Interpretation of Sura an-Nisa - Verse 15
Punishment to immoral women and men - Tolerance for repentance - Unlawful to treat women harshly - Kindness to women enjoined.
15. " And as for those of your women who are guitly of lewdness, call to witness four of you (Muslims) against them; then if they bear witness (to the fact) , confine them to the houses until death takes them away or Allah makes some way for them."
The punishment of filthy women who have husband and are polluted with lewdness is pointed out in the above verse, where it says: " And as for those of your women who are guitly of lewdness, call to witness four of you (Muslims) against them; ..."
"Then, the verse continues saying:"
"... then if they bear witness (to the fact) , confine them to the houses until death takes them away ..."
Thus, the punishment of lewdness for the women who have husband has been assigned 'life imprisonment' in this verse. But, immediately after that, it says:
"... or Allah makes some way for them."
From the above mentioned sense, it is understood that this ordinance had been a temporary ordinance, because later the holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) issued the divine ordinance of 'stoning', the explanation of which is found in Islamic literature and the books of jurisprudence where you may refer to it.
Adopted from the book : "The Light of the Holy Qur'an; Interpretation of Surah an-Nisa" by : "Sayyid Kamal Faghih Imani and a Group of Muslim Scholars"
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