28 July, 2021

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Saudi Hypocrisy & Sharia Law

By Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

A 45-year-old Sri Lankan mother of 4 children, still legally married to her Sri Lankan husband, has been charged for adultery and is to be stoned to death if the Saudi Supreme Court confirms her sentence. Her identity has been withheld honouring her plea to protect her family. Her alleged male lover, another Sri Lankan, will receive 100 lashes only, because he is not a married man. Adultery if proven beyond any reasonable doubt or by admission of guilt by the accused has no clemency in Sharia law and even the king of Saudi Arabia cannot pardon her.

Zina or adultery in Islam is classed as a Hudud crime (class of Islamic punishment that is fixed for certain crimes that are considered to be “claims of God”). To prove an act of Adultery (Zina), a Qadi (religious judge) in a Sharia court relies on an unmarried woman’s pregnancy, the confession in the name of Allah, or four witnesses to the actual act of penetration. In the case of punishment due to a confession, it can only be enforced if the person accused of Zina makes a confession and does not retract his/her confession. Once the person retracts his/her confession, they are not punishable because there is no proof of the act. As such, implementing this law is almost impossible under normal circumstances in Islamic Jurisprudence.

Islamic Sharia law, which conforms to any common law, is being bashed for this sentence. Different countries have their own laws, and anyone living in these countries need to abide by its laws. Singapore, who we try to emulate, has the death sentence for drug trafficking that is executed regularly. They also cane in public those found guilty of a number of other crimes. USA sends hundreds to the electric chair every year. No one calls Singapore or USA barbaric nations.

I do not intend to trespass on a legal system of a country or religion, whether it is considered primitive or otherwise. Sharia laws that I am aware of are suitable for all situations and nations, as it is a very fair and appropriate legal system, which should be implemented without prejudice whether the accused is a king or slave. The contradiction is that Saudi Arabia and many other Muslim leaders in the Arab world implement Sharia law selectively. Islam should not be bashed because of these miscreants.

There is no ambiguity, Islam has commanded the death sentence for adultery on the married, but a careful examination of this order will no doubt reveal that it is intended as a deterrent than a law to be implemented. Mufthi Menk, one of the most respected Muslim preachers and an eminent scholar on Islam, gives a very clear explanation on the implementation of this aspect of Sharia law.

Please watch;

Muslims as well as non-Muslims have started defending and bashing this sentence as deplorable in a democracy. The purpose of this article is not to defend or contradict their stand, but to argue whether Islamic obligations of this aspect of Sharia law were followed in sentencing our sister, a fellow Sri Lankan. Yes, she is reported to have admitted guilt, yet did this Sri Lankan female, who probably is not conversant or fluent in Arabic and the laws of Saudi Arabia, understand the meaning of what she was admitting to (or made to admit?), and the gravity of her alleged crime when she supposedly admitted to a relationship with one of her countrymen? Was she in a suitable mental state to be questioned? Was she provided adequate counsel by the law enforcement authorities as required under these circumstances? Did our diplomatic representatives intervene on her behalf? What was the role played by our Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and did our Government fulfill its obligations as she would have paid for any intervention when she took the mandatory insurance required by the FEB as a condition for her employment abroad?

Saudi Arabia implemented this aspect of Sharia law on Princess Misha’al bint Fahd, a young Saudi Arabian princess. She and her Saudi lover were publicly executed for adultery in 1997. She was a member of the House of Saud, and she was executed by gunfire at the age of 19. She was a granddaughter of Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz, who was an older brother of King Khalid of that era. She faced the firing squad because the Royal family did not want her to be stoned by commoners. An award-winning movie “Death of a Princess” produced by ATV in cooperation with WGBH in the United States brought this tragedy to screens across the world. Many countries banned this movie, including our own, fearing the wrath of the Saudi regime and its consequences.

In a comment to Dr. Ameer Ali’s article in the Colombo Telegraph, the Muslim civil society and religious leadership are accused of pandering to the petro dollars by not protesting about this sentence. I do not want to discuss Dr. Ameer Ali’s article. Instead, I would like to drive home the point that it is not the Muslims but our own Government that is pandering to the Saudi petro dollars. This is because our economy would not survive without the remittances from our slave labour trade.

One of the key aspects of Sharia law that Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations totally disregard is the need for a ‘Mahram’ (In Islamic sharia legal terminology, a mahram is an unmarriageable kin with whom sexual intercourse would be considered incestuous, a punishable taboo.) when a woman leaves her home or travels abroad. The key aspects of the Sharia law related to Mahram are explained in detail here. In short, a female needs to be accompanied by a person whom she cannot marry under any circumstance, ie, father, brother, son, etc.

They conveniently disregard this aspect when it comes to hiring maids to be their ‘work slaves’ from Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, etc. This is their biggest contradiction because they who control the holy cities of Makkah and Madina implement Mahram laws for those who perform Haj or Umrah – (A religious obligation of every Muslim who could afford it) but this is not implemented for their housemaids.

There are many stories of benevolence, love and tender care of numerous Arabs who have supported entire families to come out of poverty. Therefore painting all Arabs with the same brush is not justified. Yet, the tragic stories of considerable numbers who suffer under their masters are not acceptable under any circumstance.

We as a country are sending our own mothers, sisters and wives to be enslaved, and sometimes abused; the social consequences have been well documented. It is important that we phase out this slave trade by not sending our women as House-maids.

Instead, we must start training our young women and men to take on skilled or semi skilled jobs that are in great demand in Europe, the USA, Australia, South Korea, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, etc, where their rights would be protected. Our Government must ban sending our women as domestic aides abroad, particularly if their rights and welfare cannot be ensured. They should instead be facilitated to earn a living with dignity, self-respect, adequate remuneration and security. This is the need of the hour, and challenging the laws of other nations will get us nowhere. Meanwhile, it is the duty of our Government to do everything in its power to get this lady released, and ensure the safety of all our citizens working abroad.

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    Dear Hilmy

    Thank you for this well written article. It explains the Sharia law related to adultery comprehensively. As per your article, there is plenty of room for her to get clemency. Why has she not retracted her confession? Why is our government and embassy providing the necessary counselling. These are the people who are keeping our economy afloat and the government must do everything to protect her. What she did is her personal business.

    I will read Sharia law as soon as possible. As you explain, it look like a very humane law.

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      This is getting really boring.

      Anywhwer if a Muslim is killed, dead or diappeared, the Sri lankan Muslims like Hilmi Ahmed seem to start to ‘campaign’ for an ‘eye for an eye’.

      For Allah’s sake, learn to be more civic minded.

      Sharia or any other law, this woamn misbehaved and broke the law of the country where she was living at the time. She has to bear the consequences. Suddenly Sri Lankan Muslim extremists are blackguarding Saudi Kings, Sharia Law and the Quran for someone’s sins.

      All Muslims are not holy. We have our weaknesses. Learn to accept the consequences and respect other people. Otherwise we will be like herd animals.

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        Rizvi Hamid,

        I see no reason to respect corrupt, barbaric & primitive Wahabi kingdom of the House of Saud.

        However, you are welcome to worship Saudi bottoms, if your so wish.

        Do not forget to move to a Saudi desert either. Live like an illiterate Wahabi Bedouin noamd. Follow crap literally from a fairy tale, which started nearly 2000 years ago.

        Respect it and suffer the consequences, if you wish.

        Do not advocate your religious fundamentalist nutter rubbish to people here in the Big city. LMAO!

        Cheers!

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          This idiot who goes by the name Ben Hurling has clearly failed to understand what I am saying. His name should be made Ben Dover!

          I don’t defend the Saudis or the Sharia. What I am saying is that whether you like it or not, you have to suffer the consequences if you break the law.

          Got it?

          I am against Sri Lankan Muslims who are fast becoming to value Muslim lives at the expense of everyone else’s. At Aluthgama for exmple, two each of Muslims and Sinhalese were killed. But they started talking about a “massacre” of Muslims.

          I am ashamed to belong to the Sri Lankan Muslim community.

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            Rizvi Hamid,

            Oops! Did I touch a nerve?

            You sound somewhat agitated, disturbed & confused.

            Your familiarity with Ben Dover material means severe consequences for you according to religious doctrine, I would presume.

            A very vital part of you will have to be chopped off in full publicity. We all know what part that will be. Perhaps you have been through the prunishment already. Judging by your silly comments.

            Obey the law or suffer the consequences.

            Cheers!

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        Rizvi Hamid

        “Sharia or any other law, this woamn misbehaved and broke the law of the country where she was living at the time. “

        The law is a ass – a idiot – wrote Charles Dickens in his novel Oliver Twist.

        Therefore Saudis can keep the ass and let the woman go free.

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        Look, whether it is Islamic law or Jewish law any other law, it does not matter what, if it prescribes a stoning of a person to death, in the modern world we call it Barbaric. I belong to a muslim sect that would NOT condone stone of any body under any circumstances. Instead prey for the person, and teach him/her the way of the one and only compassionate God – إله رحي’illah rrahim

        It is amazing that our hide-bound Muslims cannot face the truth, and speak one wordall honesty. How many of them have secret affairs with wives of other people or their domatics, I don’t have to say. But luckily, in this country we don’t stone women to death in front of a bunch of sadists who have have not come to the modern millenium, and still live and think like normads living in the desert.

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      Hilmy Ahamed

      RE: Saudi Hypocrisy & Sharia Law

      “To prove an act of Adultery (Zina), a Qadi (religious judge) in a Sharia court relies on an unmarried woman’s pregnancy, the confession in the name of Allah, or four witnesses to the actual act of penetration. In the case of punishment due to a confession, it can only be enforced if the person accused of Zina makes a confession and does not retract his/her confession. Once the person retracts his/her confession, they are not punishable because there is no proof of the act. As such, implementing this law is almost impossible under normal circumstances in Islamic Jurisprudence.”

      Thank you. More Muslims with reason and brains are needed.There are too many Moootals, Modayas and Idiots among Muslims who cannot tell Shoinola from shinola shit and Allah from Iblis, Satan, Devil, Lucifer, Shaitan , Wahhabi and their clones.

      The Muslims need, the Age of reason, not the age of Wahhabi who follow Iblis, the Devil, Satan.

      Besides, Stoning to Death: A Violation of the Qur’an.

      “This is a chapter We have sent down and made obligatory. We have sent down clear revelations in it so that you may take heed: flog the male and the female adulterers and fornicators (الزانية والزاني) one hundred times. Do not let compassion for them keep you from carrying out Allah’s law if you believe in Allah and the Last Day – and ensure a group of believers witnesses the punishment.” (Qur’an 24:2)

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    Facts are stubborn! Nicely written article and hope sanity prevails at the top! But how practical is to stop sending our women to ME? How practical is to stop selling cigarettes, beef & alcohol? Those are demand driven and a great income generator for the government, so is the income from expats. It will take a long period to stop our girls dreaming of a ME job where they end up working not only for the household but some, forced to satisfy the arabs as well. For a change, why not our embassies hold their passports than the employer that gives at least a bit of a freedom?

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    Hilmi, you work with religious leaders and muslim organisations. Why is it that we dont explain the details of Shariah laws to the Sri Lankan public. You have explained these in simple language. Please get our Ulema to come forward and explain this in Sinhala and English. People must know Muslims are not from the Ape age

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      Yes. The floor is open. Let them explain.

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    How can four men see the actual act of making love unless they are part of an orgy. Only one can see even if they peep through a key hole. No one in their right mind would make love in the open. May be, men and women who walk naked in the west may consider, but in our part of the world, it is a top secret when you make love, and when you have a relationship outside marriage, no one is going to beat the drum. SO, these Saudi animals have probably cooked up this charge. She may have refused to sleep with her master

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      Susantha, you are one of the naive Sinhalese who live like a frog in the well. I have worked for these barbarians in different parts of the kingdom for 12 years and I know their mentality. They have beautiful wives and they would still want the expat men, especially Bangladesh. They prefer the back and they are brutal. So, for them an orgy is nothing. Their women are starved of sex and they play around with the drivers and male servants. If they are caught, they wont just cut the quarter, but the whole bunch. That is what they are, worse than animals

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        Ha ha ha, classic explanation ” Works for the Barbarians for 12 long years” I guess that Barbaric Muslim money is good for you and your family Muslim Hater.

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        ” it look like a very humane law. “. The most humane interpretation is by the most civilised of the Wahabbis, known to us as the ISIS.

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        Muslim hater, I am sure you too were played by the Saudi’s just like the bangladeshi’s and you must have really enjoyed when they expanded your horizon, otherwise you wouldn’t have stayed for twelve years. In that 12 years, how did your wife survive? Wish I was your neighbour.

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      Susantha

      Ask the husband of the nameless women what punishment should be meted out and if you are in the same box

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    Hilmy, bring this Mufthi Menk of yours and get him to explain this to the Sri Lankans through TV and Radio. It will clear a lot of misunderstandings. Yes, we need to proetct our mothers, sisters and wives. Please start a movement to stop exporting our women

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      clip the agents- make it illegal to send single women as india and pakistan
      punishment to agent if caught- waterboarding senor Bush style.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dhYSk79DSQ

    In Saudi Arabia, Male employer can rape or molest Female Servants most of whom are from Asian Countries.

    for videoing those sceans and uploading those to the You tube is a Crime, Wife goes to jail.

    What hilarious country

    QWuran approves raping Servant girls and Only the muslim wives can not sleep round.

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      Jimmy, please read the article again. It says very clearly that all are equal before the law. Even here, our politicans are above the law but Sharia law is very clear. Yes, Saudi arabia may not be practicing Islam as they shoudl There arabs are drunkards and womenizers when the step outside the country. They are no longer welcome in Europe and now they are choosing countires like ours – Sri Lanka

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    Hilmy please take care. You may become the first target of Wahabi ISIS. There are only a few moderate Muslims in Sri Lanka who would dare to challenge the Saudi wealth. I hope that our government will protect you

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      Yes, Hilmy might end up being the first ISIS target in Sri Lanka. The Saudi embassy [Edited out]

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      I guess I am seeing one here already in Rizvi Hamid lol.

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    Thank you CT for this article. I hope that our foreign ministry and our ambassador in Saudi Arabia will read this. There is ample grounds on which to bring this maid home. If the government fails, the blood is in their hands

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    this stupid Sharia law is made, adopted and executed by barbarians

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    Baludeen, your are showing your balu breeding. Hilmy has explained the sharia related to this issue beautifully. Why put your racist cap and hate Muslims. I think it would be really great to introduce Sharia law not just for Muslims but to the whole country. [Edited out]

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      upul,you are showcasing your barbarism by trying to white wash barbaric sharia law..you’re nothing but a inhuman representing the barbaric cult

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      As for Muslims foisted by Mohamed who is supposed to be a Prophet, himself guilty of copulating with a child of nine years and having a number of other women to satisfy his carnal desires, the Koran talking of Adultery? I can understand in societies where one woman and one man lives in wedlock, adultery being committed, but in Muslim societies where a man is free to have many wives, what bloody Adultery? I saw a Youtube video posted by a comment poster, where 50 women were stoned by Brutes who have no right to live in today’s society. Eliminating the males in such societies for those who want to rid this world of fanatics is easy as they converge on Fridays for prayer and a simultaneous attack on all Mosques would rid at least the male population by more than 80% to a manageable levels for sanity to prevail. The fact that more than 50 women were stoned to death proves that stringent laws for the last 1700 yers have not prevented man and women giving in to Biological needs.

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        What happened 14 centuries ago, should NOT be judged with modern laws. Religious laws of the time did not forbid such activity though they may be repugnant to us today.
        What is sad is the fact that ISIS and Wahabbis ( a Sunni sect) want to return Islam to it’s “pure” form as it existed then. The Al Sauds are tasked with this project, and they are the biggest of the ISIS financiers for this reason.

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        gamini

        ” but in Muslim societies where a man is free to have many wives, what bloody Adultery?”

        Even one wife is too many.

        Many wives means, Karma working as many shifts as the number of wives, catching up the man’s past and present.

        Don’t you agree man with many wives could attain Nibbana sooner than those who are in monogamous relation?

        Sorry it doesn’t mean you got to try it.

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    Thanks Hilmy & CT for a Wonderful Article,

    Being in Middle east for Years and still can see these sufferings for Srilankan’s due to lack of knowledge and previous failures of Embassies to maintain a strong representation. Still Lankan’s been looked as different in middle east where We are missing many opportunities due to the the way We have presented ourselves. I strongly support to avoid sending House Maid’s and also Labor’s as well. I have doubted any media are reporting of labour abuses in these countries these days? Unfortunately Most of Sri Lankan media not doing there job honestly and professionally.They suddenly take some issue’s and after sometimes its been forgotten or They just promoting hate among communities; Social Media even worse as any one can say anything. What I wanted to make clear is there is issues with our Sri Lankan Image specially in Middle east where we have to over come and promote ourselves by having a strong support from Embassies and there regulations.

    Fazleen

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    Thank you for this explanation.

    this 2.29 sec video is more than sufficient to make it crystal clear what Islam is !

    As I said in another comment, our men and women behave like hens and cocks in these countries. When it becomes too much of an issue some get caught. Imagine given the number of fornication happening in middle east by our people day in and day out if they start catching these people we will have 100’s of such cases every week.

    As explained this is deterrent. The people who live in Middle east know what is the state of our house maids. Ratu Ira.

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    Thanks Hilmy for clearing the air and the misconceptions created in the minds of even some Muslims who are not clear about this dictum of the Sharia Law.

    As explained by Mufthi Menk very clearly, it is only a deterrent and not practically possible to prove by the witnesses. It is only by confession and admission of the guilt by the person, that it becomes punishable.

    If you critically analyse all aspects of the Sharia Law, all will come to the same conclusion and nothing will be unreasonable or barbaric as painted by many.The sad part is, due to the intransigence and sometimes barbaric behaviour of some Muslims in the name of Islam, has created a dent in the religion which needs to be addressed by the vast majority of peaceful followers of Islam.

    The tragedy in the Middle East today is due to it’s people steering away from the true teachings of Islam and embracing the earthly pleasures. If I may recall a hadiths, it is supposed to have been said as follows.

    “If people who know us act in contravention to our teachings, we will assign on them, who do not know us”. Meaning, if Muslims do not act as per the teachings of Islam, Allah will punish them through Non Muslims. Are we not seeing this in the whole of Middle East. The only option for Muslims is to practice Islam in it’s true form or suffer in this world and hereafter too.

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    Sorry, after this debacle, my entire ‘faith’ in Islam has been shattered. I defended Muslims with Muslim bashers. I still think Syrian refugees and others facing such devastating circumstances need to be helped by the world community. BUT. if something as reprehensible as stoning to death exists in any system of law, I call that barbaric. Even if someone admits to adultery, do they deserve to be stoned to death? Despite all the bad press, I always believed Islam was a religion of peace. NO MORE. This is a law for barbarians and if any religion is part of that, then it makes it a barbaric religion.

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      RSW, You’ve missed the point. The explanation on adultery and punishment shows two things: 1) that a possible death sentence shows the seriousness of adultery, and hence acts as a deterrent. 2) that it is almost impossible to prove, since there should be 4 witnesses known for their honesty. This would make not only a death sentence near impossible, but also the 100 lashes.
      As for confessing, Islam has guidance on that too, where one is supposed to truly repent if one realizes one’s folly or transgression, and that is to be kept secret between God and the one who repents. So there’s no necessity to confess publicly except to repent with God, and the death sentence or lashes for adultery, if you’re married or unmarried, is then of no consequence.

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        Fathima,

        Let us be truthful. Do you seriously believe stringent laws as stoning to death can stop Adultery in Muslim societies? Other than this Sri Lankan woman, there had been over 50 other women that were stoned to death just a week ago in Saudi Arabia. This is only the number caught. The real number must be a thousand times more. So the hypocrite Muslims believe there is no Adultery committed amongst them as they all are good Muslims. My Foot! There is enough Adultery committed in any society be they Muslim or any other faith and will always be so in the future. Not Allah or any other imaginary God can stop it either. That is the reality. Publicity to such barbaric happenings in the Muslim world will certainly help other civilised people to repel the Muslims and their Religion Islam.

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    Mr Hilmi

    Your diatribe is fantastic: wow!

    But you left out the most crucial aspect: whether the Quran is a complete guidance for Mankind or not. Whether it is mandatory or not on Muslims to disregard anything that contradicts or does not accord with the Quran. Does the Quran prescribe that female adulterers should be stoned to death?

    We know that the Sharia is a hotchpotch of what is convenient and advantageous for the male Rulers. Sharia started growing 200 years after the death of Allah’s Messenger Prophet Mohammed. The Quran and the Prophet have prophetically warned against Islam being corrupted by the Ruling Elites. They have nevertheless succeeded.

    Stoning to death is a Judaic custom legitimized by the Torah. Just like the Gospel, the Torah too, needs to be incorporated in the Quran to acquire validity. They have not been so incorporated in respect of the punishment of stoning to death.

    The Quran does not prescribe stoning for adultery or fornication. The Quran only says that the ‘guilty’ should (equally) be given 100 lashes. Surat Al Noor, verse 2. In the case of the Sri Lankan woman who supposedly freely ‘confessed’ knowing what the punishment will be ….. is it necessary to labour the point? Mullafuckers from 1200 years back have no doubt screwed up and created a new version of Islam. Hilmy, do not be one of those.

    Hilmi be truthful. If you are talking about Saudi Law, say so clearly, and confine yourself to such. The House of Saud is well known for its barbarism. Do not ever say again that Islam prescribes stoning to death for adultery. Allah in his infinite mercy sent Islam to the world to remove the barbaric aspects of the Torah and Gospel.

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      Ahmed Reza

      Your filthy language speaks the gutter you have originated.

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        Are you born of one of them described in the penultimate paragraph of my comment? Those described there brought forth ISIS / ISIL, the agents of Iblis, the elder brother of Zion.

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      “Do not ever say again that Islam prescribes stoning to death for adultery”

      Mr Ahmad Riza, your knowledge on Islam is even poorer than mine. I can quote chapter and verse in Quaran if you want to know. More over there are situations where Prophet Mohamed(PBÙH) himself ordered this punishment.

      Most Muslim countries do not carry out stoning to death fearing backlash from non Muslim West.

      With Internet and Google at fingertips of everybody fooling people is not so easy.

      In respecct of Islam and Quaran Saudis certainly can be assumed to be more knowledgeable than anyone else.

      Soma

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        Soma, I know you are a Gnanasaarite anti-Muslim troll. You being a Saudi admirer is not surprising, because their actions serve you well. I avoid you. But in this case, I challenge you to quote the Quran sura/verse which prescribes stoning for adultery, or for that matter any other offence. There isn’t any.

        Regarding what the Prophet is supposed to have said or done, those that were advantageous to the Ruling Elite were written down 200 years after he died. Trolls like you were employed by the Ruling Elite, for their own benefit, to fabricate words and deeds for the Prophet. That is why a true Muslim is obliged to be guided only by the Quran.

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    Well, I invite all who follow Abrahamic faiths to learn the Dhamma. Why so?

    Its very simple. The biggest problem have already been solved there. The solution is also addressed at a much higher level too.

    How is this possible? We know for instance mind creates matter. What does this mean? It means everything we see is a creation of our own mind. Can it be proven?

    Yes, it can be proven quite readily. Observe here.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfPeprQ7oGc

    It shows matter (everything we see) only comes into being when observed. This means the mind is the creator – not the other way around!

    Learn more here. Buddhist work on the principle of “Ahi Passiko” i.e. come and see for yourself. If not happen then that is fine too.

    http://www.dhammawheel.com/

    cheers

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      Vibhushana,

      Adultery like Prostitution came in to existence only after Marriage and family unit was introduced to society. Before that sex was freely enjoyed by all. Even during the time of Buddha, adultery was rampant and was considered part and parcel of life. If you happen to read Prince Siddhartha’s life while he was married where he was entertained by semi nude dances every evening was not for nothing. It is vividly described how he stepped over half naked women sleeping around the Palace on his way out to become a priest. Similarly Prophet Mohamed in his forties how he copulated with a child of nine years who was handed over for safe custody, is nothing but satisfying their lust and is advicing others in society on Adultery.

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    Unlike in other faiths, in Islam we are not told to confess our sins to others, rather we should only confess them to Allah. The fact that Allah has concealed the sin for her should be sufficient for her not to feel any remorse over the bad action because Allah has hidden her past from the public and it is her duty to ensure that it remains a secret only between herself and Allah. Otherwise she would be publicising the sin and that is certainly not what Allah wants from her.

    Accordingly, she should not tell her husband about such a thing as that would entail exposing a sin which Allah has kept a secret and by doing so Allah may not forgive her. Therefore our advise to such a sister would be that she should repent (tawbah) for her past and continue to do good deeds and hate what she has done and have a firm intention that she would never ever do it again.

    May Allah help all our sisters and brothers out of the evil and fitna in this world and make us all die upon lahilaha illallah.

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      Maghribi,

      Now I understand why Adulterers, Crooks, Molesters, Smugglers, Murderers, Drug Peddlers in the world are mostly Muslims. Islam provides a safe haven for such. You only have to confide your crime in Allah and not to any other, not even to a Court of Law. No wonder you Muslims believe that one day all would become Muslims. No wonder you all help Allah.

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      Maghribi,

      Sorry to touch your sensitivities.

      But, buddy what a load of crap! What a fairy tale!

      Do you have any proof what so ever, any of this is true? Please furnish, if so. Of course, you do not. Rather you will elect to kill me for challenging your blind faith.

      Wow man! Just wow! I give you a standing ovation.

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        Ben Hurling

        Death penalty is cruel, inhumane, irrational, ineffective as deterrent, miscarriage of justice cannot be rectified, ……….

        There is no rationality for death penalty.

        In this case men deciding what is right and wrong for the society while being hypocrite themselves(they are not yet caught in the act) is completely wrong.

        Can we now put a full stop to this insane discussion on the judgment and its barbaric execution.

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    The Muslim COuncil of Sri Lanka, in a letter to the King of Saudi Arabia, published in CT, claim they respect the Laws of Saudi Arabia.

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      Rajesh, are you not a law abiding citizen? Everyone is expected to respect the laws of a country. Whether you accept it or not, it is mandatory to respect the law, especially if you want to live and enjoy the fruits of a country. If someone comes and pisses on lord Buddha’s statue, what would the law enforcement authorities do? Remember the protests about the Buddha Bar in California. Americans will ask the question “what is it in a name”. So, every country will paly by their own rules and law

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    What steps can we take to save our sister from being stoned to death in Saudi Arabia ? Is there anything at all that can be done ?

    Articles such as the one above, as informative as it may be , only serve to distract readers from addressing this key question. Even the title (Saudi Hypocrisy and Sharia Law) can have an extremely adverse impact on any quiet diplomacy that may be in progress. Islam considers ‘hypocrisy’ to be a more deadly sin than ‘disbelief’ and the punishment for it is more severe (Quran 4:145). For a person who perceives himself as a ‘good’ muslim to be called a hypocrite (munafiq) is an insult which is far greater than being called a disbeliever (kufr) – especially when such accusations are directed by fellow-muslims. I am sure all the Saudis perceive themselves as being good muslims. How would they feel being labelled as ‘hypocrites’ ? Will it make them more receptive to Sri Lanka’s appeal for clemency ?

    All discussions and debates regarding the brand of Islam being practiced in Saudi Arabia must be conducted in other forums and at other times. We Sri Lankans should not mix up the issues. Of the 49 muslim-majority countries in this world, only 6 have retained ‘stoning’ (rajm) in there legal systems. We should in the first instance encourage these 43 countries to convince the remaining 6 to replace ‘stoning’ with some other form of deterrent to committing adultery.

    Castigating and hurling insults at the Saudis will not help us to save our sister. Quiet behind-the-scenes diplomacy based on advice from persons who are conversant with the Shariah Laws as implemented in Saudi Arabia should be our strategy at this point in time.

    By the way, Mufti Menk addressed a seminar at the BMICH as recently as the 01st of December 2015. The Muslims should have requested him to speak on the subject of stoning to the general public

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      Very good advice. Hilmy take note, before you shoot your gaping mouth (pinja vaay) the next time.

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      Dear Ekelbroom, the article does not say the Arabs are hypocrites and does not pass ‘judgement’ on the judgment. But it does draw attention to the practice of the law on Mahrams when ladies without a Mahram are prevented from entering the country to perform their religious duties, while they allow females to enter the country as house-maids.

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        Fatima Badaudin hijacked our education and gave you folk the max benifit No?
        where are you?

        There is evidently a distinction between busy words and idle words, words that do duty in our workday life and words that exist only in the philosophers’ seminars, and also a distinction between the definitions of Socrates and Francis Bacon, and the definitions of our modern professors, Shakespeare, who had the most intimate feeling of life, certainly got along without trying to define anything, or rather because he did not try to define anything, and for that reason, his words had a “body” which other writers lacked, and his language was infused with that sense of human tragedy and grandeur that is often missing today.

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      Thanks for pointing that out. That is what I have been saying on this matter from the beginning.

      People like Hilmy also should stop. We can have an enlightened discussion about Islam, Sharia law etc. after this is over. This is not the time or the forum for that.

      Fools rush in where angeld fear to tread.

      The NGO’s have their own agenda and sympathy for the victim is the last things in their minds.

      PLEASE, PLEASE GUYS. LET US STOP INSULTING THE COUNTRY AND THE SYSTEM. IT IS ONLY GOING TO BOOMERANG ON THE VICTIM.

      For some of you it may not matter because you like to see your ideas being published here.

      Can we please slow down a bit.

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    RSW, You’ve missed the point. The explanation on adultery and punishment shows two things: 1) that a possible death sentence shows the seriousness of adultery, and hence acts as a deterrent. 2) that it is almost impossible to prove, since there should be 4 witnesses known for their honesty. This would make not only a death sentence near impossible, but also the 100 lashes. As for confessing, Islam has guidance on that too, where one is supposed to truly repent if one realizes one’s folly or transgression, and that is to be kept secret between God and the one who repents. So there’s no necessity to confess publicly except to repent with God, and the death sentence or lashes for adultery, if you’re married or unmarried, is then of no consequence.

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      Fathima,

      You belong in the prehistoric period! Sharia law, a pure form or not, is a religious set of laws that were defined centuries ago! The author of the article has compared it to any common law; this may be true as all old common practices had religious basis. However, in the western societies, the common laws have been superseded by the statute law purely because of passage of time and quest of justice. Hence, the Sharia laws and democratic governance are mutually exclusive! No matter how much the likes of you talk up the Sharia laws, they are primitive and incompatible with the modern world.

      The author also compared the Sharia law to the US executions and punishments matted out in Singapore. He is again wrong! I loath the capital punishment and the US should be ashamed of such practices. However, neither the US nor Singapore base their laws on religious ground and a future administration can revoke such practices and whereas the Sharia Laws cannot be amended or revoked if applied! I am an atheist and I do not want to be subjected to such prehistoric laws. This is why I avoid even visiting such counties!

      Fathima, you need to grow up. What is wrong with adultery? Two consenting adults engage in a natural activity, what is wrong? This is 21st century and Islam need to modernise and come inline with the rest of the world.

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        Burning issues,

        “What is wrong with adultery? Two consenting adults engage in a natural activity, what is wrong? “

        would you like to see your mother or wife in bed with me. You probably are a pervert who cannot perform and enjoy looking at others in the act.

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          watery issue

          “would you like to see your mother or wife in bed with me.”

          They may not be that stupid to share a bed with a HIV positive and a hypocrite.

          If your mother and wife chose to sleep with other men/women that is out of their own personal choices.

          Come to think of it when did your wife stop sharing a bed with you?

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      Be a natural human being who have evolved from centuries or thousand years of civilisation to be someone like today. If you are living in beliefs rather than living at present you are lost in your own views.

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    Every religion on the earth (teach that the world is created by a god )
    has 50% of hypocrisy.So is the Islam……
    I wonder being in sri Lanka where most people are connected globally through smart phones,having the opportunities to get latest medical treatments,having so many resources to gather knowledge why these people cannot think intellectually.To them, this very inhuman, primitive low of sharia which is far good for a tribe living in Amazon woods is still divine and they are ready to accept it without questioning –

    Why we want religion ? where we need religion ?. In contemporary world we need it only in our death and our birth and few important occasions.what we have gained from a religion ?honestly we should teach our children the good deeds that describes in a religion.Helping others not harming other beings not stealing the stuff of others ,respecting the aged.But in our whole life, we boast about our religion and accuse others .
    Just see how when we travel even in Sri lankan streets we can find while the Muslim men wearing T shirts,denims deck shoes and all that , their poor wives are concealed in a black dress and the walk like “gony billas” How sad is this how insane is this – Is this not an insult to the whole man kind ????? be honest so called hard core Saudi Arabia sheltered Muslims – answer ……….

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    This question needs to be addressed from the point of view of the law of the country the ‘crime’ was committed. There is no escaping that. Debating on whether the law is humane etcetc is of no earthly use to the poor woman whatsoever.
    Like Mr.Ahamed says, there is capital punishment in other countries & no one questions them or addresses them as inhumane.
    However for those interested in sharia law – the hudud for adultery as stated in the Quran is 100 lashes only – NOT STONING. And the Quran also makes the concession by stating that the punishment for slaves is half that of a free-woman/man. So in this case – 50 lashes.
    The stoning of an adulterer is found in Hadith literature ONLY but it has not been established whether the incidents of stoning referred to in the Hadith occurred before or after the revelation of the verses on adultery in the Quran. In fact one of the narrator of the Hadith himself says that he is unsure of the chronology.
    Now if stoning to death is still insisted upon & since this poor woman is considered a slave under the Saudi Kafala system that she was undoubtedly bonded within – should she be half-stoned to death as per the Quranic injunction for slaves is something to think about.

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    Whether Sharia law is right or wrong, the basic problem is that according to the Koran, Islam is a cruel and savage faith. Read the Koran (it is a short book unlike the Bible) to find out.
    http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/index.htm

    According to the Bible, Christianity too is a cruel and savage faith but Christians have abandoned most of the Old Testament and only follow the New Testament which is full of forgiveness and kindness.
    http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/index.htm

    So we have a situation where all sorts of cruelty can be justified by reference to the Koran. All the whitewashing by Muslim experts cannot erase these facts because they are there to be read in their holy book.

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    Very interesting and informative. Thanks Mr. Ahmed.

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      Leave the rest to the gods.- foolish buddha;)

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    Well written article. He failed to mention about the beheading of underage house maid Razeena from Muthur for the sins committed by the agency. The Saudi law failed miserably in her case. The owner of the house where Razeena was employed refused to accept blood money. What did they achieve by killing an innocent girl Saudi’s will one day pay for the Karma.
    Each religion has its own law. But Human rights are more important. Saudi never considered the implications of stoning and killing the married woman who has a husband and four children. She is not a Muslim. As pointed by the writer the simplest solution is to bring ban in sending women as house maids to Saudi. All south Asian countries should bring this ban

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      [Edited out] Kulendran, For your information, this women whom committed adultery is a married MUSLIM women, so stop trying to induce religious hate

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    thanks for your great article. this is a result of our animal political leadership over haft a century their corrupted and cheated animal act and looting public property.now we have slaves in Sudan going from our country. people must ready strong to death our animal political leaders who is responsible for this situation.

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    best is for her to deny that she had intercourse and was treating him in a friendly manner because he was a fellow srilanka.How are they going to prove, as they don’t have four witnesses who saw the penetration.

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    Hilmy
    The article is well-balanced.
    My solution is very simple. Since there are so many multi-millionaires in SL, the govt should institute a minimum wage on house maids in line with what they are getting abroad (Rs 30,000 a month?). They could probably come under the Wages Board. A sustained media campaign should be mounted to inform the potential employers and employees of this development. Initially, all potential Saudi-bound maids should be found local employment. Subsequently, those going to other middle eastern countries could be harnessed – depending on potential employers here, of course! In this way, we avoid all these cross-cultural problems and these women are closer to their homes and able to communicate easily with their families, with no reduction in their income, while being treated decently (hopefully!!).

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    The man in the video stresses that ‘stoning to death’ is a ‘deterrent’.
    But, he does not explain why the ‘deterrent’ is different for females and males.
    Why should females be stoned to death, while the man involved gets away with lashes only.
    The female is the weaker sex – physically and mostly mentally too – and cannot prevail in a ‘rape/extra marital situation’ against a male.

    It is clear that women are treated worse than dogs and cattle, but not males, in Saudi Arabia.

    This discrimination is also shown by Boko Haram, ISIS and Taliban all of which say that they adhere to the purest form of Islam.

    Why cant a lesser number of ‘lashes’ be given to the female involved in
    extra marital sex?

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      Dear Friend, you dont seem to understand. The women is a married women and the man is a bachelor. The punishment for her infidelity is greater

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        Mohammed,

        Get a life mister and grow up!

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      Dear Justice.

      The Sharia does not discriminate against women or men. The sentence is severe on the women in this case is because she is a married women and the social consequence is worse. If the man was married and the women sinbgle, the sentence would have been reversed. Sharia is clear on this

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        Fazeel Hussain

        “Sharia is clear on this”

        Whether Sharia is clear on equality punishment is not the issue.

        The questions one should find answers to are:

        Why should state interfere in personal affairs of two consenting adults, especially where adultery involves private parts of two individuals? It should remain private.

        Even if adultery is judged and punished according to medieval mindset, do the couple deserve capital punishment involving public stoning?

        Are you justifying the case for and the mode of punishment?

        Think before you type your response.

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        Fazeel Hussain.
        If you are happy with the stoning, you must be positively ecstatic with the beheadings. You must have had a dance when another Sri Lankan maid returned with several long nails inserted in her arm as a punishment. How did you rejoice when Rizana Nafeek was beheaded? She was just 17 when the alleged infanticide was committed and even the ubiquitous Sharia Laws prohibit beheading of a teenager. Then, being a child herself she was left in charge of a 4-month-old child that a Swedish Medical Examiner had testified had probably choked because of a congenital disease and Rizana shook the child not knowing what else to do. The courts concluded it was the shaking that killed the child and the fit punishment for that was beheading. I hope you sleep well at nights.

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        Fazeel Hussain

        Read what Quran Says.

        Stoning to Death: A Violation of the Qur’an

        Are thew Saudi Wahhabi Following the Quran or the Devil, Iblis, Satan?

        http://www.quranicpath.com/misconceptions/adultery_punishment.html

        “Among them is a group who distort the Book with their tongues so that you think it is from the Book when it is not from the Book. They say, ‘it is from Allah’, but it is not from Allah. They tell a lie against Allah and they know it.” (Qur’an 3:78)

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    Hilmy.

    In the first instance,Thank you for the clear exposition of the Sharia Law,and so well presented too.
    However,stoning to death for what is essentially a Biological need even if it be Adultery is the issue that is causing so much revulsion.But in the Sadi that is their Law and they have their own justification.
    Anyway,if the King of Saudi Arabia cannot pardon her,will anything come out of the appeals on her behalf?

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      Plato, I wanted to highlight the fact that Sharia provides enough escape for her even if she has confessed. So the king need not pardon her. If she retracts her confession, even the king cannot use sharia to execute her. She is probably not aware of this in Sharia law. I also wanted to reiterate that this aspect of Sharia is meant as a deterrent and that is why it has been made so difficult to implement. So, our embassy need to intervene and advice. We must get our embassy to support her.

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        Hilmy Ahamed, When anyone tries to translate from one language to another the essence is lost. therefore we very often use phrases from french, german etc to give that essence to english which does not have much grammer.

        Listen to this welsh intellect who knows arabic – Archbishop of Canterbury’s
        Christian church of England.

        ‘Sharia law’ – What did the Archbishop actually say?
        Friday 8th February 2008

        There has been a strong reaction in the media and elsewhere to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s remarks of yesterday on civil and religious law.

        The full text of the Archbishop’s lecture at the Royal Courts of Justice ‘Civil and Religious Law in England: a religious perspective’, can be viewed here: Archbishop’s Lecture – Civil and Religious Law in England: a Religious Perspective

        The transcript of his interview on yesterday’s World at One programme can also be viewed here: BBC Interview – Radio 4 World at One.

        – See more at: http://rowanwilliams.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/1135/sharia-law-what-did-the-archbishop-actually-say#sthash.Isr4x7U4.dpuf

        He has retired so its easy for you to get in touch with him.

        He says some aspects of Sharia exist in English law but you say most!!!

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