Whether promiscuous sex or adultery Allah doesn’t seem to be able to make his mind up as to how it should be punished. House Arrest until death, together with enforced chastity?, is another variation on the same theme, along with flogging or stoning

Sahih International: Those who commit unlawful sexual intercourse of your women – bring against them four [witnesses] from among you. And if they testify, confine the guilty women to houses until death takes them or Allah ordains for them [another] way.

Pickthall: As for those of your women who are guilty of lewdness, call to witness four of you against them. And if they testify (to the truth of the allegation) then confine them to the houses until death take them or (until) Allah appoint for them a way (through new legislation).

Yusuf Ali: If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, Take the evidence of four (Reliable) witnesses from amongst you against them; and if they testify, confine them to houses until death do claim them, or Allah ordain for them some (other) way.

Shakir: And as for those who are guilty of an indecency from among your women, call to witnesses against them four (witnesses) from among you; then if they bear witness confine them to the houses until death takes them away or Allah opens some way for them.

Muhammad Sarwar: Those of your women who commit fornication, let four (Muslim) witness testify to their act. If there is sufficient testimony, confine them to their homes until they die, or until God provides a way for their freedom.

Mohsin Khan: 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.

Arberry: Such of your women as commit indecency, call four of you to witness against them; and if they witness, then detain them in their houses until death takes them or God appoints for them a way.

According to the Study Quran this verse applies to any form of illegal sex ( indecency or fahishah ), which may be adulterous or not, between a man and a Muslim woman, who could be either married or unmarried.

One size fits all Sharia? It takes two to tango so where is the man and his punishment? Why has he been swept under the carpet?

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One Response to Whether promiscuous sex or adultery Allah doesn’t seem to be able to make his mind up as to how it should be punished. House Arrest until death, together with enforced chastity?, is another variation on the same theme, along with flogging or stoning

  1. θ says:

    Qur’an 4, v.15 is a special verse against lesbians, that they are placed under house arrest for specific time, even till death if necessary, whereas the scourging in Q.24, v.2 is different penalty for a couple of adulterer and adulteress. In a nutshell, Q.4, v.15 talks about some abnormal women, whereas Q.24, v.2 talks about a promiscuity of two normal couple.

    When one reads the Tanach (e.g, Leviticus 20:13), it is quite noticeable that something is blatantly missing: women. In fact, one doesn’t find any mention of female same-sex relations or lesbianism anywhere in the Tanach. Not even once. Even Jesus is silent on it.
    What does it mean?
    One’d assume that having no prohibition means permission, right? Doesn’t it usually become a norm that if there’s no law saying you can’t do something, namely lesbianism, it’s indication that you are permitted to do it?

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