I do not really fully understand the phrase “The fornicator shall not marry any but a fornicatress or idolatress”.
It seems that God has allowed the marriage between a fornicator and idolatress. How can a marriage becomes a legal one from the Islamic point of view between a fornicator (who is a believer) and a polytheist?
Please explain this.
You also wrote in your response:
It is clear from the related directives of the Qur’an that according to the law of God, a person convicted of this heinous crime should lose all honor and respect in the society (through public flogging) and all chaste believers should socially boycott that individual.
I do not understand the reason behind giving the punishment to an individual (for example: who has committed a crime once and convicted) if he/she has to be socially boycotted. Is it not true that a punishment is given in Islam to purify an individual of his/her sin or crime?
Just as the punishment of murder can be in the shape of taking the life of the guilty, even though, under normal circumstances, it is strictly prohibited to take the life of another human being, in the same manner, the directive of the Qur’an relating to the marriage of a person guilty of fornication or adultery should be viewed as a punishment. Under normal circumstances, it is prohibited for a Muslim to marry a person ascribing to a polytheistic creed. Nevertheless, if a Muslim is guilty of fornication or adultery, he would then only be allowed to marry a polytheist or another person convicted of fornication or adultery.
Implementation of punishment upon an individual guilty of a crime does not necessarily guarantee purification and cleansing from the sin involved in that crime. Purification and cleansing of the individual depends solely upon his internal attitude of repentance and sincere commitment to future correction and restraint. A person, who has truly repented for his crime can be purified and cleansed of the sin involved in that crime, even though he may never have been punished for that crime. On the other hand, a person, who lacks all sense of repentance shall not be cleansed of the sin involved in that crime, even if he is punished for it.
I hope this helps.
June 20, 2002