Punishment for non-marital sex in Islam
Some versions of Sharia law require that married or divorce persons
found guilty of Zina (adultery) be executed by stoning. Countries which
are predominately Muslim or which
have a large minority of Muslims vary greatly in their treatment of people found
guilty of this crime. According to Amnesty International:
Bulgaria, Djibouti, Macedonia, Mozambique, Turkey, and Turkmenistan have formally
abandoned execution as the penalty for all crimes, including adultery and
other sex "crimes."
||Albania and Bosnia still retain the death penalty on the books, but
do not perform it in practice.
||Other countries with a large Muslim population still practice the
death penalty for various crimes. Some include blasphemy and adultery.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Sudan, and some of the northern states of Nigeria practice a
very strict form of Sharia law. So do the states controlled by
the Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) party in Malaysia. 1
Topics covered in this section:
"Malaysian by-elections test hardline Islamic party," Yahoo! News,
2002-JUL-18. No longer online.
Copyright © 2002 & 2004 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2002-SEP-1
Latest update: 2004-APR-24
Author: B.A. Robinson