Saturday, April 17, 2010


Stoning, or lapidation, refers to a form of capital punishment whereby an organized group throws stones at an individual until the person dies, or (in ancient Judaism) the condemned person is pushed from a platform set high enough above a stone floor .

Stoning within present day Islam

Islamic scholars argue both for and against stoning within Islam. In Islam, stoning is the only capital punishment which requires four reputable eye-witness "accusers" to state that they saw the defendants sexually interact. In strict Sharia-governed countries, stoning is still widely practiced.

It is also important to note that in Islam a person who confesses to adultery can be his own witness, yet according to sharia law he must oath on himself four times before he can be punished with the appropriate punishment, which is stoning if the person is married or 100 lashes if the person is not married. 

Husbands can also launch a charge against their spouses, and have (in support) no evidence but their own - their solitary evidence (can be received) if they bear witness four times (with an oath) by Allah that they are solemnly telling the truth. The fifth (oath) (should be) that they solemnly invoke the curse of Allah on themselves if they tell a lie. But it would avert the punishment from the wife, if she bears witness four times (with an oath) by Allah, that (her husband) is telling a lie. The fifth (oath) should be that she solemnly invokes the wrath of Allah on herself if (her accuser) is telling the truth. (Rajm and Namus-Wikipedia)

    Stoning in Iran,  The Washington Times, February 27  "The condemned are wrapped head to foot in white shrouds and buried up to their waists.  "Then the stoning begins. The stones are specifically chosen so they are large enough to cause pain, but not so large as to kill the condemned immediately. They are guaranteed a slow, torturous death. Sometimes their children are forced to watch. Their offense is usually adultery.  "This is capital punishment Iranian [mullahs'] style, even under the so-called moderate new president, Mohammed Khatami."
    If you are there to see the process of stoning on someone, are you brave enough to stop them, walk away or you will just stand there to watch everything?

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