Punishment for committing adultery

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Q: I have a question that a friend of mine has committed adultery and he is unmarried. He asks for forgiveness. As there are no Islamic rules being implemented in our country. What punishment is required as an atonement for his sin?


A: Adultery is an extremely sinful and despicable act in Islam. People committing adultery and fornication are under the curse of Allah Ta’ala. At the time they are involved in the sin, they are deprived of faith. Even their faith cannot resist the stench and filth that comes out from them. In the hereafter, not only will they roast in the fire, but they will be made to eat the pus and filth of the jahannamis. He should sincerely repent to Allah Ta’ala for this shameful sin and make a firm resolve that he will never return to this sin in the future. Similarly, he should refrain from all those areas that can lead him to sinning in the future.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه إن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” لا يزني الزاني حين يزني وهو مؤمن ولا يشرب الخمر حين يشربها وهو مؤمن ولا يسرق السارق حين يسرق وهو مؤمن ولا ينتهب نهبة ذات شرف يرفع الناس إليه أبصارهم فيها حين ينتهبها وهو مؤمن ولا يغل أحدكم حين يغل وهو مؤمن فإياكم إياكم ” (مشكاة # 53)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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