Punishment for adultery zina.

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I'd like to know why a man is sentenced to a 100 lashes and 1 year of exile when committing adultery while a women is sentenced to be stoned to death? none of the hadith explain why this is so or if somebody asked the Prophet (saw) why this is so.

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Punishment for adultery zina

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


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 adultery (illegal sexual intercourse). 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).


The prescribed punishment for the sin of ‘zina’ in Shariah depends on the marital status of the person convicted of the crime in a court of Shariah Law:

  1. Fornication:  If the man or the woman who is convicted for the crime of ‘zina’ is unmarried (fornication), Shariah Law prescribes a punishment for a 100 lashes in public.
  2. Adultery: If the man or the woman who is convicted for the crime of ‘zina’  is married (adultery), Shariah Law prescribes that the guilty should be stoned to death in public.


The punishment prescribed in Shariah Law for one convicted for the crime of ‘zina’ (adultery or fornication) is exactly the same for a man or a woman.


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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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