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may Allah bestow mercy on someone who is liberal when he sells, when he buys, when he judges, and when he is judged.'

Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa [sawa]
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Question : #170 Category: Women's Issues
Subject: Islam and double standards with gender
Question: There seems to be a double standard for men and women in Islam eg: if a man commits adultery then he can repent however if a women does the same, she can be setenced to cruel punishment. This is one example.

I am curious, why this exists and why this is allowable ?
Answer: Islam does not practice double standards, and sentences to matters as questioned are burdened on both the male and female equally, given their contribution in the sin.

The severity of the sentence is based on the situation, and one must consider the environment and the circumstances which led to the sin.
For instance, if the women purposely attracted the male through sexual connotations and forced herself onto him then the female is more to blame for such an act. This can also occur the other way, where the male lewd the female through tricks and etc.

It's crucial that one doesn't consider what occurs by 'Islamic' groups as the true form of Sharia and one should personally research into the Sharia Law and see the true rulings on such matters.

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