What is the punishment for this? I always heard about what the punishment will be for it, if I penetrate someone, but what if someone just sleeps with the opposite sex (without penetration), how will he/she get punished?

  • Then to the best of my knowledge, that is not called "Zina" at all. Oct 5, 2015 at 16:49
  • @azam Sleeping with a non-mahram woman in the same bed without any sexual penetration not a Zina?
    – user13940
    Oct 5, 2015 at 17:01
  • I understood in which perspective you are saying like this. But the word 'Zina' is used to mean major zina, more specifically intercourse. If you want to call it Zina, then most probably you could call it "Zina of laying". And Allah knows the best. Jajakallah. @HüdaverdiAlperenDemirok Oct 5, 2015 at 17:40
  • What is the punishment for it though, am I going to be burnt in molten lava or lead in Jahannam?
    – user13940
    Oct 5, 2015 at 18:03
  • No, this zina, but doesn't require punishment, as there are different types of zina as the prophet said: كُتِبَ عَلَى ابْنِ آدَمَ حَظُّهُ مِنَ الزِّنَا ، الْعَيْنُ تَزْنِي وَزِنَاهَا النَّظَرُ ، وَالْفَمُ يَزْنِي وَزِنَاهُ التَّقْبِيلُ ، وَالْيَدَانِ تَزْنِيَانِ وَزِنَاهُمَا اللَّمْسُ ، وَالرِّجْلُ تَزْنِي وَزِنَاهَا الْمَشْيُ ، وَيُصَدِّقُ ذَلِكَ أَوْ يُكَذِّبُهُ الْفَرْجُ , and the punishment might be as you you said, it is up to Allah to decide anyways, unless you repent sincerely as I said in my answer, then in shaa' Allah you're safe. Oct 6, 2015 at 4:03

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There is no specific punishment for this act (sleeping with someone without having intercourse) in the dunia, as punishment was only mentioned for those who commit fornication (intercourse). However, Allah might keep the punishment until the hereafter unless the sinner repents sincerely, as repentance deletes what's before. And Allah knows best.


All Praise to Allah Subhan o Taala and blessings on Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him His family and companions

As you have asked but what if someone just sleeps with the opposite sex (without penetration),It is a great sin and not allowed in Islam ,,one must sincerely repent and do Tawbah.

.......The food (slaughtered cattle, eatable animals, etc.) of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) is lawful to you and yours is lawful to them. (Lawful to you in marriage) are chaste women from the believers and chaste women from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) before your time, when you have given their due Mahr (bridal money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage), desiring chastity (i.e. taking them in legal wedlock) not committing illegal sexual intercourse, nor taking them as girl-friends.....Quran Al-Maida 5:5

It is not allowed in Islam to make any kind of relationships or hanging around and sleeping with Non Mahram and as the question says if someone just sleeps indicating not sure if may be once or more it could lead to intercourse as well so should stop doing this way of destroying duniya o akhirah.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Allah has written the very portion of Zina which a man will indulge in. There will be no escape from it. The Zina of the eye is the (lustful) look, the Zina of the ears is the listening (to voluptuous songs or talk), the Zina of the tongue is (the licentious) speech, the Zina of the hand is the (lustful) grip, the Zina of the feet is the walking (to the place where he intends to commit Zina), the heart yearns and desires and the private parts approve all that or disapprove it."

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it. Quran 99:7-8

Allah Swt and His Messenger knows best.

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    Don't worry, I know my limits. I just wanted to know what the punishment is if someone doesn't penetrate a woman, but shares the bed with her. Just wanted to know if it is like major Zina or not.
    – user13940
    Oct 7, 2015 at 19:03
  • ok MashAllah ,,As you have commented above that "am I going to be burnt in molten lava or lead in Jahannam? – so try to ask question like by referring in other form like "is the sinner would burnt in molten lava" ,,may Allah swt protect all.
    – Syedah
    Oct 7, 2015 at 21:15
  • check this one islam.stackexchange.com/questions/9181/…
    – Syedah
    Oct 7, 2015 at 21:25
  • I think this is also a good one: islamqa.info/en/81995
    – user13940
    Oct 8, 2015 at 11:08

The person will go to jahannam for doing anything with a man who they are not lawfully married. It is harram to even talk to a man in islam never mind sleeping with them.

  • I agree. In many mazhab you lose your wudu for even shaking hands with non-mahram. Isa, ibn Meryam said "If you look at another non-mahram lustfully you have already committed zina in your heart. So forget about touching or laying in bed. May 28, 2018 at 19:54
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    Who are you to declare that somebody will go to jahannam?
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