( = Hukum Rajam Dalam Islam)
There is no such a thing in Islam.
Sorry to disappoint y’all. Whoever says that in the sharia it is ruled that adulterer should be stone to death is telling a big fat horse shit (pardon my latin).
Today I came across the synopsis of The Stoning of Soraya M, such a sad thing to read. The gloominess that engulfed my mind made me think, “Why don’t I remember anything about stoning when I read the Qur’an that so many times?”
So I put my laptop down and started looking for the Quran. Quickly I flicked my fingers between the Index Pages looking for ‘stoning’ or ‘rajam’.
Then I put down the one Quran and went on to the next one, hoping that the other Quran would have a better Index list. But stil, nil, nada, zip, mum, zero, nol besar.
I didn’t have time to read the Quran from cover to cover, so I decided to consult master Google instead. Still, my search for stoning in Quran came back with nothing.
So that’s it…!! If it is not in the Quran, then it is not part of Sharia.
The Quran does mention some forms of punishment for adulterer, but never by stoning.
But another question arises: “Where did this whole death-by-stoning-for-adulterer in Islam come from?”
After another further research, I found out that the ‘law and custom’ of stoning adulterer to death was long embedded in the Arabic culture by the time the Islamic teaching arrived (Islam arrived around year 600). Such stoning custom had/has been there as early as the time of Abraham –about 2500 years before Islam.
The Muslims in those days, were stuck in their old custom ways… went on stoning people for committing adultery. Many hundred years down the stream, this death by stoning rite is made identical with the Sharia laws. But it is not!
There is no evidence that death by stoning is part of the Sharia. If anyone of you disagrees please quote something from the Qur’an that states otherwise.
I am thinking about writing a letter to the Iranian President, Ahmadinejad, regarding the matter. He can have stoning as his law but must not declare it as Sharia law. Better still, he can’t have stoning as any law.
Do you think it is safe for me to do so? Or will he just send a nuke down to Ghana as a reply to my letter?
Dian Retno Wulandari.
PS: Forms of punishment for adulterer mentioned in the Qur’an include: 50 lashes, 100 lashes, or 200 lashes (if the offender is a wife of a prophet than she gets 200 lashes –Ouch…!). Other forms of punishment is exile, or nothing at all –if it was forced upon them or if the offender did so out of ignorance or if they repent straight afterward.
PPS: To justify the application of any kind of punishment, 4 witnesses must testify against the offender and made an oath before a Judge that they indeed witnessed the lewd act performed.