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What does islam say about rapists? what is their punishment?

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what does islam say about rapists? what is their punishment? i have a friend who is muslim and she was almost raped by her childhood friend. he is also muslim. he forced himself on her. she is in complete depression because of him. she cant tell anyone. she feels ashame and that she has to live with this sin the rest of her life. how come womens live has to be filled with all the pain? she is suffering now, but what about the guy? he doesn`t care. he is living free without any guilt. 

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Punishment for Rapist

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Your Question: my question is straight forwar. what does islam say about rapists? what is their punishment?

The abomination of rape would be classified in Shariah under the crime of zina (fornication or adultery), and for the life of this world, the same punishment that applies for one convicted in a Court of Shariah law of zina, would apply for rape.

 

If a person is married and is convicted of the abomination of rape in a Court of Shariah Law, the prescribed punishment would be to stone the convict to death in public; but if the person is unmarried, the punishment is that he should be flogged 100 lashes in public.

 

The above is the punishment Shariah or Islamic Law allows a righteous society to exact retribution in the life of this world from the person committing this heinous and abomination of a crime. If the person does not repent for his heinous sin, the punishment in the Hereafter in the Supreme Court of the Majestic Lord would be much more severe and ever-lasting!

 

Your Question:i have a friend who is muslim and she was almost raped by her childhood friend. he is also muslim. he forced himself on her. she is in complete depression because of him. she cant tell anyone. she feels ashame and that she has to live with this sin the rest of her life. how come womens live has to be filled with all the pain?


The sister who experienced this enormous trial in her life must rest assured that she is absolutely free of any sin or wrong-doing; and if she has evidence and can prove her accusation, she is well within her rights to take the person who deflowered her without right to Court, and extract just punishment from him.

 

Because she is the innocent party whose rights have been forcefully oppressed, she is absolutely blameless; thus there is absolutely no need for her to feel ashamed or depressed.and she is well within her rights to extract revenge from the person in a Court of Law, if she wishes to do so.

 

If she is unable to prove her accusation against the person who raped her in a Court of Law, she should be rest assured that even if the person seemingly is able to get away with his heinous crime in the life of this short transitory world, Allah is our witness, never ever will he be able to get away with what he has done in the Presence of the All-Knowing and Majestic Lord on that Inevitable Day of Judgment! Allah is our witness, every oppressed will have its day in the Presence of the Lord Most High, and no oppressor will be able to simply walk away without paying retribution in full for his crime!

 

Your Statements: she feels ashame and that she has to live with this sin the rest of her life. how come womens live has to be filled with all the pain?

Dear and Beloved Sister, it is precisely to put an end to this abuse and pain and to protect this invaluable and priceless honor of the women, that Allah Subhanah, in His Supreme and Perfect Wisdom, has commanded the believing woman to adorn the hijaab so that she will be recognized as a righteous woman, (and commanded both the men and the women) to lower their gaze, scrupulously guard their modesty, prohibited them from forming any sort of relationship with a non-mehram member of the opposite sex, not to engage in talk with a non-mehram without genuine need, never ever to be alone with a non-mehram, and not to befriend a non-mehram member of the opposite sex.

 

Not only has the Lord Most Gracious commanded the believing woman to obey and follow His Guidance in regards to the protection of her modesty and her honor, The Lord Most Supreme has Commanded and made is a duty unto the guardians of the woman (the father, uncles, brothers, husband, etc.) to maintain, sustain, and protect the womenfolk under their ward. Such is the value, concern, importance and esteem of the protection of the honor of woman in Islam and in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.

 

If the woman or her guardians take the commands and duties laid upon them by the All-Wise Lord lightly, or as a burden, or unnecessary and an excessive protection as some ignorant do in these trying times. and something untoward were to happen because of their non-compliance to the guidance of their Lord; they will be responsible and held accountable for their share of the sin.

 

Man is so careful with his physical assets which he believes are important and valuable to him, like his house, his car, his jewelry, his possessions, his cash, etc. that he constantly monitors their safety and makes sure that these are always protected and secured safely under lock-and-key at all times! It is indeed unfortunate that the same person who so carefully and meticulously guards his replaceable property is so lax and casual about his most valuable and irreplaceable asset: his and his familys honor!

 

Just as one who keeps his house, his car, his cash or his possessions unprotected and he happens to be robbed or burgled, he will hold himself partly responsible for his loss; the woman (and her guardians) who allowed themselves to be put in a situation whereby their most valuable asset was at a risk should also take some responsibility upon themselves and make absolutely sure that they never ever put themselves and their loved ones again in a similar situation.

 

Your Question: she is suffering now, but what about the guy? he doesn`t care. he is living free without any guilt. 

If the sister can prove her accusation in a Court of Law, she is well within her rights to take the accused to court and seek retribution by extracting revenge against the evil-doer. But if for any reason the sister does not wish or is unable to extract her revenge in the life of this world, she should be rest assured that even though it may seem that the person is able to walk away with his crime without any punishment or guilt, he will, without an iota of a doubt, be brought forth as a criminal in the Just and Supreme Court of The All-Mighty Lord and the sister will be able to extract her full retribution against the injustice done towards her on that Tumultuous and Inevitable Day.

 

On that Inevitable Day in the Presence of the Majestic Lord, no oppressor will be able to walk away with his sin without giving full and complete retribution; and no oppressed one will be pushed aside without exacting a full and complete revenge and retribution to their hearts desire!

 

The other day I was reading a report on crime in the United States whereby it stated that in excess of 30 million women are victims of rape or attempted rape every year in the United States alone! That amounts to a women being a victim of rape or attempted rape every one second; and that is in America alone whose population represents only about 4-5% of the world population! One can only imagine how many innocent women become victims of this heinous and abomination crime of rape worldwide!!! But the part of the report which was even more shocking and unbelievable was that 95% of them were reportedly raped by men who were known to them!!!

 

Just as ones replaceable assets are at risk from thieves and burglars if they are left unprotected; Allah is our witness, the honor of our sisters and our families will remain at risk until we give it the concern and importance that it so rightfully deserves! One may easily learn how to protect ones replaceable and worldly assets through experience, but if one is genuinely and sincerely wishes to protect this irreplaceable and supreme asset of ones honor, one has to turn to Divine Guidance; for that system of protection has been devised by none other than the One Who is All-Knowing, All-Wise!

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

Burhan


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