These days, with Sharia being relatively high-profile, it has become common for Islamic apologists and whitewashers to claim that Sharia is nowhere being properly implemented today, and in particular that Saudi Arabia and Iran are not actually Sharia states at all, despite their own claims. This is, of course, manifestly absurd. Stoning for adultery, to take just this present example, is a Sharia punishment taught by all the madhahib (schools of Islamic jurisprudence) and founded upon Muhammad’s example as delineated by numerous ahadith. “Iran: Adulteress ‘to be executed Wednesday,'” from AKI, November 2 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Tehran, 2 Nov. (AKI) – An Iranian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning after being found guilty of adultery and helping kill her husband, will be executed on Wednesday, according to a statement by a group that opposes stoning in Iran.
“The Islamic regime of Iran plans to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani immediately,” said a statement on the International Committee Against Stoning (ICAS).
The group didn’t give details on the method that will use to execute Ashtiani, but following an international campaign , Iran in July said a stoning sentence had been suspended.
Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006 and according to human rights activists forced to confess after being subjected to 99 lashes. She later recanted that confession and has denied wrongdoing.
Ashtiani’s son and lawyer have been arrested and tortured by Iranian authorities, ICAS has said.