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Muhtaram / Muhtaramah

In the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāh wa-barakātuh.

Allah Ta’ala states in the Holy Qur’aan: “And do not even go near fornication. It is indeed a shameless act and an evil way to follow.” (Surah Bani Isra’eel, Verse: 32).

This verse clearly purports the prohibition of Adultery (Zina). Given here is a reason why it is forbidden.

This is a shame, gross and immodest act. Whoever is denuded of modesty is denuded of human nobility itself and is rendered incapable of distinguishing the good from bad. This is more succinctly said in a Hadith: “When you lose your sense of shame and modesty, then do what you wish to do”. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Hadith #: 6120)

عن ربعى بن حراش حدثنا أبو مسعود قال قال النبى – صلى الله عليه وسلم – « إن مما أدرك الناس من كلام النبوة الأولى إذا لم تستحى فاصنع ما شئت » (صحيح البخاري، الحديث رقم: 6120)


Therefore, Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has declared Hayaa (modesty) an integral part of Imaan. (Al-Bukhari)

It is mentioned in a Hadith narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah (Radiallahu Anhu) that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “The heavens and the earth, the seven of them each, curse the married person who commits adultery. The strong stench that spreads out from the private parts of such people will embarrass even those condemned to hell and thus they will suffer in hell with both punishment and disgrace. (Musnadul Bazzaar)

In another Hadith narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah (Radiallahu Anhu), Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “A fornicator, when fornicating is not a believer. A thief when stealing is not a believer. And a drunkard when drinking is not a believer. (Bukhari, Muslim)

The explanation of this as appears in another Hadith is that when a person commits Zina, his Imaan leaves his heart and hovers above his head. Until this person is not forgiven by Allah Ta’la, his Imaan will never enter his heart again.

It is narrated on the authority of Haitham ibn Malik At-Taa’ee that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Besides ascribing partners with Allah, there is no sin more severe and heinous in the sight of Allah than Zina”. (Ibn Kathir).

Besides the disgrace and punishment a person will have to face in the Aakhirah for committing adultery, there are repercussions of Zina a person will experience in this world as well. A person who commits the disgusting sin of Zina undergoes difficulty in this world like absence of Barakah in ones sustenance, absence of Barakah in one’s life, and there is a possibility that history will repeat itself where ones children and progeny will fall into this sin. (Rouhul Ma’aani)

ويعلم من الأخبار أن ثمرات الزنا قبيحة منها أنه يورد النار والعذاب الشديد وأنه يورث الفقر وذهاب البهاء وقصد العمر وأنه يؤخذ بمثله من ذرية الزاني ، ولما قيل لبعض الملوك ذلك أراد تجربته بابنة له وكانت غاية في الحسن فأنزلها مع امرأة وأمرها أن لا تمنع أحداً أراد التعرض لها بأي شيء شاء وأمرها بكشف وجهها فطافت بها في الأسواق فما مرت على أحد إلا وأطرق حياء وخجلاً منها فلما طافت بها المدينة كلها ولم يمد أحد نظره إليها رجعت بها إلى دار الملك فلما أرادت الدخول أمسكها إنسان وقبلها ثم ذهب عنها فادخلتها على الملك وذكرت له القصة فسجد شكراً وقال : الحمد لله تعالى ما وقع مني في عمري قط إلا قبلة وقد قوصصت بها نسأل الله سبحانه أن يعصمنا وذراينا ومن ينسب إلينا من الفواحش ما ظهر منها وما بطن بحرمة النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم . (روح المعاني)



And Allah knows best.

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