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Does Rape Require Four Witnesses Under Islamic Law?

Sexual assault and rape crimes are filling the news and  stirring a lot of debate. One controversial question is how to prove the occurrence of the crime of rape. How to administer justice in rape cases and ensure that the offender, not the victim, is punished.

Is it true that rape is treated as a Zina (adultery) case in Islamic legal system? Doesn’t that make it almost impossible for the victim to prove the assault she suffered from?

In fact, likening rape to Zina is not correct. There are differences in the nature of both crimes.

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While there may not be explicit mention on rape in the Qur’an there is definitely a legal difference between the two.

Differences between Zina and rape?

How do we confirm rape or Zina took place? What process is  involved to prove each?

Join Imam Bradford as he shares his opinion regarding this taboo topic.

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This video discusses how equating one to the other is an injustice that Islam cannot accept.