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Some sources suggest that stoning is an Islamic prescription for adultery, but other sources suggest that it is not, and that only lashes are mentioned in the Qur'an.

Due to the Ayah [24:2]:

The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man found guilty of sexual intercourse - lash each one of them with a hundred lashes, and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion of Allah , if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a group of the believers witness their punishment.

Is this source a prescription for adultery or fornication? If fornication, then what are the consequences for adultery?

  • In the case of married men and women, are you referring to adultery? – Double U Aug 24 '13 at 22:40
  • @Anonymous: Yes, I mean adultery – Azad Aug 24 '13 at 22:45
  • You may find this source of good use: Pavlovitch, P. (2010). The Stoning of a Pregnant Adulteress from Juhayna: The Early Evolution of a Muslim Tradition. Islamic Law & Society, 17(1), 1-62. doi:10.1163/092893810X12616489669075 – Double U Aug 24 '13 at 23:15
  • You may also find this source useful: Abdulmajeed Hassan Bello (2011) The punishment for adultery in Islamic law and its application in Nigeria, Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, 13:2-3, 166-182, DOI: 10.1080/1528817X.2012.733132 – Double U Aug 24 '13 at 23:33
  • @Anonymous: Thanks for the edit and providing those sources. – Azad Aug 25 '13 at 5:35
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In the Qur'an, there is a concept called zina (زنا‬), which refers to both fornication and adultery.

In the early days of Islam, the punishment for zina was confinement to the house or corporal punishment. The woman would be confined to the house until she died or another piece of legislation came into force. The man would receive corporal punishment.

And those of your women, who commit illegal sexual intercourse, take the evidence of four witnesses from amongst you against them; and if they testify, confine them (i.e. women) to houses until death comes to them or Allah ordains for them some (other) way. And the two persons (man and woman) among you, who commit illegal sexual intercourse, hurt them both. (Qur’an 4:15–16)

The fornicatress and fornicator, flog each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not pity withhold you in their case, in a punishment prescribed by Allah, if you believe in Allah and the last Day. And let a party of the believers witness their punishment. (Qur’an 24:2)

The verses are for married and unmarried persons who commit zina. However, there may be a distinction between the married state of the offender of zina in that the married person will get a heftier punishment than the unmarried counterpart, because there is no legitimate reason why the married person cannot have sex within marriage. Therefore, the unmarried person may receive a lighter sentence or at most receive some lashings whereas the married person is stoned to death.

Source: Abdulmajeed Hassan Bello (2011) The punishment for adultery in Islamic law and its application in Nigeria, Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, 13:2-3, 166-182, DOI: 10.1080/1528817X.2012.733132

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    It means, only Lashes as a punishment for Adultery, I am agree with that, thanks for the answer. – Azad Aug 25 '13 at 20:34
  • no no no! lashes is the punishment for unmarried people involving in illegal sex, but stoning is punishment for adultery @Azad here – servant-of-Wiser May 1 '15 at 22:09
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It's a 100 lashes according to the Quran nevertheless, stoning used to occur at the time of the prophet (saw) because, the verse was not yet reaveled to the proophet so, the prophet used to apply the Jewish law on the adulterous.

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  • Please consider providing evidences to support your claim and make your answer useful (see How to Answer). – Medi1Saif Jun 8 '17 at 1:32

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