The Chief Imam of Area 10 Garki, Abuja Mosque, Sheikh Yahya Al-Yolawi has cautioned Muslims against acts capable leading to committing unlawful sexual intercourse to avoid severe punishment in this world and in the hereafter.
Mr Al-Yolawi made the call while delivering his Jumma’at sermon titled, ‘Evil Consequences of Fornication and Adultery,” on Friday in Abuja.
He said fornication and adultery were some of the highly self-destructive and major sins in Islam, adding that an adulterer was one of the three people Allah would not talk to on the day of resurrection.
He said that Islam as a religion was very much concerned with establishing decent moral standards in individuals within the community, thus constituting laws that promote chastity and regulate strong sexual desires in a bid to control them.
Mr Al-Yolawi also said that Islam encouraged remaining firm in the faith (Iman) and warned against transgressing the limits of Shari’ah laws by all means.
The cleric said: ”Islam has preserved people’s dignity and protected families from being mixed. Therefore, fornication and adultery are forbidden and classified as major and destructive sins.
”Islam has forbidden not only committing fornication but everything that could lead to it, such as mixing of the opposite sexes.
“Others are the immoral exchange of looks between the two sexes, immoral words, seductive moves between a man and a woman or being in seclusion in a room, office, car, phone, shop, online and anything else which could lead to this awful sin.
He also listed three people to whom Allah, the Most High will not talk, nor will He forgive them of sins nor look at them: An aged person guilty of adultery, a King who lies and a poor beggar who is proud
Mr Al-Yolawi said fornication and adultery had personal, religious, social, economic, and health consequences such as; poverty, constant humiliation and disgrace as well as darkness of face that would be obvious to people and darkness of the heart.
He added: ”Fornication and adultery combine all evils; weakness in commitment to the religion, as we can see lack of piety, destruction of mind men and women and the decrease of praiseworthy jealousy.
”You will never find an adulterer or fornicator who is pious, fulfills his promises, truthful in his speech, maintains friendship or has protective jealousy over his wife.
“He will be characterized by lies, deception, betrayal, devil- agents and not being mindful of Allah.”
Mr Al-Yolawi condemned the increasing rate of indecent dressing of mature ladies in offices, campuses, parks and other social gatherings.
The cleric also enjoined Muslims to avoid online and offline temptations and keep away from anything that might stimulate desire.
They include: Looking at the opposite sex with desire, talking, touching, shaking, kissing, hugging, and watching sex pictures and movies.