Quran Chptr 4-16 (Pt-4 Stg-1) (L–521)-درس قرآن
Punishment for men guilty of lewdness
Surah ‘An-Nisaaa’ (Women -4),
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
16. And as for the two of you who are guilty thereof, punish them both. But if they repent and improve, then let them be. Lo! Allah is Ever-Relenting, Merciful.
16. Wallazaani ya’-tiyaanihaa minkum fa- ‘aazuuhumaa. Fa-‘in-taabaa wa ‘aslahaa fa- ‘a’- ri-zuu ‘anhumaa. ‘InnAllaaha kaana Taw-waabar-Rahiimaa.
‘Allazaani – (the two men of you), in the earlier verse there was commandment regarding punishment for the women who are guilty of lewdness and sinfulness. In this verse, the punishment of guilty men of sodomy has been described. The word ’Allazaani signifies towards the male. The commentators of Holy Qur’an took its meaning as those two men who are culprits of homosexuality or those men who commit lewdness with any woman unlawfully.
‘Aazuuhumaa - (punish both of them), the words ‘aziy-yat, ‘iizaa etc. are from the same origin which mean oppression, annoyance, hurting and pain, etc. In the meanings of this word, every type of trouble, difficulty and suffering are included. It was proclaimed that you should punish the lewd women by confining them in their houses. The punishment for the guilty men has been described in the second verse as to torture them, and responsibility of its fixation has been given to the person, in whose hands is Power of Divine Law of the Religion (the Muslim Ruler).
Allah Almighty has prescribed the punishment of fornication as one hundred whips as per Surah Nuur in Holy Qur’an and commanded that neither this punishment should be lessened, nor softened, but it should be given publicly before entire people. Apparently, these physical punishments by Islam seem very severe and tough but in fact, nature of crimes demands these types of punishments. Secondly, these punishments prevent the crimes resultantly, whereas, light imprisonment and punishment of penalty of present times has become cause of increasing the crimes Instead of decreasing them.
Islam wants rectification and correction in the world. Therefore, it considered these crimes as very bad acts, and prescribed their punishments as much severe that they would remove and end the crimes and the evils from the world.
It has also been commanded, “Let the guilty men of lewdness be whenever they repent and reform.” Explanation about the Repentance has been stated many times earlier, that is to say, confessing one’s mistakes by feeling them as bad and admitting to leave them. In the verse, “Correction and Rectification” has also been determined necessary with the repentance for more emphasis. After that, the good news has been given to the persons, who repent that Allah Almighty is Ever-Relenting, and Most Merciful. We should be hopeful of His blessings always.