Rape And How Islam Handles It
June 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person’s consent. A person who commits an act of rape is known as a rapist. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or with a person who is incapable of valid consent.
In 2007, there were 255,630 incidents of rape and sexual assault in the United States (BJS, 2008a). Of those, 90,427 were forcible rapes (FBI, 2008c). This represents one forcible rape occurring somewhere in the United States every 5.8 minutes (FBI, 2008a). Persons in the age group of 12 to 19 were raped and sexually assaulted at a significantly higher rate than any other age group (Tjaden & Thoennes, 2000; BJS, 2008b).
Highest rate: Lesotho – 94/100.000
Lowest rate: Syrian Republic & Egypt: 0.7 and o.1 /100,000 respectively
Notables: United States of America: 29.3/100,000
According to United States Department of Justice document Criminal Victimization in the United States, there were overall 191,670 victims of rape or sexual assault reported in 2005. 1 of 6 U.S. women have experienced an attempted or completed rape. Other research has found that about 80,000 American children are sexually abused each year.
Despite many misconceptions on The Sharia Law, Islam has long ago realized the severity of the crime, for the offender and the victim alike. Rapists usually commit the crime as a show of male power rather than the sexual act or desires itself. And rapists do not have the capabilities nor the tendencies to be rehabilitated. As such, The Prophet SAW instituted the death penalty for the rapist, knowing fully well that there is a tendency to repeat the crime when let loose.
Hadith: Book 38, Number 4366 [Sunan Abu Dawud]
Narrated by Wa’il ibn Hujr:
When a woman went out in the time of the Prophet SAW for prayer, a man attacked her and overpowered (raped) her. She shouted and he went off, and when a man came by, she said: That (man) did such and such to me. And when a company of the Emigrants came by, she said: That man did such and such to me. They went and seized the man whom they thought had raped her and brought him to her.
She said: “Yes, this is he“. Then they brought him to the Apostle of Allah SAW.
When The Prophet SAW was about to pass the sentence, the man who (actually) had assaulted her stood up and said: “Apostle of Allah, I am the man who did it to her.”
The Prophet SAW said to her: “Go away, for Allah has forgiven you“. But he told the man (who was wrongfully seized) some good words, and of the man who had raped her, he said: “Stone him to death“.
Note: Stoning to death is to be done publicly.