Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Quran is against Sharia stoning to death


There is evidence from the Quran that our good Prophet did not apply the stoning to death penalty to the Muslims during his time because if he did he will contradict the very message he was supposed to deliver from God. The stoning was only applicable for those who have the punishment written in their scriptures. The Torah and the Bible condoned such punishment but not the Quran.

The following evidences from the Quran are proofs against the hadith that claimed the Prophet applied the law of stoning to death to his people during his time

Sahih Bukhari
Volume 4, Book 56, Number 829:
Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar:

The Jews came to Allah's Apostle and told him that a man and a woman from amongst them had committed illegal sexual intercourse. Allah's Apostle said to them, "What do you find in the Torah (old Testament) about the legal punishment of Ar-Rajm (stoning)?" They replied, (But) we announce their crime and lash them." Abdullah bin Salam said, "You are telling a lie; Torah contains the order of Rajm." They brought and opened the Torah and one of them solaced his hand on the Verse of Rajm and read the verses preceding and following it. Abdullah bin Salam said to him, "Lift your hand." When he lifted his hand, the Verse of Rajm was written there. They said, "Muhammad has told the truth; the Torah has the Verse of Rajm. The Prophet then gave the order that both of them should be stoned to death. ('Abdullah bin 'Umar said, "I saw the man leaning over the woman to shelter her from the stones."

Proof that this was rightly applied by the Prophet to the Jewish couple

Yes this was what the Prophet did he gave judgment for the Jews with the punishment written in their own scripture. It is stated in the Quran the Jews were to be judged by their Book the Torah (Surah 5:44-45) and the Christians by the Gospel (Surah 5:46-47). So the Jews should not take the Quran for the punishment when they have their own law? And it is stated in the Quran

Why do they come to you for decision when they have their own law before them? Therein is plain command of God, yet even after that they would turn away for they are not really people of faith. (Surah 5:43)

From the above evidence the stoning to death is not for the Muslim offenders because the Prophet was commanded to use the Quran to judge the Muslims and this is clearly stated in the Quran:

To you We sent the scripture in truth confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what God has revealed, and follow not their vain desires diverging from the truth that has come to you. So each among you have We prescribed a Law and an open way…..(Surah 5:48)

Thus it is impossible that the Prophet applied the Jewish law on the Muslims, it is ordained in the Quran for the offence of fornication it is lashes as stated in Surah 24:2 The woman and the man guilty of fornication flog each of them with a hundred stripes!

Volume 8, Book 82, Number 803:
Narrated Ash-Sha'bi:

from 'Ali when the latter stoned a lady to death on a Friday. 'Ali said, "I have stoned her according to the tradition of Allah's Apostle."

Proof that the above narration by Ali is a falsehood

There is no such evidence of the tradition of Allah’s Apostle in the Quran or such word as the “Sunnah of the Prophet stoning to death”. Whatever command inspired by God to the Prophet it will be in the Quran and he obeyed by his action so it is impossible the Prophet’s action is not as what is depicted in the Quran. Again this tale can be written off as false because what Ali said is not reflected anywhere in the Quran. If Ali is the man of the Prophet at his time he would have followed the Prophet who followed the Book of God

As to those who hold fast to the Book (The Quran) and establish regular prayers- never shall We suffer the reward of the righteous to perish. (Surah 7:170). And this is a Book which We have revealed as a blessing: so follow and be righteous that you may received mercy. (Surah 6:155)

Volume 9, Book 89, Number 303:
Narrated Abu Huraira and Zaid bin Khalid Al-Juhani:

A bedouin came and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Judge between us according to Allah's Book (Laws)." His opponent stood up and said, "He has said the truth, so judge between us according to Allah's Laws." The bedouin said, "My son was a laborer for this man and committed illegal sexual intercourse with his wife. The people said to me, 'Your son is to be stoned to death,' so I ransomed my son for one hundred sheep and a slave girl. Then I asked the religious learned men and they said to me, 'Your son has to receive one hundred lashes plus one year of exile.' " The Prophet said, "I shall judge between you according to Allah's Book (Laws)! As for the slave girl and the sheep, it shall be returned to you, and your son shall receive one-hundred lashes and be exiled for one year. O you, Unais!" The Prophet addressed some man, "Go in the morning to the wife of this man and stone her to death." So Unais went to her the next morning and stoned her to death.

The above hadith is again proof of distortion of what actually is factual

In the above narration the Bedouin requested the Apostle to judge according to Allah’s Book and the Apostle replied he will judge between them according to Allah’s Book but Allah’s Book do not have the punishment of stoning to death so how can the story be authenticated? So it is a contradiction and that mean the law of fornication have been falsified to include the stoning to death which is not sanctioned by God and thus was not inspired to the Prophet Muhammad.

Book 017, Number 4191:
'Ubada b. as-Samit reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Receive (teaching) from me, receive (teaching) from me. Allah has ordained a way for those (women). When an unmarried male commits adultery with an unmarried female (they should receive) one hundred lashes and banishment for one year. And in case of married male committing adultery with a married female, they shall receive one hundred lashes and be stoned to death.

It is an injustice law doing the same offence of sexual intercourse but different punishment because of status.

The Quran is fair to all whether unmarried or married the punishment of doing the same offence is to be flogged a hundred lashes. If stoning is part of the punishment for married offenders then it will contradict with the following message of the Quran

And whoever among you has not within his power ampleness of means to marry free believing women, then (he may marry) of those whom your right hands possess from among your believing maidens; and Allah knows best your faith: you are (sprung) the one from the other; so marry them with the permission of their masters, and give them their dowries justly, they being chaste, not fornicating, nor receiving paramours; and when they are taken in marriage, then if they are guilty of indecency, they shall suffer half the punishment which is (inflicted) upon free women. This is for him among you who fears falling into evil; and that you abstain is better for you, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful (Surah 4:25)

If the married free woman found guilty of fornication is to be stoned to death then how to punish the married slave girls who shall be penalized half the punishment which is inflicted upon the free women as stated above? Stone her half death?
This shows that stoning to death is not the Muslim way of punishment.

Another factor which stoning to death will contradict the message brought by the Prophet is against the attribute of God Who is ever Merciful and Forgiving

And they who do not call upon another god with Allah and do not slay the soul, which Allah has forbidden except in the requirements of justice, and (who) do not commit fornication and he who does this shall find a requital of sin; The punishment shall be doubled to him on the day of resurrection, and he shall abide therein in abasement; Except him who repents and believes and does a good deed; so these are they of whom Allah changes the evil deeds to good ones; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful (Surah 25:68-70)

The punishment by stoning to death will not give time and opportunity for the offenders to mend themselves and seek God forgiveness as stated in the above verse. The punishment of God is life saving in this world there is time for amend and repentance and this attribute of mercy is even extended in the case of murder.

O ye who believe! The law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain then grant any reasonable demand, and compensates him with handsome gratitude, this is a concession and a Mercy from your Lord. After this whoever exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty. In the law of equality there is saving of life for you, O you men of understanding; that you may restraint yourselves.(Surah 2:178-179)

From the above evidences there is no way to make accusation that the Prophet Muhammad teaches his people to punish the fornicators by stoning to death, this is falsehood created by sinister to tarnish the good name of our Prophet (Pboh)


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