Zina In Islam.

What is the ruling on one who is intimate with ladies but does no longercommit zina, i.e. kissing etc?.

Praise be to Allaah. 
Zina (adultery, fornication) does not refer only to penetration, alternativelythere is the zina of the hand, which is touching that which is forbidden, and the zina of the eyes, which is searching at that which is forbidden, even although zina that is committed with the private parts, is the zina which is punishable with the hadd punishment.

It used to be narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and advantages of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah has decreed for every son of Adam his share of zina, which he will inevitably commit. The zina of the eyes is looking, the zina of the tongue is speaking, one may also want and desire, and the personal parts confirm that or deny it.”

Narrated by way of al-Bukhaari, 5889; Muslim, 2657.

It is no longer permissible for the Muslim to long for the matters that lead to zina, such as kissing, being alone, touching and looking, for all these matters are haraam and lead to the larger evil which is zina.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And come now not near to unlawful sex. Verily, it is a Faahishah (i.e. whatever that transgresses its limits: a incredible sin, and an evil way that leads one to hell unless Allaah Forgives him)”

[al-Isra’ 17:32]

Looking at that which is forbidden is one of the arrows of the Shaytaan, which leads a person to doom, even if he did now not do it deliberately at first. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private components (from illegal sexual acts). That is purer for them. Verily, Allaah is All‑Aware of what they do.

And tell the believing girls to decrease their gaze (from searching at forbidden things), and shield their private parts (from illegal sexual acts)”

[al-Noor 24:30-31]

Think about how Allaah connects the trouble of reducing the gaze with the difficulty of protecting the personal parts (guarding one’s chastity) in these verses, and how decreasing the gaze is referred to first, before defendingthe private parts, due to the fact the eye influences the heart.

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

In these two verses, Allaah commands the believing men and women to decrease their gaze and protect their chastity, which is because of the serious nature of zina and what it leads to of high-quality corruption amongthe Muslims. Letting one’s gaze wander freely is one of the motives of sickness in the coronary heart and the incidence of immoral actions, whereas reducing the gaze is one of the means of preserving oneself safefrom that. Hence Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Tell the believing guys to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and defend their non-public parts (from unlawful sexual acts). That is purer for them. Verily, Allaah is All‑Aware of what they do.”

[al-Noor 24:30]

Lowering one’s gaze and guarding one’s chastity is purer for the believer in this world and in the Hereafter, whereas letting one’s gaze wander freely and not guarding one’s chastity are among the greatest motives of doom and punishment in this world and in the Hereafter. We ask Allaah to maintain us secure and sound.

Allaah tells us that He is All-Aware of what human beings do, and that nothing is hidden from Him. This is a warning to the believer in opposition to doing that which Allaah has forbidden and turning away from that which Allaah has prescribed for him, and it is a reminder to him that Allaah sees him and is aware of all that he does, whether it is precise or otherwise. As Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Allaah knows the fraud of the eyes, and all that the breasts conceal”

[Ghaafir 40:19]

End quote. From al-Tabarruj wa Khataruhu.

The Muslim has to concern his Lord in secret and in public, and keep away from that which Allaah has forbidden of being by myself with a member of the opposite sex, looking, shaking hands, kissing and different haraam movements which lead to the immoral motion of zina.

The sinner ought to not be deceived into wondering that he will now notcommit zina and that he will stop at these haraam movements and not go that far, for the Shaytaan will by no means depart him alone. There is no hadd punishment for these haraam actions, such as kissing etc., due to the fact the hadd punishment is solely for intercourse (zina), however the decide may punish him with a ta’zeer punishment to deter him and others like him from committing these sins.

Ibn al-Qayyim said: two 

Ta’zeer punishments can also be prescribed for each sin for which there is no hadd punishment or precise expiation (kafaarah), for sins are of three kinds: these for which there is a hadd punishment but no kafaarah is required; those for which kafaarah is required but there is no hadd punishment; and these for which there is neither a hadd punishment nor kafaarah. The first kind consists of such crimes as stealing, consumingalcohol, zina and slander. The second includes having intercourse at some stage in the day in Ramadaan, or when in ihraam. The 0.33 type consists ofhaving intercourse with a slave lady who is owned collectively with any person else, kissing a non-mahram woman and being alone with her, entering the public baths besides a waist wrapper, consuming dead meat, blood and pork, and so on.

I’laam al-Muwaqqa’een, 2/77

The individual who has committed any of these movements has to repent to Allaah, for whoever repents Allaah will receive his repentance, and the one who repents is like one who did not sin.

One of the best potential of expiation for such sins is providing the fiveevery day prayers usually and on time. The Prophet (peace and advantagesof Allaah be upon him) said: “The five daily prayers, and from one Jumu’ah to the next, and from one Ramadaan to the next, expiates for the sins that come in between, so long as you keep away from most important sins.” Narrated by Muslim, 1/209

And Allaah knows best.

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