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with regard to Allah's verse in the Qur'an: There is life for you in retribution said, 'Because whoever intends to kill and knows that he will be punished as a result, and refrains from doing so, there will be [a new] life for the person who he intended to kill, for the criminal who wanted to kill, and life for people other than these two who know that retribution is obligatory and they do not dare kill for fear of retribution.'

Imam Ali ibn Hussain Zayn al-'Abidin [as]
Tafsir al-Imam Hasan al-'Askari (AS), p 595 no. 354

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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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