Sincere Repentance

Imran bin Al-Husain (radi Allahu anhu) reported: A woman from the tribe Juhainah came to the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) while she was pregnant from adultery and said to him: “O Messenger of Allah! I have committed an offense liable to the Hadd (prescribed punishment), so exact the execution of the sentence.” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) called her guardian and said to him, “Treat her kindly. Bring her to me after the delivery of the child.” That man complied with the orders. At last the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) commanded to carry out the sentence. Her clothes were secured around her and she was stoned to death. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi) led her funeral prayers. “Umar said, “O Messenger of Allah! She committed adultery and you have performed funeral prayer for her?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied, “Verily, she made repentance which would suffice for seventy of the people of Al-Madinah if it is divided among them. Can there be any higher degree of  repentance than that she sacrificed her life voluntarily to win the Pleasure of Allah, the Exalted?”

[Sahih Muslim]

Commentary:

This Hadith highlights the following five points:

1.      It confirms the validity of the punishment of Rajm (stoning) for the adulterer, that is to say that he or she should be stoned to death.

2.      The merit of sincere pardon.

3.      The description of the fear of Allah as well as of accountability on the Day of Resurrection by the Prophet’s Companions, and their preference for punishment of sins in this world rather than in the Hereafter.

4.      It is permissible to perform the funeral prayer of one who has been guilty of major sins, provided he has not been taking them as lawful because in that case there is danger of disbelief.

5.      A pregnant woman cannot be punished with Rajm until she gives birth to the child and the period specified for suckling the baby is completed.

And Allah Knows Best!

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