Before we delve into this topic let us first understand the meaning of zina. The Islamic Law defines zina as illegitimate sexual intercourse between two people who are not married to each other. This implies that the term zina includes extra-marital sex as well as pre-marital sex.
In Islam, sex out of wedlock or fornication is haram. Sexual intercourse in a marriage is a sacred act which leads to reproduction. It is by no means a fun-filled, leisure activity. Therefore, casual sex is out of question in Islam.
Islam understands that sexual urges may arise during the stage of puberty, so marriage is permitted at the earliest.
If a person is in dire need of money then the legitimate way for him to obtain it is by working for it. Fulfilling one’s monetary needs by robbing is haram. Likewise, the legitimate way to satisfy one’s sexual desires is via marriage. Having sex out of wedlock, to satisfy one’s sexual urges, is haram. It can tear apart the moral fabric of the society and lead to ethical decadence. It also affects the institution of marriage. Live-in relationships are a glaring example.
The harms of zina are manifold, as such. Hence, it has been strictly condemned by Islam. The person who indulges in zina earns the wrath of Allah (swt) and gets deprived of His Mercy and Blessings. Such a person not only spoils his aakhrah but also spreads evil in the society. Birth of illegitimate off springs and spread of sexually transmitted diseases are some of the outrageous consequences of this illicit practice. Islam encourages stable family life and strong marital bonds whereas extra-marital sex is a sheer betrayal of trust.
Islam has laid down the code of conduct for its followers in the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw). Whosoever deviates from the Islamic code of conduct, is likely to get punished.
In my next post, I shall discuss about the Islamic Law on zina.
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