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Answering Claims of Paul Ross No 4. “Thou shall have 4 Muslim male witnesses to prove rape. Koran 24:13”

A Non Muslim reader sent me a response regarding “REFUTING CLAIM SATAN INSPIRED PROPHET IN CAVE (not GABRIEL).” His name is Paul Ross.

His TITLE: The 20 Commandments of Muhammad, the founder of Islam.

There are 20 claims that he believes inspired by satan. All I can say that he doesn’t understand anything about Islam especially Al-Qur’an. Let’s discuss it one by one.

I SKIPPED CLAIM NO 2 (2. Thou shall have Sex Slaves and Work Slaves. Koran 4:3, 4:24, 5:89,33:50, 58:3, 70:30) since this kind of discussion demanding long explanation. I will discuss this for the last Insha Allah.


4. Thou shall have 4 Muslim male witnesses to prove rape. Koran 24:13

Nothing wrong by providing 4 witnesses when you accuse someone raping a woman. This is the definision of the witness:

A witness is someone who has, who claims to have, or is thought, by someone with authority to compel testimony, to have knowledge relevant to an event or other matter of interest. In law a witness is someone who, either voluntarily or under compulsion, provides testimonial evidence, either oral or written, of what he or she knows or claims to know about the matter before some official authorized to take such testimony.

So nothing wrong to provide the witnesses when someone trying to slander you. In Islam you have to have FOUR witnesses.

THIS SURAH IS NOTHING ABOUT RAPE. (Be smart)

Mr. Paul, let me explain you more.

THIS SURAH IS REGARDING THE SLANDER OF AISHA (THE WIFE OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD PBUH).

Surah 24:12 :Why, when you heard it, did not the believing men and believing women think good of one another and say, “This is an obvious falsehood”?

Surah 24:13 : Why did they [who slandered] not produce for it four witnesses? And when they do not produce the witnesses, then it is they, in the sight of Allah , who are the liars.


This is the TAFSIR (exegesis) of surah 24: 12 and 13 by Ibn Katsir.

Disciplining the Believers for spreading the Slander

Here Allah disciplines the believers with regard to the matter of `A’ishah, because some of them spread this evil talk and the slander that had been mentioned. So Allah says:

﴿لَّوْلا إِذْ سَمِعْتُمُوهُ﴾

(Why then, when you heard it,) meaning, the talk which accused the Mother of the believers, may Allah be pleased with her,

﴿ظَنَّ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَـتُ بِأَنفُسِهِمْ خَيْراً﴾

(the believers, men and women, think good of their own people) means, why did they not compare what was said to themselves — if it was not befitting for them then it was even less appropriate for the Mother of the believers, and she was more likely to be innocent. Or it was said that this was revealed about Abu Ayyub Khalid bin Zayd Al-Ansari and his wife, may Allah be pleased with them. Imam Muhammad bin Ishaq bin Yasar narrated, “The wife of Abu Ayyub Khalid bin Zayd Al-Ansari, Umm Ayyub, said to him, `O Abu Ayyub, have you heard what the people are saying about `A’ishah’ He said, `Yes, and it is all lies. Would you do that, O Umm Ayyub’ She said, `No, by Allah, I would not do that.’ He said, `And by Allah, `A’ishah is better than you.’ When the Qur’an was revealed, Allah mentioned those who spoke about the evil deed among the people of the slander,

﴿إِنَّ الَّذِينَ جَآءُوا بِالإِفْكِ عُصْبَةٌ مِّنْكُمْ﴾

(Verily, those who brought forth the slander are a group among you.) ﴿24:1﴾ This refers to Hassan and his companions who said what they said. Then Allah said,

﴿لَّوْلا إِذْ سَمِعْتُمُوهُ ظَنَّ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ﴾

(Why then, did not the believers, men, when you heard it, think…) means, as Abu Ayyub and his wife did.” Allah’s saying:

﴿ظَنَّ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ﴾

(the believers, men think…) meaning, `why did they not think good, because the Mother of the believers is his wife and is closer to him.’ This is concerned with innermost feelings;

﴿وَقَالُواْ﴾

(and say:) means, with their tongues, verbally,

﴿هَـذَآ إِفْكٌ مُّبِينٌ﴾

(“This (charge) is an obvious lie”) means, a clear untruth told about the Mother of the believers, may Allah be pleased with her. What happened should not have been the cause of suspicion. The fact that the Mother of the believers came openly, riding on the camel of Safwan bin Al-Mu`attal at midday, with the entire army watching and the Messenger of Allah among them, should have made it clear that there was no cause for suspicion. If there had been anything suspicious about the matter, they would not have come openly in this manner in front of so many witnesses; they would have come secretly. On this basis, what the people of the slander said accusing the Mother of the believers was an utter lie, false speech and evil foolish talk, by which people who indulged in it lost out. Allah said:

﴿لَّوْلاَ جَآءُو عَلَيْهِ بِأَرْبَعَةِ شُهَدَآءَ﴾

(Why did they not produce four witnesses against him) meaning, to prove that what they were saying was true.

﴿فَإِذْ لَمْ يَأْتُواْ بِالشُّهَدَآءِ فَأُوْلَـئِكَ عِندَ اللَّهِ هُمُ الْكَـذِبُونَ﴾

(Since they have not produced witnesses! Then with Allah they are the liars.)Allah has ruled that they are indeed wicked liars.

When you accuse someone stealing, killing or raping, you need to PROVIDE the WITNESSES. In Islam, it need FOUR WITNESSES.

CLAIM NO 4 REFUTED BECAUSE OF LACK OF KNOWLEDGE AND NOTHING WRONG PROVIDE THE WITNESS TO PROVE THE SOMEONE IS GUILTY. AND THIS SURAH GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH RAPE.


Reference: – Tafsir Ibnu Katsir, Wikipedia.

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