Islamic Laws

About Adultery

Source: Ain-al-Hayat, By: Allama Muhammad Baqir Majlisi

One should abstain and keep away from adultery. It is one of the major sins that a person can commit. Adultery is of different types.
There is adultery through the private parts, adultery through the eyes by looking at the females lustfully, adultery by peeping at adult na-mahram females (the females who, according to the shariah, are outside the immediate family circle), the adultery through the ears by hearing lustful talk or amorous songs and taking pleasure hearing the talk of na-mahram women.
Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir (as) and Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (as) have said that there are few men who are safe from adultery. The reason for this is that there are several categories of adultery: Adultery of the eye (looking with lust at women is haram), adultery with touch (touching women with lust), adultery with mouth (kissing na-mahram females), and the most accursed person on the Day of Reckoning will be that who introduced his seed in the private part of a na-mahram.
Imam Musa al-Kadhim (as) has said that one must abstain from adultery because it affects the livelihood and nullifies the Hereafter for the person.
Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (as) has said the adulterer will have six traits, three worldly and the other three are for the Hereafter. The worldly traits will be: 1. Loss of the radiance of the face. 2. The person becomes impecunious. 3. He moves closer to destruction. The traits of the adulterer in the Hereafter will be:!. He faces the ire of Allah.? 2. He finds it extremely difficult to render account on the Day of Judgment. 3. He will be consigned to the Hell in perpetuity.
After me, adultery will be rampant. Because of this there will be sudden deaths of people.
The companions of Prophet ‘Isa (as) told him, “O perfect guide! Give us guidance.” He replied, “Prophet Musa (as) has exhorted you not to make false promises. I warn you not to make even true promises. Prophet Musa (as) has asked you to never commit adultery. I exhort you not even to get the thought of adultery in your minds.”
Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (as) told to Mufazzil: O Mufazzil! One who commits adultery with another person, one day he too would face the same predicament. Listen with care! There was an infamous adulteress in the tribe of Bani Israel. One man used to visit her frequently. One day Allah made the woman tell him that his spouse was committing adultery with another male at his house. The man was doing the same with his wife that he did with her. In anger, the man rushed home. He saw a man sleeping with his spouse. He went to the presence of Prophet Musa (as) and complained. Jibrael(as) came and told Prophet Musa (as), “Please tell this person that as you sow, so shall you reap! You must take care of the chastity of others if you are concerned of your own!”
The Retribution for Adultery, Pederasty and Suhaq (Monosexuality)
The Prophet of Islam (S) has narrated that Jibrael has told him that the fragrance of the Heaven can be smelled from a distance equivalent to travelling for a thousand years. But one who has been disinherited by his parents, one who aborted a pregnancy and who is an adulterer will not be able to smell this fragrance.
It has come in the traditions that one who copulates with a woman through her anal cavity or commits pederasty will be raised up on the Day of Reckoning in a condition worst than the carcass of a dead animal. The people then will be troubled much with the foul smell. He will be consigned to the Hell and no cognizance will be taken of his past deeds. He will be sealed in a casket on which steel nails will be fixed. He will be in such extreme retribution that if a single vein of his is taken near a 100,000 persons, they will all die with the foul stink.
It is said that a person who sets an evil eye on his neighbor’s house and avers the hair and bodies of women with lust, will be consigned to the Hell along with the hypocrites. A person who reveals the private deals of Muslims will not depart from the world till his own evil deeds are exposed.
It is said that one who gets an opportunity to rape a slave-girl and refrains from doing it with fear of Allah, will be spared from the Hellfire and will be in peace on the Day of Reckoning. He will be rewarded with a place in the Heaven.
It is said that if one has touched a woman with an evil intent, his hands will be tied to his neck on the day of reckoning.
It is said that if one has talked in jest with a na-mahram woman, he will be made a prisoner in the Grounds of Reckoning for a thousand years.
It is said that if one has stared at a na-mahram female with evil intent, his eyes will be pierced with fiery nails. This process will continue till all the creation has gone through the Reckoning. Then the person will be consigned to the Hell.
A person who commits adultery with a married woman, such man and woman would ooze a stinking fluid from their private parts that the road in the Hell will smell foul for a distance that can be traveled in five hundred years.
When a married woman sets an evil eye one a na-mahram male, Allah’s Retribution will fall on her and all her good deeds would go null and void.
A woman who beds with a strange man, she will burn in the Hellfire.
Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (as) has said that one should treat the parents well that the person’s children do likewise with him. Don’t commit adultery with na-mahram lest someone commits the same with your women.
There are three signs of one who is born of adultery: 1. The person has a tendency to harm people. 2. The person has the desire for adultery. 3. The person carries ill will towards the Ahl-ul-Bayt.
T?he Prophet of Islam (S) has said, “On the Night of me’raj I noticed some women hanging from their breasts. I learnt from Jibrael that these were the women who gave birth to children through adultery and made them inherit their husbands’ possessions.” The Prophet (S) also said: If someone has committed adultery with a Christian, Zoroastrian, Jew or a Muslim, will not get even the smell of the Heaven. When a person has control over a na-mahram female?, and, out of fear of Allah, refrains from adultery with her, all his sins will be pardoned and will find a place for himself in the Heaven. When a woman agrees with a man for adulterous relations, she will be a party to the sin. In cases of forceful adultery, only the man is answerable.
Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (as) has said, “Sodomy is worst than adultery. It is because of this evil practice that the tribe of Lot has been destroyed by Allah.”
The Prophet of Allah (S) has said, “One who commits sodomy will rise unclean on the Day of Judgment. The waters of the earth cannot make him clean. Allah’s curse will be on such persons. They will suffer in the Hell.”
Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (as) says, “When a man approaches the back of another for sodomy, then the Firmament shakes and the sodomous? person will be incarcerated on the Bridge of the Hell till a time that he gives the account of his deeds. Then he will be consigned to the Hell forever. He will ultimately reach the lowest echelons of the Hell for maximum suffering.”
Amir’ul-Mu’mineen ‘Ali (as) has said, “Sodomy is copulation through the anal cavity. This activity is infidelity in the eyes of Allah.”
Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (as) has said, “The women who have committed Suhaq (monosexuality) will be brought forth on the Day of Reckoning in such a state that they will be draped in a fiery dress. On their heads there will be sheets of fire and a pillar of fire will be inserted inside them. They will ultimately be consigned to the Hell.”
Protecting One’s Eye
Amongst the parts of the human body, the part most exposed to sin and transgression is the eye. It is the eye that provokes the base instincts in a person to commit minor and major sins. Setting eye on a na-mahram is no doubt illegitimate, but even looking at things that have been termed illegitimate by the Shariah. The people who don’t guard their eyes, their prayers are not answered, however pious they might be. We shall deal with the matter of the acceptance of the prayers in three steps.
Someone asked Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (as), “O Imam! What is love?” The Imam (as) replied, “Those whose hearts are devoid of the thought of Allah, He puts the love of others in them.”
The Prophet of Islam (S) has said, “Save yourself from the company of the sons of the rich. They have more defects than the defects of the girls who remain in the veil.”
Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (as) said, “Sight is the most poisonous arrow of the Satan. A Person who refrains from setting evil eye around him out of fear of Allah, Allah will endow him with faith, sustenance and legitimate pleasures.”

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