The booklet “How to Protect Yourself from the Fitnah of the Women” by Shaykh Majdi Ibn Atiyah Mahmood is being sold at a Toronto bookstore run by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada.
Here are excerpts from the book (translated by Taalib Ibn Tyson Al’Britaanee):
عقوبة ارتكاب الفاحشة
The (Prescribed) Punishment For The One Who Commits Zina (Fornication Or Adultery)
Allah the Extalted says in the Quraan [Chapter/ Surah a-Nur (24), Verses: 2-3]:
الزَّانِيَةُ وَالزَّانِي فَاجْلِدُوا كُلَّ وَاحِدٍ مِنْهُمَا مِائَةَ جَلْدَةٍ ۖ وَلَا تَأْخُذْكُمْ بِهِمَا رَأْفَةٌ فِي دِينِ اللَّهِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۖ وَلْيَشْهَدْ عَذَابَهُمَا طَائِفَةٌ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
الزَّانِي لَا يَنْكِحُ إِلَّا زَانِيَةً أَوْ مُشْرِكَةً وَالزَّانِيَةُ لَا يَنْكِحُهَا إِلَّا زَانٍ أَوْ مُشْرِكٌ ۚ وَحُرِّمَ ذَٰلِكَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
The women and men guilty of illegal sexual intercourse. Flog each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not pity withhold you In their case. In a punishment prescribed by Allah. If you believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of tho believers witness their punishment. [This punishment is for unmarried person guilty of the above crime but if married persons commit it, the punishment is to be stoned to death, according to Allah’s Law). The adulterer marries not but an adulteress or a Mushrikah [female polytheist] and the adulteress none marries her except an adulterer or a Mushrikah [and that means that the man who agrees to marry (have a sexual relation with) a Mushrikah (female polytheist, pagan or idolatress on prostitute, then surely he is either an adulterer, of a Mushrik (polytheist, pagan or idolater). And the woman who agrees to marry (have a sexual relation with) a Mushrik polytheist, pagan or idolater, or an adulterer, then she is either a prostitute or a Mushrikah (female polytheist, pagan or idolatress).]. Such a thing is forbidden to the believers (of Islamic Monotheism).
(Suratul [Chapter] Nur [Verses] 2-3)
So these Verses shows us Zina [fornication] is from the major sins and one of the worse crimes one could commit. The reason is because it deprives one from knowing his (or her) true linage and prevents one from obtaining their inheritance.
So for this reason Allah the Exalted and High lays down a severe prescribed punishment. That is stoning with stones till ones death, expulsion or exile from ones land for one year. This is done as a punishment because such a person could spread diseases amongst the people, and this is one of the things the religion prohibits greatly…
ِAn aged man who commits Zina (fornication)
Here in the Hadith [narration attributed to Mohammad] the aged man is singled out why! Because he is the least expected to commit Zina due to his age and maturity and no doubt the aged man’s sexual urge is lessened so he should be the one to not fall so easily into committing Zina.
It is also mentioned in a long Hadith of Samurah Bin Jundub where Angel Gabriel and Angel Mikaeel came to the Prophet (in the dream), the Prophet said:
فانطلقنا فأتينا على مثل التنور، أعلاه ضيق وأسفله واسع فيه لغط وأصوات، قال: فاطلعنا فيه فإذا فيه رجال ونساء عراة، فإذا هم يأتيهم لهب من أسفل منهم، فإذا أتاهم ذلك اللهب ضوضوا –أي صاحوا من شدة حره– فقلت: من هؤلاء يا جبريل؟ قال: هؤلاء الزناة والزواني –
Last night two persons came to me (in a dream) and woke me up and said to me. ‘Proceed and I set out with them. The Hadith – We proceeded and came across something like a Tannoor (a kind of baking oven, a pit, usually clay-lined for baking bread). (Samurah. Bin Jundub said) I think the Prophet said, In that oven there was much noise and voices. The Prophet added, We looked into it and found naked men and women, and behold, a flame of fire was reaching to them from underneath, and when it reached them, they cried loudly. I asked who are these? The Hadith – They replied: These naked men and women whom you saw in a construction resembling an oven, they are adulterers and adulteresses.
This Hadith shows us the extremely severe punishment for those who commit Zina, and the punishment is so severe that even their private parts are burnt by the raging fire from beneath them as a punishment for the deed they committed.
The wisdom why the fire will be coming from beneath them, is so burns their lower half of their bodies, due to it being the part of the part of the body that enjoyed committed the Zina.