We're constantly told that no Muslims in the West want to bring to Western countries the elements of Sharia that contradict Western principles and freedoms, and that anyone who believes otherwise is a paranoid and greasy Islamophobe. Yet somehow Shiekh Faisal Hamid Abdur-Razak seems to have misunderstood this basic point. How odd!
Tiny Minority of Extremists Update: "Repented adulterer who is stoned to death “wins the Pleasure of Allah”: Hadith posted by MSA Calgary on its Facebook page," from Alternative Angle, October 27 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur):
...Shiekh Faisal Hamid Abdur-Razak (الشيخ فيصل حميد عبد الرزاق), well known Imam in Brampton, Ontario, who also serves as President of the Islamic Forum of Canada and Vice-President of the Islamic Council of Imams of Canada, justifies the stoning of sinners to death.
In a sermon addressing his congregation Abdur-Razak explained that a Muslim who is sentenced to death by stoning actually benefit from this capital punishment as his soul is being purified by this act.
Here’s the transcript of Abdur-Razak’s sermon:“Even in Islamic Sharia [Law] the act of stoning is also done to reject certain evil actions, evil deeds. If someone commits certain crimes in Islam, and he is found guilty by an Islamic court, one of the punishments is stoning to death, signifying our rejection of evil actions as well.
“But there is something else; there is something else that the stoning does to the believer. For Iblis [satan], for the Shaytan [satan], is rejecting him [refers to one of the rituals during the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, in which Muslim pilgrims fling pebbles at three walls signifying the stoning of the devil] and rejecting his attempt to influence us.
“But for the believer there is an important benefit. Someone in the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him, committed an immoral act, which requires stoning, came to the Prophet, peace be upon him, and confessed the Prophet, peace be upon him, and the Prophet kept turning away from him, Glorious is Allah, as he didn't want to hear it.
“But the companion [صحابي] he knew he had done something wrong, he kept going in front of the Prophet, peace be upon him, [and said]: 'O Messenger of Allah [يا رسول الله] I did this, I must be punished. The Prophet, peace be upon him, kept turning away, moving away from him, as he didn't want to hear this and the companion [صحابي] ] kept persisting, going and walking in front of the Prophet [saying]: 'O Messenger of Allah [يا رسول الله] I did this, I must be punished.’
“And finally the Prophet ordered that he will be stoned to death. And this was done, and the Prophet, peace be upon him, ordered that he will be prepared for [an Islamic] funeral [جنازة] and the Prophet himself prayed [in] his funeral [جنازة]. He told his companions: 'he is in heaven [جنة], he is purified, he is purified'. So, this act of stoning now [meaning as is learnt from this story] is also purification for the believer.”
The prescribed punishment of stoning applies in Islam to adulterers and homosexuals.