This paper deals with the proof of legitimacy of stonning as a punishment for adultery. (The paper describes the different punishments for adultery in Islam) ranging from imprisonment and harm to lashing and alienation of the non-married, and stonning of the married. The Paper traces proofs of the legitimacy of stonning in the sayings and actions of Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon Him). This kind of punishment has been convayed by more than thirty of the Prophet’s companions. So it is considered to be an abstract sequence, and thus a conclusive eviden. Moreover, unanimous acceptance of _ the legitimacy of stonning (by both ancestors and successors) is considered an evidence of "ljma'a". Futher, the paper discusses the argument. of those who oppose stonning. They are classified into two groups : The first, those who try to deny the existence of this pu nishment. The second are those who deny the necessity of applying it by arguing that it can be replaced by other pu nbishment. The paper makes it clear - that the punishment of stonning is well established in both Sunna and Unanimity (Ijma'a), and that the lashing verse in Surat Al-Nour is only confined to non-married.
Abu Leil, Professor Mahmoud Ahmed
"The Doctrinal Punishment of Lapidation : Suspicions and Rebuttals-Dr. Mahmoud Abu Lail,"
Journal Sharia and Law: Vol. 1991:
5, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uaeu.ac.ae/sharia_and_law/vol1991/iss5/2