The Evil Effects of Zinā

Shaykh ʿAbdullāh ʿAtīq al-Harbī

Featuring the heinous evil of Zinā (fornication), its causes, results and prevention
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Who is Shaykh ʿAbdullāh ‘Atīq al-Harbī

Shaykh ʿAbdullāh ‘ʿAtīq al-Ḥarbī is one of the professors in the University of al-Madīnah, he is a student of Shaykh Rabīʿ Ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī. He recently traveled to America for the purpose of daʿwah.

From the Lecture

“The Path to the Hell-fire is easy and may Allāh protect us from it, it is to do evil acts such as fornication and intoxicating oneself.”

Featuring the heinous evil of al-Zinā (the fornication), it’s causes, results and its prevention. Shaykh ʿAbdullāh ‘ʿAtīq states, ‘From the greatest thing that will make the servant of Allāh corrupt, whether he is male or female is Zinā’.’ Allāh says in the Qurʾān, ‘And do not come close to lewdness, that which is apparent from it and that which is hidden’. This is a proof that all acts connected to Zinā’ are Ḥarām. It corrupts entire societies.

The Evil Effects

‘From the corruption of Zinā’ is the increase in divorce and decrease in marriage.’

‘Rape is increased in society.’

‘An increase in diseases that result in death.’

‘The great number of orphans and children born out of wedlock. This also leads to an increase in crime due to the lack of love and care of parents during youth, as he grows he becomes nurtured on other than love and a lot of the time becomes a person of crime in order to avenge that society.’

‘Zinā’ is not a relationship of muhabbah (passionate love) or emotion. It doesn’t provide the strong ties of Marriage or bring forth the happiness of parenting.’

Women and Free Mixing

Imām Ibn al-Qayyim said, ‘And there is no doubt that to let the Women mix with the men is the asl (foundation) of every evil and it is from the greatest reason for Allāh sending punishment upon the people and likewise it is from free mixing that Zinā’ becomes manifest.’

‘The whole of the Women is ‘Awrah, when she leaves the home, the Shayṭān beatifies her. It is essential that the woman does not leave her home except for a pressing need.’ Allāh says,

“And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance….”
[Sūrah al-Aḥzab, 33:33]

And “O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allāh is ever Oft­ Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
[Sūrah al-Aḥzab, 33:59]

It is important to understand that the voice of the Women affects the hearts of men since it is soft by nature.

The Evil of Music and Intoxicants and their connection to Zinā’

‘It is also important that a person stays away from Music, it has a greater effect on the woman than the man. Music is accompanied with singing and instruments and dancing and it is from the great calls to Zinā’, Fuḍayl Ibn Iyāḍ said ‘The music is the ruqyah (incantation) of Zinā’.’

‘Lower your gaze for it is an arrow from the arrows of Shayṭān. The first look is overlooked since it is unintentional, so Allāh had mercy upon us and forgave us for that and as for the second, the male and the female believer are both taken to account for that.’

‘The intoxicants are from the mother of all evils and it leads to Zinā’ and killing, rather a person will fall into every type of lowly act.’

Published: July 7, 2007
Edited: February 11, 2023


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