Stoning to death: What Qur’an and Bible say?
Stoning to death
The movie, stoning of Soraya M, horrified everybody in the west. Soraya was accused of committing adultery and was stoned to death. This movie made people to think that Islam is very intolerant religion. I read some articles and hubs in which people were blaming Islam to be intolerant, violent and discriminatory towards woman. These comments put me in deep thought. I questioned myself, Is it true? So I researched and studied the subject in detail and this is what I came up with.
In Qur’an there is not a single verse about stoning to death. This is very strange! On the other hand, for adultery the punishment is public flogging.
“The woman and the man guilty of illegal sexual intercourse, flog each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not pity withhold you in their case, in a punishment prescribed by Allah, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of the believers witness their punishment. “ (Surah Al-Nur: Chapter 24, verse 2)
However, Bible speaks of stoning to death for several crimes, not just for adultery.
1. For cursing Lord (Blasphemy)
“Any Israelite or any other foreigner living in Israel who curses the Lord shall be stoned to death by the whole community”. (Leviticus, chapter 24, verse 16)
2. For worshiping other GOD
“Suppose you hear that in one of your town some man or woman has sinned against the lord and broken his covenant by worshiping and serving other gods or the sun or the moon or the stars, contrary to the Lord’s commandment, If you hear such a report, then investigate it thoroughly. If it is true that this evil thing has happened in Israel, then take that person outside the town and stone him to death. (Deuteronomy, chapter 17, verses 2-5)
“Even your brother or your son or your daughter or the wife you love or your closest friend may secretly encourage you to worship other gods, gods that you and your ancestors have never worshiped…….Kill them! Be the first to stone them, and then let everyone else to Stone them too. Stone them to death. (Deuteronomy: chapter 13, verses 6-10)
3. For disobeying parents
“ Suppose someone has a son and he is stubborn and rebellious…his parents are to take him to the leaders of the town where he lives and make him stand trial. They are to say them, ‘our son is stubborn and rebellious and refuses to obey us; he wastes money and is drunkard.’ Then men of the city are to stone him to death, and so you will get rid of this evil. Everyone in Israel will hear what has happened and be afraid.” (Deuteronomy: chapter 21, verses 18-21)
4. For breaking Sabbath
“Once, while Israelites were still in wilderness , a man was found gathering firewood on Sabbath. He was brought to the Moses and Aaron, and the whole community, and was put under guard…….then the Lord said to the Moses, the man must be put to the death ; the whole community is to stone him to death outside the camp.” (Numbers: chapter 15, verses 32-36)
5. For consulting spirit
“Any man or woman who consults the spirits of the dead shall be stoned to death; any who does this is responsible for his own death.” (Leviticus: chapter 20, verse 27)
6. For a woman who is not virgin at her marriage night
“If the charge is true (woman not being virgin at her marriage night) and there is no proof that she was virgin, then they are take her out to the entrance of her father’s house, where the men of her city are to stone her to death. She has done shameful thing among our people …..in this way you will get rid of this evil.” (Deuteronomy: chapter 22, verses 20-21)
7.To Achan for taking condemned things
“…..and Joshua said, ‘Why have you brought such trouble on us? The Lord will now bring trouble on you!’ All the people then stoned Achan to death; they also stoned and burnt his family and possessions. They put a huge pile of stones over him, which is there to this day. That is why that place is still called Trouble Valley. Then the Lord was no longer furious.” (Joshua: chapter 7, verses 1-26)
8. For adultery
“ If a man is caught having intercourse with another man’s wife, both of them are to be put to death. In this way you will get rid of this evil.” (Deuteronomy: chapter 22, verse 22)
“ Suppose a man is caught in a town having intercourse with a woman who is engaged to someone else. You are take them outside the town and stone them to death. The woman is to die because she did not cry out for help, although she was in the town, where she could have been heard. “(Deuteronomy: chapter 22, verses 23-24)
Note: I used translation of biblical verses from Good News Bible, 2004 edition.