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Ramadan 2015

Refraining from adultery

There once was a famous blacksmith, who could place his hand on hot iron but it would never burn him. He was once asked to explain why hot iron could not burn him and so he told his story…

'I was in deep love with a woman. I tried to win her over with every mean possible but she would not listen. I even tried to persuade her by offering wealth, but she refused. One day I heard her husband had died, I approached her and offered to marry her but she declined. She explained that she did not want to embarrass her children by marrying again.

Some time after, the woman's financial position worsened. She approached me for a loan, and I saw this as a unique opportunity. I offered to lend her the money, but in return she would have to fulfil my requirements. Out of desperation, she accepted the offer. When she came to me, I saw she was shaking frantically. I asked her, 'What is wrong?'

She replied, 'I fear Allah (S.W.T), by disgracing myself in front of you, what answer will I give to Him?

Having looked at her state, I left her. As she left, she prayed for me and said, 'May Allah (S.W.T) save you from the fire?'

From that moment onwards, I have never been burnt by the fire of this world, and I hope that Allah (S.W.T) will protect me from the fire of the hereafter too.


This story teaches us that refraining from adultery is a sure means of protecting ourselves from the fire of Hell. Our Beloved Prophet (S.A.W) once said, 'Whoever promises me to protect his private part (from adultery), I guarantee him a place in Paradise. (Al- Bukhari, Riqaq, 23)

Islam forbids relationship outside of marriage. An illegitimate relationship will lead to Allah’s (S.W.T) disobedience, resulting to the punishment of Hell fire.

The Holy Quran and Sunnah of the beloved Prophet (S.A.W) have both severely warned the dangers of adultery, and have promised a harsh punishment for those who commit this gross crime.