Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran: ‘And those who accuse chaste women and produce not four witnesses flog them with eighty stripes and reject their testimony forever. They indeed are the liars and disobedient to Allah. (TMQ-24:4)
This verse lays down the Islamic law of defamation and it mentions three commands about those people who falsely accuse a chaste women or a chaste man of adultery, without producing four eye witnesses to the sin. The first command is to whip them with eighty lashes. The second is to reject their testimony forever. Thirdly they will be considered as liars in the Eyes of Allah (swt) and the mankind.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran: Except those who repent afterwards and do righteous deeds (for such) verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving and most Merciful’. (TMQ-24:5)
This verse means that if a person, who had accused a pious man or women, feels guilty and is apologetic even then he or she will have to face the punishment of eighty lashes. However, Allah (swt) shall pardon him and his other two punishments will be waived. Hence, such a person’s testimony will be accepted in future and he will no longer be considered to be a sinner.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran: Verily those who accuse chaste women, who never even think of anything touching their chastity and are good believers, are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter, for them will be a great torment’. (TMQ-24:23)
This verse pertains to Hazrat Ayesha (ra) and the other wives of Prophet Mohammad (saw). If the accuser is a Muslim then he will be liable to hatred from the other Muslims. In case he is a non-believer then he will be deprived of Allah (swt)’s Mercy in this life and Hereafter.
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