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Why Islam prescribes a hefty penalty for adultery

By SAYYID QUTB

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Islam is a complete code of living that is not based on punishment. Its basis is to provide all that promotes a clean and pure life. If some individuals then abandon this clean and easy life in order to deliberately submerge themselves in filth, they incur such heavy penalties.

ARTICLE BACKGROUND: Extracted from Vol. 12 of In the Shade of the Qur’an, this article is part of the author’s commentary on Chapter 24:2 of the Qur’an, which states, “As for the adulteress and the adulterer, flog each of them with a hundred stripes, and let not compassion for them keep you from [carrying out] this law of God, if you truly believe in God and the Last Day; and let a number of believers witness their punishment.”

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Sayyid Qutb is one of Islam’s greatest activists of the 20th Century. His Islamic advocacy cost him his life in 1966 at hands of the tyrannical Egyptian regime.

When enacting such severe punishments for this abominable offence, Islam does not overlook the natural desire behind it. Islam knows that human beings cannot and should not suppress such a natural desire. Nor does Islam wish that people should fight the physiological functions God has given them as part of their nature and part of the laws of life, ensuring the continuity of mankind. Islam only shuns an animal approach to this desire that treats one body the same as another, and which has no intention of building a home, life partnership or family.

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Don’t marry non-Muslims, popular preacher advises Muslim singles

By ABUBAKAR SEMATIMBA

Famous Islamic preacher Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata Hamza Batte has urged young Muslim men and women to face reality and marry “now” before it is too late.

Speaking to hundreds of Muslim youth attending a seminar organized 13 July by the Association of Corporate Muslims at Kampala’s Hotel Africana, Sheikh Muzaata called on the gathering – male and female – to put wedlock top on their priority list.

He said marriage is a Sunnah (tradition) of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that can only be ignored at ones peril. “I am seeing around many beautiful young women and handsome young men in this hall; why don’t you marry each other, O people?’’ he asked.

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A career woman needs an understanding husband – Dr. Halimah

 Dr. Halimah Akbar (pictured) is the Director of the Islamic University Kabojja Females’ Campus. She spoke to The Campus Journal’s Umar Kyeyune about her rise as a woman and about the best environment for a female student.

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Men without manhood

By YAHYA SSEREMBA

Summary: The mere possession of a male sexual organ does not make one a man.

Author Biography: Yahya Sseremba is the publisher of The Campus Journal news website.

Armed with a sharp machete, an angry woman in my neighborhood recently flashed her husband out of her house, threatening to chop him should he ever set foot again anywhere near the apartment. This disgraceful exit is just a slice of the vast humiliation that many men have inflicted upon themselves by choosing to be fed by women, clothed by women and sheltered by women. 

Is there any manhood left in such men? Their biological construction, obviously, is that of men, with organs like the penis, scrotum and testicles. This natural design is surely part of manhood, not only biologically, but socially as well. Pre-colonial Buganda society, for instance, understood a man as a person who not only had a penis, but a functioning penis. Impotent men, however wealthy they would be, were exempted from a tax levied on men.   

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