Rajam is NOT the penalty for adultery in the Quran

According to jurists and clerics, the punishment of Rajam (death by stoning) is for married men and women committing adultery. For unmarried ones guilty of the same offence, the penalty is lashes or stripes.

In the Glorious Quran the punishment for adultery is 100 lashes as mentioned in Surah 'An-Nur' (24:2). In verse 4 of Surah 'An-Nur,' 80 lashes is ordered for slanderers who accuse honourable women without bringing 4 witnesses to testify. In verses 6 - 10 of the same Surah, the system of Li'an is explained, which is basically (as I understand it) a system on pure trust on human conscience. Hence, from verses 2 - 10 of Surah 'An-Nur' the matter regarding adultery is discussed in greatest detail compared to all other Surahs. There are also certain other chapters where the ill consequences of adultery in the Hereafter are mentioned, e.g. Surah 'Al-Furqan' (25:68-70). But nowhere does the Quran mention two different punishments for married and single people. Death by stoning is not mentioned anywhere in the Quran.

According to historical evidence rajam existed during the pre-Islamic era in various communities including Europe. It was later introduced in the Gospel because the Gospel was altered by humans hands.

Needless to mention, this law of rajam is derived direclty from the Hadith, an institution which is notorious for its unreliability and fabrication by the imams and ulemas.

A 'scholar' at Islamonline.net has struggled to explain the existence of rajam as follows:

"According to jurists, the verse commanding capitol punishment for married men and women was revealed in the Qur'aan. Later it was verbally abrogated but its ruling is still binding. One may ask, 'What is abrogation?' Abrogation means removal. It may involve the text or the ruling or both. There is great Divine wisdom behind every incident of abrogation, part of which is to assert that the Islamic legislation, unlike man-made ones, was not established at once; rather all its teachings and rulings were set gradually. In addition, while abrogating the words of a verse but not its ruling, this serves as a reminder that not all the Divine messages are to be through one channel, i.e. a direct revelation. Rather, a part of these messages is to be conveyed & clarified through the practice and tradition of the Prophet sent to deliver the message ........."

As any discerning reader will sense, the above explanation is full of holes and question marks.

How did the jurists conclude that Rajam was previously mentioned in the Quraan? How did they come to the conclusion that 'abrogation' can involve just the removal of the text and not the ruling? Not to mention, does their understanding of 'abrogation' correctly correspond with reality?

Most importantly, how can anyone have the authority to "verbally abrogate" any verse of the Quran? Allah has mentioned in the Quran that if He abrogates any verse, He replaces it with another as He deems right. It is NOT for us to make decisions regarding abrogation. Do check my reading of the term 'abrogation.'

Besides, to say that abrogation involves removal of text and not the ruling would mean that the law is abrogated in part, not in full. So it cannot be called 'abrogated' in the actual sense of the term. Yet the Quran contains not a single reference to it. Divine messages contained in the Quran were conveyed to the Prophet (SAAW) through revelations, and all such aspects have been clarified & explained in the Quran. But this claim of the jurists/scholars who say that the issue of Rajm came about, then was abrogated and then also retained partly .. and yet it has never been spoken of in the Quran provides enough grounds to reject Rajam downright!

Another point worth mentioning. In the Noble Quran the punishment for adultery / fornication is 100 lashes. Then, the Quran further states that an adulterer must marry only an adultress because an honorable woman is not lawful for such a person and vice-versa. May we ask our Hadithist brethren, if adulterers and adultresses are to be stoned to death, how are dead people supposed to get married?

Moreover the Quran also states as a law that in case of adultery, the punishment for the wives of the Prophet (SAAW) to be double that of other women, which means it must be 200 lashes. And in case of slave-women, it must be half that of free women, which would be 50 lashes. Thus, if the punishment for married women is death (according to Hadith), then in case of adultery, how can wives of the Prophet (SAAW) be given double punishment? Can death have a double punishment?

Rajam is a penalty that carries the death sentence. Thus, for its source, we cannot simply rely on hearsay and gossips like Hadith. We need concrete evidence from the Noble Quran. And the Quraan gives NO direct nor indirect instructions, nor any evidence for carrying out this penalty.

The Hadith has implemented its own law on stoning, which, without a doubt has been picked from the altered Old and New Testaments. In these altered scriptures, death penalty is like a cup of tea. The altered Bible announces death penalty even for disobeying parents.

Below are some appaling quotes from the altered scriptures, and the sources of Hadith. By reading the following, one will observe that not just the punishment for adultery, but some others have also been borrowed from here by the Hadith narrators / writers.

Punishment for adultery
Deuteronomy 22:23-24
22:23 If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;
22:24 Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.

Punishment for worshipping other gods
Deuteronomy 17:2-5
17:2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant,
17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;
17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:
17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

Punishment for cursing (or blasphemy)
Leviticus 24:16
24:16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.

For cursing the king
1 Kings 21:10
21:10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.

For preaching the wrong religion
Deuteronomy 13:5-10
13:5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
13:6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;
13:7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;
13:8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:
13:9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
13:10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

For disobeying parents
Deuteronomy 21:18-21
21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
21:19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
21:20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Contrary to this, the Glorious Quraan mentions stoning NOWHERE.

Confirmed fact .. stoning in Islam has been introduced by the Hadith which is largely plagiarised from the Bible. Sheikh Sultan M. As-Salameh explains, "After the passing away of the exalted Prophet Muhammad (Salallah Alayhi Wasallam), many Muslim 'scholars' were converts from Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Judaism. These scholars sought to seek common grounds between them. Hence, they incorporated their old beliefs from Christianity and Judaism into Islam to such an extent that the practiced ‘Islam’ of today is often a manifestation of the Bible. None of these Biblical teachings were known to the Prophet (pbuh) and they cannot be found in the Quraan at all but the scholars of Islam are unanimous in accepting these beliefs as part of Islam today."


  1. One example. The way to offer Namaz with all its minute details is also not mentioned in Quran e Hakeem. Why are we challengng the teachings of Islam that are found in both Quran and the teachings of our Prophet SAWW. Without one, i reallydont think we can make sense of anything in the complete code. Will appreciate remarks.

    1. The Quran is complete and perfected in the Noble Words of Allah SubhanaWa'tala Himself (V.5:3). So let's not even think of casting aspersions on that. The method of the Monotheistic Prayer (Namaz or salaat) is definitely mentioned in the Quran. For details visit the following link:

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      When hadisists talk about "method," that carries a very different idea. They refer to e.g. the NUMBER of times you wash your face & hands during wudu, in what position you wash, what supplication you utter while you wash etc. Then which supplication you utter before beginning your salat, with which foot you step on the prayer mat etc. These issues are subjective and needn't be universal, some are completely needless compared to the dictates of the Quran. But the basics of the Monotheistic prayer are clearly spelt out in the Quran just the way it was spelt out right from the time of Prophet Abraham and Ishmael (peace be on them) when they built the Kaa'ba. The Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) may have may have decided on issues such as the construction of a rakat, number of prostrations in each rakat, how many rakats to offer in each prayer throughout the day etc. But these are again subjective aspects. Different individuals can make changes e.g. if someone wants to offer 4 rakats instead of 3 for maghrib salaat, there's nothing wrong with it as long as the basic tenets of the Tawheed prayer are maintained as highlighted in the above link.

  2. We have Sahih hadiths that indicate that rajam is applied in the time of Propher Muhammad (PBUH).And we can't follow the Islam without Sunnah.
    So the above discussion is meaningless.

  3. In Quran the ayah is clear
    وَمَا آتَاكُمُ الرَّسُولُ فَخُذُوهُ وَمَا نَهَاكُمْ عَنْهُ فَانتَهُوا ۚ
    So accept whatever the Messenger gives you, and refrain from whatever he forbids you.

    1. khansa khan. Please make it a point to quote the Surah and Verse number. That Verse you've quoted does NOT refer to Hadith. For the sake of Allah, have some sense and do not misinterpret the Noble Quran. That is Verse 59:7 of Surah Al-Hashr where Allah refers to the spoils of war. It's in connection with the Muslim campaign against Banu Nadir who acted treacherously against the Prophet's (pbuh) army in al-Medinah and were ultimately defeated by the Muslims and sent into exile. Verse 59:7 refers to the distribution of spoils concerning properties of the defeated party about which Allah tells the believers to take whatever the Prophet (pbuh) gives and to abstain from whatever he forbids. The Prophet (pbuh) being the head of the first Muslim state of Medinah and also the commander-in-chief of the Muslim army, was responsible for the distribution of booty. But there were some people in al-Medinah who were greedy and demanded more than they deserved. Verse 59:7 is a reprimand for such ones. I am quoting the full Verse below for the reference of our readers. Kindly do not pick Verses out of context from the Noble Quran to mislead people. When you quote, quote the Verse entirely so that its exact meaning & concept becomes clear to the reader.

      "That which Allah giveth as spoil unto His messenger from the people of the townships, it is for Allah and His messenger and for the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, that it become not a commodity between the rich among you. And whatsoever the messenger giveth you, take it. And whatsoever he forbiddeth, abstain (from it). And keep your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is stern in reprisal." (59:7) Al-Hashr.

      Any more such scrappy comments that ignore the contents of the specific blog entry will not be published. So kindly do not waste our time and yours.

  4. @Khansa Khan. Your dampened argument is going backwards. Sunnah as referred connected with traditionalism is infested with man-made laws, 90% of which are thoroughly unwarranted in the Quran. Unless you refuse to accept that the Quran as the top source of Authority and the Sole Criterion (which God Almighty has Himself asserted about His Final Message), the Sunnah penned by the clerics is meaningless by a long shot.


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