Dear Mr. Ghamidi,
I am a regular listener of you and watch your programmes regularly. Although regarding your certain points and opinions I am completely opposed and I think they are in completely in contrast to the teachings of the Messenger of God and Holy Quran yet I must appreciate your positive points and I still I think that you are doing a fine job by explaining Islam to a common man in a logical way.
What today alarmed me was that once you said that the extreme punishment of “zina” or adultery in Islam is whipping (or 100 lashes) regardless of the fact that whether the culprits were married or not. Before your statement I was of the knowledge that only the “(munkirīn-e-ḥadīth)” or the deniers of the Ḥadīth hold this extreme view point. I was surprised to listen to your this viewpoint because my understanding is that you are not amongst them because you have sometimes quoted out of Ḥadīth. We all know that the punishment for the adultery is very explicitly mentioned in the most authentic books of ḥadīth that is to say the Muslim and Bukhārī. There are yet very clear incidents narrated in these books which speak of executions for the same very offence by “rajm” or stoning till death.
If you deny the validity of “rajm” it means that these punishments given by the Messenger of God were not justified as we know during the times of pagan Arabs no such punishment was ever given for adultery. Moreover, this punishment is also mentioned in the Old Testament and was sometimes practiced also under the Jewish Law. Mawlānā Mawdūdī has also dedicated a lengthy passage explaining the purpose of this punishment citing historical evidence in Tafhīm-al-Qur’ān. Ibn-i Kathīr and most of other Islamic scholars including the four schools of jurisprudence are of the unanimous opinion that the punishment for this offence is lashes in case of un-married and “rajm” for the married.
Your opinion in this case is incomprehensible in case you uphold the validity of Ḥadīth and Sunnah. However, I may have misread you that you once I say that you are not one amongst those who deny the authenticity of Ḥadīth, because if that is the case I would request to please clarify yourself so that I may be in a position to explain it to other people to whom I quote you extensively. It would be unfortunate for me if you are amongst the “munkirīn-i-ḥadīth” because I don’t consider their opinion at all but here I have on numerous occasions quoted you.
Secondly, by the way if a woman will lead prayers in front of me, I will concentrate more on her body parts rather than the prayers or on God. Perhaps it was for sinful people like me who exist more in the society that women never lead a mixed congregation or prayers.