What is Zina and Why it is Haram in Islam?

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According to Islamic teachings, the sinful act of engaging in sexual behaviour outside of the context of a valid marriage contract is referred to as zina. Zina is the term given to the act of fornication that can take place between either males or females. The act of engaging in fornication or adultery is referred to as “Zina” in Arabic. When a married couple has sexual relations with another partner outside of their marriage, this behaviour is known as adultery.

It is against the rules in Islam for a man or a woman to engage in sexual behaviour with anybody other than their lawful female or male companion. This prohibition applies to both men and women. It is forbidden for married men to have sexual relations with anybody other than their wives, and it is also forbidden for married women to have sexual relations with anyone other than their husbands.

Because you are her lawful husband and she is your lawful wife, you are free to engage in sexual activity with your wife, and she is well within her rights to do the same with you. Because of this, Islam places a great deal of stress on the Nikah, or marriage contract, so that its followers do not engage in the practise of Zina, which can be translated as fornication in the English language.

In Islamic law, zina is considered haram, which means it is forbidden. No Muslim woman is permitted to have sexual relations with anybody other than her husband or wife, and the same rules apply to them. Zina is an act that should be punished since it undermines the values that our society uphold. Zina transforms you into the worst kind of person, one who assists the devil in destroying families and relationships. When a woman who is married to someone else engages in Zina with a man who is not her Mahram, not only does she deceive her husband, but she also contributes to the breakup of her family. It is improbable that she will be able to rescue her family integration if her husband catches her in the act of cheating on him.

In a similar manner, a wife who learns that her husband has been having sexual relations with another woman may decide to file for divorce, thereby bringing an end to their family. The unpleasant reality is that the greatest number of children are impacted because they are dependent on their parents for their upbringing and direction. They have no responsibility for the sins we commit, yet we make them our victims. It is an unjust act that punishes children who have done nothing wrong but nevertheless have to suffer as a result of our dumb behaviour, and this act should not be carried out.

Zina is forbidden for single people as well as for men and women who are already married, hence the practise is discouraged even for married couples. Nikah, also known as marriage, is strongly encouraged in Islam as a means of preventing people from engaging in adultery or falling prey to fornication. To eliminate the chance of their offspring committing adultery or committing zina, Muslims should marry off their children as soon as possible. It is regrettable that we Muslims have forgotten the significance of Nikah in our society; as a result, our societies have degenerated into a chaotic state.

The religion of Islam encourages its adherents, who are collectively referred to as Muslims, to enter into Nikah marriages in order to eradicate the practise of Zina from our cultures. People are permitted and encouraged to look for Nikah inside Islamic society, so that there is no room for excuses regarding Zina. The Islamic civilization gives all that is necessary for marriage, including equal rights for men and women. In the event that there are orphans or low-income families that are unable to pay for the weddings of their children, the Muslims who live in the area should make sure that they too have access. Their children who have reached an age when they are capable of shouldering the responsibilities of a new family should be provided with both moral and material support.

There are several other types of zina in Islam, including the zina of eyes, the zina of tongue, and the zina of your mind. The meaning of zina is not restricted to the concept of sexual penetration alone. The Zina of your eyes refers to the way in which you stare at men or women, and the Zina of your tongue refers to the way in which you use your tongue to talk about sexual topics with either men or women. The Zina of your mind refers to the thinking processes that are associated with your sexual imagination. There is also something termed “Zina of hands,” which simply refers to the act of participating in Zina while using one’s hands.

A person who is found guilty of the crime of zina faces serious repercussions. The punishment for unmarried men and women who are caught engaging in Zina in the presence of four witnesses is one hundred and one lashes according to the Sharia rule that Allah established to deal with the sin of Zina. If a married male and female are found to have committed zina in front of four witnesses, they will be required to be stoned to death. However, in order to do so, you will need to provide four witnesses.

On the day of judgement, Allah will punish with the fires of hell those people who committed zina but were not seen committing it. On the other hand, whether or not one chooses to forgive them depends on whether or not one wants to. Allah has the ability to either reward or punish us based on our behaviour. We beseech Allah to have mercy on us.

Heena Qureshi

My Name is Heena Qureshi, and I am a proud Muslima who loves to share Islam and the knowledge of various fields with others.


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