Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Abed asked: If a case of adultery is proven against a woman is she buried to the waist and stoned or is she buried to the neck? I read of case in Nigeria where the woman was supposed to be buried to the neck. What is the reason for this difference why are males buried to the waist and women to the neck?

Answer: She is not buried. A pit is dug where she is placed for stoning. This pit serves as a veil based on the principle of veiling for women in general. No pit is made for the man, because the purpose of Hadd is to make the punishment known. To make a pit for the woman up to the level of her chest is not a duty but a sunnah.