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'He who masters his experiences will be safe from harm, while he who feels needless of experiences will be blind to consequences [of actions].?

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Ghurar al-Hikam, nos. 8040, 8680

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Question : #497 Category: Major Sins
Subject: punishments relative to location?
Question: Being in a western country
do the punishment for committing adultery for misguided Muslim brothers apply.
I have been asked by a repenting brother whether he needs to admit his sin and then accept the lashes he must receive.
Also is it our duty to bare witness to such acts in order to insure that the sinner is punished even if they do not wish to repent
Answer: Salam alaykum

To implement Islamic punishment it must be done under an isamic government or islamic shia court.

1) punishment for adultery is implemented regardless the Muslim is guided or misguided, because just being a Muslim is a sign of guidance

2) no the brother must not admit his sin publicly and does not need to receive punishment, just needs to repent and not perform the act again for the sake of Allah.

3) no we have no duty in being a witness of someone else sin (adultery) unless the Islamic court or Islamic government asked us to be witnesses. Also if 4 just people do not be witnesses in the same time they become as accusers and they receive the punishment of an accusers.

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