Q&A: What does the quran say is the punishment for rape?

March 26, 2013 | By

Question by Sisyphus: What does the quran say is the punishment for rape?
And how is it to be proven according to quran?
Thanks Ego, but I'm looking for the verse(s) in quran that deal with this crime.

Best answer:

Answer by Me
That the VICTIM should get 6 months in jail and 200 lashes.

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Comments (10)

  1. jere_hodges

    For “Me”… it doesn’t matter how many thumbs-down you get when you know you’re right.

    The quran specifies that any woman who is raped must have brought it on herself and has shamed herself before Allah and her family, therefore she must be punished.

    For Pari – referring to the case mentioned by the other poster – you’re right – she was not punished for being raped. SHE WAS PUNISHED FOR PUTTING HERSELF AT RISK OF BEING RAPED.

    In America, we call that “a distinction without a difference”. I’m sure the words the judge used when he pronounced the 6 months in jail and 200 lashes were very comforting.

  2. pari79


  3. Pathan King

    I guess those who have clicked thumbsdown on the above person’s answer,

    they and their family members need some raping.


    I read the whole story that the above person has published, and that is not in islam. If saudi govt has done it, it was unjust and against islam. They should not have punished the girl if she was innocent in the case.

    The saudi king had pardoned that girl later..
    Read this..

    “The punishment for rape in Islam is the same as the punishment for zina (adultery or fornication), which is stoning if the perpetrator is married, and one hundred lashes and banishment for one year if he is not married.

    Moreover, Ibn `Abdul-Barr (may Allah bless his soul) said

    The scholars are unanimously agreed that the rapist is to be subjected to the hadd punishment if there is clear evidence against him that he deserves the hadd punishment, or if he admits to that. Otherwise, he is to be punished (that is, if there is no proof that the hadd punishment for zina may be carried out against him because he does not confess and there are not four witnesses, then the judge may punish him and stipulate a punishment that will deter him and others like him). There is no punishment for the woman if it is true that he forced her and overpowered her. (Al-Istidhkaar, 7/146). ”

    Details here!

  4. Amallay

    The rapist, once proven guilty, is to be punished with death.

  5. Ego Ijtep Gosfeat

    A rapist will be judged upon the same laws which applies to adulterers.

    a) an unmarried rapist will be subjected to 80 times of caning, after the judge is satisfied with evidence that he have committed the crime, with 4 JUST and CREDIBLE witnesses (more discussions on this part, but i will not elaborate more) testifying against him.

    b) a married rapist will be subjected to death by stoning after the judge is satisfied with evidence that he have committed the crime, with 4 JUST and CREDIBLE witnesses testifying against him.

    proving one guilty of rape and/or adultery is a tedious process done in order to ensure justice. One is not allowed to sentence without proper judgement, evidence and witness.

    Linguistically, hudud in Arabic means limits or preventions. Legally, they are limits, which prevent the crime from increasing in society, prevent the criminal from going back to similar crimes, and prevent those who think about the same crime from pursuing it. Hudud in this sense are not merely punishments, on the contrary, they are limits and preventive means placed within a larger framework of justice, related directly to the interests of people to serve the ultimate objectives of the Islamic law.

    Secondly, I think it is useful to know that the punishment system in Islam has concerns that Muslims need to be aware of. It concerns that are aimed toward the three dimensions of any crime: the criminal (the one who carried out the act), the society (where the crime took place) and the victim (the one who was subject to the criminal act). These objectives are:

    1. To criminals, punishment is kaffara (purification) and reforming for the re-acceptance into the society.
    2. To society, punishment is a preventive method to save the society from crimes.
    3. To victims, punishment is a mean of retribution.

    Also, this system is governed by a few key principles, which are:

    1. Every Muslim is accountable for his/her deeds and for every crime there is a punishment that is enforceable by the Muslim State. This principle makes Muslims believe that it is better for them to get punished in their life than to be punished in the hereafter.

    2. The punishment should be prevented as much as possible. A’isha narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said:

    ‘Ward off punishment as much as you can. If you find any way out for a Muslim then set him free. If the Imam makes a mistake in granting forgiveness, it is better for him than that he should commit a mistake in imposing punishment.’

    Thus any doubt about the evidence should prevent the punishment.

    3. Punishments were set down to protect and secure the ultimate five elements of people’s interests: al-dharuriyat (necessities). These are: deen (belief), an-Nafis (life), al-‘aqil (intellect), al-mal (wealth) and an-nasil (family and lineage).

    In addition, it is important to know that in Islam, punishments applied by the Muslim State should be the last resort in preventing crimes and saving the society. The Muslim State should insure the fulfillments of the citizens’ needs in every aspect of their life. Moreover, practicing al-amru bil ma’ruf wa an-nahiyu ‘an al-munkar (enjoining the good and forbidding the evil) in its proper way comes before the application of punishments.

    According to the majority of scholars, in its legal meaning zina is ‘the voluntary sexual intercourse outside of marriage when the male sexual organ is inserted inside the female one, regardless of the number of times.’

    The act of zina is committed voluntarily, thus rape is not zina and any sexual act under constraint is not zina as well. Also, there should be no doubt that the two partners are not married to one another; any doubt in this sense makes the act not zina.

    Finally, the sexual organ must be inserted inside the female vagina, thus any other intimate act, even if it is haraam (prohibited), does not qualify for any specific fixed physical punishment set out in Islamic law (i.e.hudud).There are about 10 conditions of zina you can refer to in books of fiqh (Islamic law).

    Islam considers zina a major sin, an indecent act, and an evil path. Therefore, protecting society from zina is an evident aim of Islam. Since zina is considered a great sin and a detestable social illness, Islam required doubtless proof for convicting an individual of zina and severe punishment for those convicted.

    There are three clear means of proving zina:

    1. The person accused of zina (zaani) makes a confession and does not go back on his confession. Once the person retracts his/her confession, they are not punishable because there is no proof of the act.
    2. Four reliable and pious men testify that they witnessed the act and actually saw the male sexual organ inserted into the vagina.
    3. A woman without a husband found to be pregnant.

    Scholars agreed on the first two methods of proving zina, but disputed the third one; some scholars rejected the third po

  6. sam

    *Islam (Submission) treats both men and women equally and a woman victim of rape cannot be blamed for the crime that happened to her. There is no where in the Quran any indication to blame the rape victim instead of blaming the rapist. When and if this happens, it does not represent Islam but represents cultural understanding and man made laws, not God’s commands in the Quran.
    [5:5] …….. You shall maintain CHASTITY, not committing adultery, nor taking secret lovers. Anyone who rejects faith, all his work will be in vain, and in the Hereafter he will be with the losers.

    [24:30] Tell the believing men that they shall subdue their eyes (and not stare at the women), and to maintain their CHASTITY. This is purer for them. GOD is fully Cognizant of everything they do.

    [24:31] And tell the believing women to subdue their eyes, and maintain their CHASTITY.

    About the believers; God teaches us;

    [23:5] And they maintain their CHASTITY.

    And in Sura (Chapter) 70, again

    [70:29] They keep their CHASTITY.

    [24:33] ……..You shall not force your girls to commit prostitution, seeking the materials of this world, if they wish to be chaste. If anyone forces them, then GOD, seeing that they are forced, is Forgiver, Merciful.

  7. Shah

    Rape is far far above and hideous crime to adultery.

    Adultery (Zina in the Quran): is illegal sex OUTSIDE the marriage bond and the term has been used “ONLY” for married people who are convicted. Unlike the common belief it is NOT used for unmarried people. The punishment in the Quran (24:2) is for MARRIED convicts and not for unmarried.

    Rape is FAR more SERIOUS crime than adultery. In adultery atleast both the convicts committed the sin, with mutual agreement. However rape amounts to serious oppression, violence and crime of a very serious nature.

    The Quran does NOT specify a SPECIFIC punishment for rape.

    HOWEVER, the QURAN does SUGGEST serious punishment to be inflicted by the society for such crimes. i.e. ref. 5:33

    The just retribution for those who fight GOD and His messenger, and commit horrendous crimes, is to be killed, or crucified, or to have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or to be banished from the land. This is to humiliate them in this life, then they suffer a far worse retribution in the Hereafter.

  8. Ruchjat K

    SalamThe Qur’an governs about zina which consists of adultery and fornication and also approaching zina .These are not allowed and they who do it will have sins and should be punished.
    Sexual intercourse in the Qur’an should be performed tenderly without force just only between husband and wife.So raping is sexual intercourse with force is not allowedThe raper should be punished by death penaly if he has married or be lashed 100 times and ousted at least 1 year if he is unmarried (single).The victim of a rape has no sin and she will not be punished if she is really raped.
    For this case should have at least 4 witnesses. Any one who accused any person to do zina and it is a lie should be punished by lashing too.

  9. illusionZlock

    I didn’t know how to answer your question. I know the issue of ‘rape’ is not mentioned in the Quran (since it’s forced by one person onto the other), unlike adultery (both willingly commit the sin), but then i did a little research and found an article that says it all beautifully!

    – – Skip down to the Punishment For Rape in Islam, (honestly i skipped through the article till i got to the point, and i think it’s a great explanation!)

    Also same site mentions that there is no such thing as rape between the husband/wife because the wife (according to Islam) cannot and SHOULD NOT refuse her husbands call. If she does and he sleeps angry then the angels will curse her until he is happy with her again. ( i can give the hadith, narration, if needed).

    “[However, Allah Almighty is crystal clear about commanding the Muslim men to sleep properly with their wives. Let us look at the following Noble Verse:

    “Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will; but do some good act for your souls beforehand; and fear God. And know that ye are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give (these) good tidings to those who believe. (The Noble Quran, 2:223)”]”

    Where it says ‘but do some good act for your souls beforehand’ it’s clearly referring to the importance of foreplay so that both of you are in the mood for it and you are no longer forcing yourself upon her (husband to wife).

    “[In this Noble Verse we clearly see that Allah Almighty allows for the husbands to sleep with their wives, but they MUST fear Allah when they do so. Forcing the wife into sex, or forcing her to do something that she does not desire while sleeping with her would not please Allah Almighty. He warns those men who are sexually mean to their wives that they will meet Him, and everything they do they will be held accountable for it; “Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it! And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it. (The Noble Quran, 99:7-8)”]”

    Also look at a previous answer i posted to a question if you want to know more about rights of wife/husband … ‘Rules in ISLAM about sex&kids?’

    By the way, the sentence of stoning to death seems harsh and it is. And obviously there’s a good reason for that. It’s done in public so people can witness it and realize how serious this crime is and therefor prevents further raping/adultery from happening, cause people will definitely think twice before doing it. Thus the society will become purer.

  10. Element

    The Punishment Is 100 Lashes If He is SINGLE


    Quran Says When A Man And A Woman Have Sex Without Marriage They Must Take 100 Lashes

    And Quran and The Prophet Say Who Is Forced to do Something Bad Allah Will Not Punish Him
    So The Raper Gets His 100 Lashes But Because She is Forced She GETS NOTHING
    ADD :If The Raper Is Married /Divorced/ widower

    He Must Be Thrown With Stones Till He Die