘fahisha’, it would constitute ‘zina’ of the ears and mouth, if one touches or goes towards something or someone with the intention of ‘fahisha’, it would constitute ‘zina’ of the hands and the legs!  Although there is no prescribed punishment for the ‘zina’ of the eyes, mouth, ears, hands and feet in the life of this world, if one dies without seeking ‘taubah’ and repentance from their Lord, one will be held severely accountable for these acts of ‘minor’ zina in the Presence of their Majestic Lord in the Hereafter.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 33:

33      Say (O Prophet (saws)): ‘The things that my Lord hath indeed (absolutely) forbidden (declared ‘haraam’) are: ‘fahisha’ (shameful deeds) whether open or secret; sins and trespasses against truth or reason; assigning of partners to Allah for which He hath given no authority; and saying things about Allah of which ye have no knowledge.

 

Thus in conclusion, the abomination of ‘zina’ can be divided into two parts:

  1. Major Zina….ie. illegal sexual intercourse, or the actual penetration of the male organ into the female organ out of wedlock….a crime for which Shariah Law has prescribed a punishment which a Shariah Court must extract in the life of this world from those who are convicted of the crime. 
  2. Minor Zina….ie. any act or deed of ‘fahisha’ or shamelessness or indecency.  Although no particular punishment is prescribed for ‘minor’ zina in Shariah Law for the life of this world, those guilty of ‘minor’ zina will be held severely accountable for their practice of ‘fahisha’ in the Presence of the Lord Most Majestic on that Inevitable Day of Judgment.   

 

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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

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