Friday, May 03, 2013

Stoning and the Qur'an

The Qatari scholar is right that stoning for adultery is not in the Qur'an:
The scholar said that the Quran, the holy book of Muslims, never prescribed stoning as punishment for adultery and that the punishment prescribed by the Shariah is 100 lashes to the adulterer and the adulteress in public.
The stoning issue was a matter of interpretations by Muslims.
Although stoning is fatal by design and lashing isn't, some will correctly point out that both are extreme in the event of adultery.  My point, however, would be that this "interpreting" lashing as stoning shows the fallacy of drawing direct lines from what is written in a religious text to what people actually do, as well as how over a thousand years ago when Islamic law was being set, the prescriptions of the Qur'an were at times understood to be situational.



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