Hadith on Adultery: Importance of Evidence in Adultery Cases

📖Sahih Muslim 1498 b
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Sa’d b. Ubada (Allah be pleased with him) said: Messenger of Allah, if I were to find with my wife a man, should I wait until I bring four witnesses? He said: Yes.

  • This hadith from Sahih Muslim 1498 b narrates a conversation between Sa’d b. Ubada and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Sa’d asks the Prophet what he should do if he finds his wife in the company of another man. The Prophet advises him to bring four witnesses to establish proof of adultery before taking any action. From this hadith, Muslim scholars derive the importance of evidence in establishing accusations of adultery or fornication. The requirement for four witnesses is an important aspect of Islamic law and is intended to prevent false accusations and ensure that justice is served. Furthermore, this hadith highlights the importance of marriage fidelity in Islam and emphasizes the gravity of the sin of adultery. It also reminds Muslims that it is better to avoid situations that may lead to temptation and to remain faithful to their spouse. The same ruling applies in cases where a man is found in the company of a woman who is not his wife. The requirement for four witnesses to establish proof of adultery or fornication applies regardless of the gender of the individuals involved.