With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Surah 24 (The Light)
Protection of women’s dignity
The Quran has a high regard for human dignity and women are the most vulnerable in this regard. Often we find that the dignity of women being brought into question, creating doubt as to their chastity. Allah SWT establishes a very onerous burden of proof on people launching such a charge.
Verse 5 “And those who launch a charge against chaste women, and produce not four witnesses (to support their allegations),- flog them with eighty stripes; and reject their evidence ever after: for such persons are wicked transgressors”
When one reflects on the verse it restrains people from making any accusations pertaining to the chastity of women without producing the necessary proof, that is, four witnesses. If such witnesses cannot be produced then the allegation should not even be made. If it is made, the consequences are drastic, namely that the accuser is flogged 80 times. In doing so the Quran skilfully preserves the reputation of the woman in particular and affords her special protection in this regard.
Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…