The Crime of Fornication and relieving Oneself from its Evil Effects
by Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah)
Translated by Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;
Shiekh Bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, was asked: “What is binding upon one who falls into the crime of fornication to clear himself from the effects of that?”
He, may Allaah have mercy upon him, answered:
“Fornication is from the most disgusting of prohibitions and greatest sins. Allaah has threatened the polytheists, those who murder people without due right and the fornicators with a double torment on the Day of Ressurrection and remaining therein humiliated and debased due to the wickedness and severity of their crimes. As Allaah says:
“And those who invoke not any other diety along with Allah, nor kill such life as Allah has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse and whoever does this shall receive the punishment. The torment will be doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein in disgrace; Except those who repent and believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds…” [25:68-69]
So it is upon the one who falls into anything of that nature to repent to Allaah a sincere repentance and follow that with true faith and righteous actions. A repentance is considered sincere if the repenter ceases from commiting the sin, is remorseful for what took place and is determined not return to that (all) out of fear of Allaah, magnifying Him, hoping for His reward and dreading his punishment. Allaah the Most High says:
“And verily, I am indeed Forgiving to him who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me) and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them, (till his death).” [20:82]
Therefore it is obligatory upon every Muslim, male and female, to beware of this grave indecency and its pathways with the utmost caution and to rush to perform sincere repentance from what has preceded. And Allaah forgives and accepts the repentance of the true repenters.”
Arabic Source: http://ibnbaz.org.sa/mat/2200
Bismillaah, wal-hamdulilaah, was-salaatu was-salaamu ‘alaa rasoolillaah,
as Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh
Based on Sheikh Fawzaan's explanation of Hadith #24 in An-Nawawee's collection of 40 Hadith;On the authority of Abu Dharr (radiAllaahu anhu) from the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) from his Lord ('azza wa jall) that He said:
What is meant by this type of fitnah is the fitnah of the desires which leads to and encourages one to engage in and commit sins or disobedience to Allah.
This type of fitnah is very dangerous especially in our times because of the fact that this type of fitnah is more appealing and closer to those who have weak souls. Thus, the (weak) individual gives in the first time, then gets drawn in to this type of fitnah and establishes a strong foothold in committing sins. Thus, his iman (faith) weakens or even leaves.
Some examples of this type of fitnah are: the desire for wealth, immoralities, amusement, food and drink, clothes, and the desire to imitate the kuffar and sinners. For example, the lust for wealth leads to falling into numerous sins like the bloodshed which emanates between warring countries or between tribes, breaking into people’s homes and businesses or their cars, embezzling people’s money by unlawful means or prohibited means like fraud or selling things which are prohibited.
Lust for immoralities leads to committing unlawful acts like rape, fornication or adultery, homosexuality, masturbation, luring minors or weak minded individuals into committing inappropriate acts. It also leads to watching pornographic channels, videos, on the internet or magazines. It also leads to harassing or following women in shopping malls or with video enhanced networking devices like that are included in mobile phones and computer cameras. In addition to these vices, this type of fitnah leads to lethargy with regards to performing the obligatory actions in addition to leniency with regards to them and even leads to eventually leaving them completely, not performing them at all. An individual may be chaste, have fear of Allah, be religious and then open the door to this type of fitnah and as a result become corrupt and then be destroyed.
Source : Hasten to do good deeds; (there will be) fitnah like a portion of a dark night .. (Must Read) – by: Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Bin Muhammad Al Junaid
Al- Awzaa’ee said: “Once I heard Bilaal Ibn Sa’d saying,
‘Do not look at how small the sin is but instead look at how great is the One that you have disobeyed.’
Shirk (Polytheism) – The Ultimate Sin in Islaam
Abu Yusuf Khaleefah
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Source: “al-Jawaabul-Kaafee/adDaa wad-Dawaa”.
Transcribed from: The Appendix of “An Explanation of the Hadeeth: “Say, ‘I believe in Allah’, and then be upright and steadfast.” | Ibn Rajab
Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim, rahimahullaah, said:
It is quite amazing how it can be easy upon a person to be cautious and wary with regards to : eating from unlawful means, oppression, adultery and fornication, stealing, drinking intoxicants, looking at prohibited things and the likes, and yet quite difficult for him to be careful about the movement of his tongue.