أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


Allah, the Almighty, says,

“Nor come nigh to adultery: for it is an indecent (deed) and an evil way.” (Al-Isra’: 32)

The Qur’an also states,

“Those who invoke not, with Allah, any other god, Nor slay such life as Allah has made sacred, except for just cause, nor commit fornication,’ -and any that does this (not only) meets punishment. (But) the chastisement on the Day of Judgment will be doubled to him, and he will dwell therein in ignominy.” (Al-Furqan: 68-70)

Allah, the Most High, says,

“The woman and the man guilty of 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.” (An-Nur: 2)

The punishment mentioned in the last verse concerns only single fornicators in the world as argued by the scholars. In case of married adulterers (even if they experienced marriage before) they must be stoned until death as postulated by the Prophet (pbuh). But if they escaped the worldly punishment and died without making repentance, they will be tortured in the Hell-Fire with lashes of Fire.

In Psalms, it is narrated that Adulterers will be hanged from their genitals in the hell-Fire, on which they will be scourged with slashes of iron. If they cry out of pain, the angels of punishment will address them, “Where was this cry inaudible before? You just used to laugh, play and did not keep the thought of Allah, nor were you shy from Him.”

The following hadith was stated by the Prophet (pbuh),

“An adulterer is not a believer at the time of committing adultery.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

“When someone fell in adultery, faith leaves his heart and overshadows him but if he extricates himself; his faith will, be restored again.” (Abu-Dawud)

It was related that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

“Whoever fornicates or drinks wine, Allah takes off his faith from him as a man takes a shirt off over his head.” (Hakim)

“There are three people to whom Allah, the Most High will not talk, nor will He absolve them of sins nor look at them: an aged person guilty of adultery, a king who lies and a poor beggar who is proud.” (Muslim)

On the authority of Ibn Mas’ud who said, “I asked the Messenger of Allah (pbuh),

“What is the most grievous sin at the sight of Allah?” He said, “To associate others with Allah whereas He created you… and to commit adultery with your neighbor’s wife.”

Allah, the Almighty, said,

“Those who invoke not, with Allah, any other god, nor slay such life as Allah has made sacred, except for just cause, nor commit fornication; -and any that does this (not only) meets punishment. (But) the chastisement on the Day of Judgment will be doubled to him, and he will dwell therein in ignomity.” (Al-Furqan: 68-69)

Behold! How adultery with one’s neighbor, polytheism and slaying the life of others except for just cause are associated with each other.

Once, Ibn Mas’ud asked the Prophet (P.B.U.H) saying, “O Messenger of Allah, what is the most heinous sin? The Prophet answered, “To hold that Allah has an equal, whereas He has created you. Further he asked what is next? The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said, “To kill child lest he feeds with you. He added, “What is next? The Prophet (P.B. U .H) said, “To commit adultery with your neighbor’s wife.” (Reported before)

When commenting on Allah’s statement,

“To it are seven gates: for each of those gates is a special class (of sinners) assigned.” (Al-Hijr: 44)

Ata’ said, “The most grievous and hated gate of Hell is that which is assigned for adulterers who committed such crime after they had been informed of its consequences.

Makhul Ad-Dimashqi said, “When the people of the Hell-Fire smell a stinking odor they say, ‘We have never smelt an odor more stinking than that, Then, they will be told that this is the odor of the adulterers’ genitals. Ibn Zayd, one of great exegesists said, “This odor hurts all the people of the Hell-Fire.

Of all commandments prescribed by Allah to Moses is the following,

“Do not steal and do not fall into adultery so as not to screen My Face from you.”

Behold Moses is the addressee, what about the others.

It was reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said,

“Satan (Iblis) often sends his soldiers everywhere in the earth saying to them, ‘Whoever diverts a Muslim I will crown him. The most skillful one in diverting people, the nearest to me. Meanwhile, a devil comes and says, “I kept tempting such and such until he divorced his wife.’ Iblis says, ‘You did nothing. He will marry another woman.’ Another comes and says, ‘I kept tempting such and such until I created a grudge between him and his brother’ Iblis says, ‘You did nothing. He will reconcile with him.’ Eventually comes another devil who says, ‘I kept tempting such and such until he fell in adultery.’ Iblis says, ‘Great and well done. Then he makes him nearer to him and crowns him.” (Al-Siuti)

We seek Allah’s refuge from the evils of Satan and his soldiers.

It was reported that on the authority of Anas that the Prophet (pbuh) said,

“Faith is like a garment with which Allah covers whomever He likes. But if he falls in adultery, this garment will be taken off and if he repents He will restore it again.” (Dailami)

The Prophet (pbuh) also said,

“O Muslims, be aware of adultery. It entails six consequences: Three in this world and the others in the next. As for the worldly consequences, they are a pale face, short life and long poverty. The consequences in the Hereafter are: The wrath of Allah, a severe reckoning and torture in Fire.” (Al-Siuti)

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

“Whoever persists in drinking wine and then dies, Allah will make him drink from the river of Ghuta, a river flows the genitals of the whores.” (Ahmad)

In the Fire there will be pus flowing from the whores’ genitals that which will be offered to whoever dies persisting in drinking wine.

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

“Next to polytheism (shirk), is the semen ejaculated by a man in an unlawful womb.” (Ibn Al-Jawzi)

“In the Hell-Fire there is a valley in which contains serpents. Each serpent is as fat as a camel’s neck. When it stings the one who does not pray, it’s poison boils in his abode for seventy years and then his flesh is torn out. There is also a valley called the well of Hazan (suffering) which contains serpents and scorpions. Each scorpion is as huge as a mule and has seventy spines. Each spine ends in a poisonous edge. Then, it strikes the adulterer and sprays poison in his body. The adulterer suffers from this painful poison for a thousand years. Then his flesh is torn out and pus flows from his genitals.”

“Whoever makes love with a married woman, they will suffer the torture which is supposed to afflict half of this nation in grave. Afterwards, on the Day of Judgment, Allah will give her husband, who does not know (what she does), the right to dispose her good deeds. But if he knows and does nothing, he and his wife will be deprived of Paradise as there is a statement on the door of Paradise which reads, unlawful for the pimp.”

“Whoever touches a woman, who is not lawful to him, because of lust, he will be resurrected with his hand tied to his neck on the Day of Judgment. In case of kissing, his lips will be nipped in the fire. Eventually, if he fell in adultery, his thighs will witness against him, on the Day of Judgment by saying, “I lied on an unlawful” Then, Allah looks to him out of wrath. Thus, his face’s flesh fells down. If he arrogantly says, “I never did so” Then the tongue witnesses by saying, ‘I produced an unlawful utterance.’ The hand also says, ‘I touched unlawful things.’ The eyes says’ I looked to the unlawful.’ The legs say:’ To the unlawful objects did I walk’ Finally, the genital says, ‘I applied. As for the guardian angels, he says, ‘I heard, and another says, ‘I wrote’ eventually, Allah says, “I knew but concealed him.”

Then, Allah says,

“O angels! Take him away to torture him. Severe is My wrath on those who are not shy from Me.” This is shown in Allah’s Book Exalted be He:

“On the Day when their tongue, their hands, and their feet will bear witness against them as to their actions.” (An-Nur: 24).”

The most grievous kind of adultery is incenstry with one’s mother, sister, stepmother and unmarriageable relatives.

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

“Whoever falls into adultery with an unmarriageable relative, must be killed.” (Al-Hakim)

Al-Barra’ narrated that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) sent his uncle to a man who made love with his step mother to kill him and divide his wealth into five parts (like the spoils of war.)

Therefore, we ask Allah the Bounteous to forgive our sins for He is the Most Bounteous, the Most Kind.


31 Responses to “10. Fornication and Adultery”

  1. 1 Safiya March 11, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I am a married woman and committed adultery years ago whats my faith and am i entitle to forgiveness? I will regret this for the rest of my life. and i am so scared. I pray 5 times a day and always asking for forgiveness, will i be forgiven?

    • 2 theheartopener March 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

      Walaikum assalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

      ‘O My slaves who have wronged their souls, do not despair of Allah’s mercy, for Allah will forgive all the sins. He is indeed very Forgiving, very Compassionate, Turn to Him then, and obey Him (in all your affairs).'” (Al-Zumar:53,54).

      Said the Prophet on whom be peace: “Says Allah, ‘He who knows (and believes) that I forgive all sins, then I do forgive all his sins, and do not care – so long as he does not suggest partners unto Me.” And the rule will be applied (continues the Prophet ) in the Hereafter.”

      The Prophet quotes Allah as having said: “Son of Adam! If your sins were to reach the limits of the sky, and then you seek My forgiveness, I shall forgive you, and I do not care. Son of Adam! If you will bring sins equal in volume to the earth and then you meet Me (on the day of Judgment) in the state that you would not have suggested partners unto Me, I shall give you in return forgiveness equal to the volume of the earth.” And, as for the fourth, another hadith of the Prophet should be enough for the purpose. Said he: “He who repented is like him who has no sin on him.”
      I would like to tell you that there is no bound for Allah SWT’s mercy and forgiveness towards His SWT slaves. Give more sadaqah for it wipes away sin. Get in touch with a spiritual guide who will inshaaAllah help you more in getting closer to Allah SWT. Sins bring the slave closer to Allah SWT when he/she repents.

      Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “I swear by Him in whose hand is my soul, if you were a people who did not commit sin, Allah would take you away and replace you with a people who would sin and then seek Allah’s forgiveness so He could forgive them.” [Sahīh Muslim (2687)]

      You can get help from this forum inshaaAllah who will help you find a good spiritual guide inshaaAllah.
      Remember me in your duas.

  2. 3 sulaiman April 30, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Does it mean that when one has commited a sin like fornication, he/she cannot be forgiven unless capital punishment is received in this world or the next

  3. 5 sulaiman April 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

    jazakalah the link ws very helpful :)

  4. 6 athis May 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    salams brother..
    Im an 19 year old and i commited fornication and i reallly regret it….everything is ruined but i hope Allah will forgive me.
    What is islams stance on abortion…i know it is haram but in my case there seems to be no choice and is there an exception in my case as both of us are young and im from india where an illegitimate child will not be tolereated…will i receive punishmet equating it to murder

    • 7 theheartopener May 3, 2011 at 5:47 am

      Bismillahi Arrahman Arraheem
      Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu
      There are two issues regarding your matter; a) Premarital relationship, and b) Abortion.

      According to the Shari’ah, premarital relationship is expressly prohibited and it is a major sin. Shari’ah has closed all doors and avenues that may lead to adultery and its subsequent evils, for example, abortion, etc. Allah states in the Qur’aan, ‘And do not go close to adultery’. Adultery/fornication, is prohibited and anything that will lead to it is also prohibited. It is even prohibited to see a person of the opposite gender. That light leads to to other evils. Allah states, ‘Say to the believing males to lower their gazes… Say to the believing females to lower their gazes.’

      The punishment for fornication is 100 lashes in an Islamic state for both – unmarried male and unmarried female. If either one is married, then the punishment is death through stoning. The seriousness of such punishments will be appreciated only if one understands the evils in society that emanates from such sins. Consider the following:

      1. Adultery and fornication is just using one another to fulfil one’s passion and desire. A human being should be respected and not just used. In marriage, there is loyalty and commitment.

      2. Adultery/fornication either leads to illegitimate children who feel a sense of immorality in their entire life. They will lead by the example their biological parents set for them. Adultery/fornication may lead to abortion if the partners do not wish to have a child. That is murder.

      3. Adultery and fornication that leads to a person having multiple sex partners. That is the cause of Aids and other epidemics.

      The above three points are a sufficient burden in society. Allah refer to adultery/fornication as Faahisha (evil). Sister, you should get married if your partner is committed to you. If he is not committed to you and marriage, then fear Allah and stay away. Look for someone else to get married to. Do not continue your relationship with the person. Also make Tawbah, Allah is most Forgiving. If you are sincere, Allah will forgive you.

      The second issue is about abortion. There is a leeway for abortion before 120 days. That is is in circumstances, for example, rape, halth, etc. Shari’ah does not permit fornication or any subsequent act. Abortion due to fornication is a compounded evil.

      Abortion after 120 days is not permissible under any circumstances. The foetus already has life in it. Abortion of a live foetus is murder and a major sin. In such an instance, you will have to make Tawbah and also given one Gurra. That is the amount of 500 dirhams silver coins. One dirham is equivalent to 3.0618 grams. This be multiplied by 500 (which is 1kg and 530.9 grams of silver). Enquire about the value of the silver and work out the equivalent of that in your currency and give that in charity to the poor and needy.

      and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

      Mufti Ebrahim Desai

      I hope you will make sincere tawbah. Do get in touch with pious muslims who will help you keep away from sins and motivate you towards the love of Allah SWT inshaaAllah.
      Also do get in touch with a spiritual guide who can help you get closer to Allah SWT, the most merciful and if you need any help, contact people here
      with whom you can share your concerns and get the help inshaaAllah for there are ulema and shuyook (spiritual guides) here.

  5. 8 feeroza June 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Slms,my husband reads his five times daily salaah and commits adultery,what are the punishments for a person like this

  6. 10 sara August 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Salam Aleykum. i have a question for you, what should oenj do if one of his parents is adulterous? shall he cut off kinship ties for him or what?

  7. 15 Shareef December 3, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Salaams my brother and sisters my name is shareef but I’m a sinner I love women ask allah to forgive me and anybody like please ameen

  8. 16 Helal July 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Asala mulaikum brothers and sister,

    I want to ask you about a sin I commited, whether I will be forgiven, I asked for their forgiveness but they shutting me down.
    I used to touch my niece and told her terrible adultery materials when she was 8 or 9 and I was 18. I always wanted forgiveness but could not get it from them, I have now asked for forgiveness on my nees. I dnt now if they forgive me but will Allah forgive me for that sin,

  9. 18 moe November 15, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    As salaamualaykum. I have heard somewhere that 2 persons sins will not be hidden in this World. One is a gambler and one is an adulterer. Is this true?

  10. 20 lusty December 6, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Assalam o Alykum

    I have committed sin and I did intentionally with a innocent girl, now the girl became lusty and she is going with everyone and my thoughts always full of lust even if a girl or woman walking on the road i scanned her body with my mind i feel very lust ans i m unable to control myself. in this situation can I kill myself? becoz i know suicide is haram but also zina haram if I kill myself may be innocent girls will be safe from me. because i am helpless with my thoughts, i fear Allah but even Salah sujood my mind thinks how to catch girls. I love lust i m addicted. I know Allah will forgivve me if I repent but I dont want to lose my lusty desires, becoz I m slave of lust, people say pray Allah will help u, I pray but when I came out Masjid If i say on the road a woman or girl then my mind urge me how she is sexy and she is body parts i know that is bad but i ma helpless. someone told me think ur sister and mother there but these trick also not helped me.
    so Can I Kill? may be I wont kill or may be i do but my situation is very bad, I knw that is bad but I m not controlling..

    • 21 theheartopener December 8, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Walaikum assalam ww
      Get in touch with a pious sheikh. Keep making duaa. Make friends with righteous and be in their company.

    • 22 Abdul Hakim January 3, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Wa alaikumsalam Wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh…

      Subhanallah brother you have a serious case, let me offer some advice…

      First of all its not permissible to kill yourself due to your list.

      Its very good that you regret but what you need to do is change your environment. Go to an Islamic environment where you won’t see half naked women etc.

      Also remind yourself of the severe punishment for the adulterer, this should help you stay away inshaa Allah.

      And of course if you can get married, do so inshaa Allah.

      The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him advised us also to fast in order to control our desires, so for now fast Monday and Thursday.

      Regarding the girl from before, we are all accountable for our own actions in the end, just continue to make dua for her that Allah guides her. As long as you have made toubah, move forward.

      In conclusion Fear ALLAH

      We all have a personal relationship with Allah you can strengthen your relationship with recitation of the Qur’an and covering up your bad deeds with a good deed.

      Allah knows best.

  11. 23 Rofiat July 11, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Salm am married I committed adultery am so ashamed of myself of wat I did and j told my husband my father and sister abt it.i cried and seek forgiveness from Allah to forgive me my sins.despite d fact I knw the implication.i pray and ask for forgiveness in my solat .I even go for umurah and seek for forgiveness. My husband as forgiven me but sometimes he abused me with it.but I take it like that cos is my punishment. Can Allah the most forgive ever forgive.pls mh brothers help me in pleading with Allah I will never do it again.am changed

    • 24 theheartopener July 11, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Walaikum assalam WW
      Allah SWT is All forgiving. So do not be despaired of Allah’s mercy and also you don’t have to expose your sins to everyone even if they are close to you when Allah SWT out of His SWT immense mercy hides the sins of HIs slaves.

  12. 25 NN October 17, 2016 at 7:56 am

    The Quran says 100 lashes for illegal sex. It does not specify adultery or otherwise. Fornication and adultery are both forms of illegal sex. Do not add to the Quran what is not there.

    • 26 theheartopener December 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Is there a passage missing from the Quran regarding stoning for adultery. According to Ibn Ishaq’ :

      “God sent Muhammad, and sent down the scripture to him. Part of what he sent down was the passage on stoning. Umar says, ‘We read it, we were taught it, and we heeded it. The apostle [Muhammad] stoned, and we stoned after him. I fear that in the time to come men will say that they find no mention of stoning in God’s book, and thereby go astray in neglecting an ordinance which God has sent down. Verily, stoning in the book of God is a penalty laid on married men and women who commit adultery.”

      Today we read in the Qur’an, sura 24:32 that the penalty for adultery is 100 lashes. Umar said adultery was not only a capital offence, but one which demanded stoning. That verse is now missing from the Qur’an, and that is why Umar raised this issue ?


      A passage from the Quran regarding stoning for adultery is not missing; the issues regarding stoning have been mentioned in many authentic Ahadith.

      The verse mentioned in Surah an-Nur has prescribed the way that is flogging for both man and woman with a hundred stripes. That is when the crime is committed by unmarried man and woman, Hazrat Ibn Abbas states:

      “It is prescribed that if the married man and woman commit this crime then they be stoned to death and the punishment for an unmarried person is a hundred stripes.

      (Sahih Bukhari, Kita but-Tafsir p. 657)

      Sayyidna Ubadah Ibn Samit (R.A) narrates that the Holy prophet (S.A.W) said:

      Have knowledge from me, have knowledge from me that Allah Ta’ala has prescribed now the ‘way for women’ (that he had promised before), which is for an unmarried man and woman is a hundred stripes and exile for one year, and for a married man and woman it is hundred stripes and stoning. (Ibn Katheer)

      (Ma’ariful Qur’an vol.6 p.348 By: Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi)

      and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

      Mufti Ebrahim Desai

  13. 27 NN October 17, 2016 at 7:57 am

    The Quran says 100 lashes for all illegal sex. This includes both adultery and fornication in general. Do not add to the Quran what is not there.

  14. 28 Ayuba December 1, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Slm, i am addicted to pornography since at the age of 17 til nw and am 20, nw it gettin worse that i feel the need to go ahead and jst fornicates, pls i really wnt to stop dis, pray 4 me pls

  15. 30 Edejoh December 6, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    fornication and adultery are grave sin

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