All well-wishers of the human race and all national thinkers have appreciated that wide-spread adultery and rape are a scourge for humanity. The physical, social and moral corruption arising from this fatal addiction has forced thinkers and national leaders in the world to evolve some sort of legal code to put a stop to the recurring human troubles and social problems.
Islam has given to humanity a system of moral laws which are based on human psychology and which meticulously avoid the two extremes. Neither Celibacy nor free intercourse are permissible in Islam. It has adopted golden means and the Islamic teachings encourage the institution of marriage to such an extent that two, three or four wives have been made permissible. Sexual urge is the weakest point of any human being, male or female. Its satisfaction must be sought by lawful means which involve heavy responsibilities. The Holy Quran says:
“And get those married who are without a spouse among your slaves and maid servants.” (5-24: V:32)
Marriage of all such persons who are able-bodied and have supporting capacity, has been made almost compulsory. The responsibility devolves on the heads of families and on the nation as a whole.
Marriage has been described in Islamic jurisprudence as an obligation amounting almost to a duty. A large number of Traditions of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam emphasise timely marriage of boys and girls and servants and maid servants so that the social order remains free from corruption of free intercourse and the evils concomitant upon it. The Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam advised the young men: “0 group of young men! Whoso among you has full sexual power, let him (at once) court a marriage, because marriage alone can guard your sight and your private organs.”
Adultery, the worst tyranny on earth:
Out of all human follies adultery and rape are the worst human acts which perpetrate injustice and tyranny on the human individuals as well as the society at large. Prophet Joseph who was a model of decency, gentleness and knowledge was put in a trial to save his modesty. Divine decree passed him through different circumstances both difficult and trying. He was brought in the house of Aziz, a Minister of Egypt. When he attained manhood, the wife of Aziz was strongly drawn towards his youthful beauty. On a day, when her husband was away, she apparelled herself in gold and light and presented herself as a perfect bride to seduce Prophet Joseph and fall in illicit relationship wither. The Holy Qur’an stated:
“The woman in whose house he stayed, she seduced him and closed all the doors of the house and called upon (shamelessly) to enter upon her modesty.”(S.12: V: 23}
But Prophet Joseph refused and said:
“I seek the protection of Allah! (against your evil design) He (your husband) has been so kind to me and (I cannot ignore his rights) No unjust oppressors will earn salvation.” (S-12: V.23)
i) Adultery and rape is the root of all oppression and social injustice. Human character and human deeds are soiled and spoiled by lewdness and indecency. There is often wastage of wealth and at times there is also blood-shed. Normal health of indulgents is lost and sexual diseases often afflict such persons. Lewdness, indecency,” cheating, selfishness, and servitudes to casual desires, waywardness in thinking and spiritual backwardness are some of the concomitants of adultery and rape.
ii) Adultery also works havoc to a noble family whose reputation suffers an irreparable loss. Infamy begins to be attached to such a family and the general good character of the new generation suffers a severe setback.
iii) A noble-hearted woman who is naturally shrouded by feeling of shame and modesty is made to work against her own psychology. The evil act of rape transforms the human character of a woman. Her mental horizon becomes polluted and a time comes when she has said good bye to all good values of womanhood. The profession of prostitute is an outcome of men who have worked hard for the spread of indecency and lewdness in a good society. A good woman, when allowed and depend into sinful activity, gradually loses her feminine sense of honour and takes to a life of profligacy.
iv) There are cases when a woman breed, when forced into rape, prefers• death to life and commits suicide.
v) In the case of a married woman, the act of rape perpetrated upon her amounts to tyranny of the worst order.
vi) Adultery and rape are acts of mistrust perpetrated upon the new unborn generations. A bastard child has no personal fault put a Pandora’s Box of evils and deprivations are opened upon him. His misfortune deprives him of his normal growth and normal moral and spiritual development. Neither his body nor his soul can aspen to live true human life. This injustice has been also by the devilish man who has committed adultery resulting in his birth.
The Prophetic mind of Prophet Joseph understood the depth of events involved in the act of rape. He therefore spoke out his mind that a prison cell was far better than the heinous crime to which the profligate women of Egypt were inviting him