Islamic concepts

Fāḥishah فاحشة — sexually inappropriate actions

  • sexually offensive act
  • obscenity,
  • unlawful sexual activity

An obscenity is any statement or act which strongly offends the prevalent morality of the time

sexual behaviour that people find offensive; disrespectful, tasteless; something that is sexually shocking

Faḥishah is broader than Zinā. One of the meanings is Zinā, but it's broader.

stay well away from... stay clear of

  • And who, when they have committed a sexually offensive act (an indecency, something shameful, something to be ashamed of) or have wronged their souls, remember God and pray that their sins be forgiven— [...]3:135-136
  • If any of your women commit a sexually offensive act (lewd act), call four witnesses from among you, [...] 4:15-16
  • You who believe, it is not lawful for you to inherit women against their will, nor should you treat your wives harshly, hoping to take back some of the bride-gift you gave them, unless they are guilty of a obvious sexual offence (something clearly outrageous, open lewdness). Live with them in accordance with what is fair and kind: if you dislike them, it may well be that you dislike something in which God has put much good. 4:19
  • Do not marry women that your fathers married- with the exception of what is past- this is indeed a sexually inappropriate (shameful) thing to do, loathsome and leading to evil. 4:22
  • If any of you have not the means wherewith to wed free believing women, they may wed believing girls from among those whom your right hands possess: And Allah hath full knowledge about your faith. Ye are one from another: Wed them with the leave of their owners, and give them their dowers, according to what is reasonable: They should be chaste, not lustful, nor taking paramours: when they are taken in wedlock, if they fall into shame, their punishment is half that for free women. This (permission) is for those among you who fear sin; but it is better for you that ye practise self-restraint. And Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. 4:25
  • [...] refrain from (do not go near, stay well away from, do not even approach) committing indecent deeds (obscenities, shameful deeds), whether openly or in secret (public or private); [...] 6:151
  • Yet when [these people] do something disgraceful (shameful, indecency, indecent acts), they say, ‘We found our forefathers doing this,’ [...] 7:28
  • Say [Prophet], ‘My Lord only forbids disgraceful deeds (indecency, shameful deeds, indecent acts) - whether they be open or hidden- and sin and unjustified aggression, and that you, without His sanction, associate things with Him, and that you say things about Him without knowledge.’ 7:33
  • We also (sent) Lut: He said to his people: "Do ye commit lewdness (indecent acts) such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you? 7:80
  • And do not go anywhere near (do not even approach) adultery: it is a shameful deed (indecent), opening the road (to other evils). 17:32
  • A painful punishment waits in this world and the next for those who like indecency to spread among the believers (Those who like to publicize indecency among the believers, those who spread scandalous accusations): God knows and you do not. 24:19
    those who publicize (draw public attention) their own or other people’s sexually inappropriate actions
  • We also sent Lot to his people. He said to them, ‘How can you commit this indecency (what is shameful) with your eyes wide open (knowingly)? Must you go lustfully to men instead of women? How shallow you are!’ 27:54-55
  • We sent Lot to his people and he said to them, ‘Indeed you commit obscenity such as no people before you have ever committed. 29:28
  • Wives of the Prophet, if any of you does something clearly indecent (flagrant act of...), she will be doubly punished- that is easy for God- 33:30
  • who shun (keep away from, avoid) great sins and gross indecencies (shameful deeds); who forgive when they are angry; 42:37
  • As for those who refrain from (avoid, stay away from) committing grave sins and indecent acts, though they may commit minor offences, your Lord is unstinting in His forgiveness.He knows you when He brings you out of the earth, and when you were embryos in the wombs of your mothers; so do not make claims to be pure. He knows best who is truly righteous.[41] 53:32
  • O Prophet! When ye do divorce women, divorce them at their prescribed periods, and count (accurately), their prescribed periods: And fear Allah your Lord: and turn them not out of their houses, nor shall they (themselves) leave, except in case they are guilty of some open lewdness, those are limits set by Allah: and any who transgresses the limits of Allah, does verily wrong his (own) soul: thou knowest not if perchance Allah will bring about thereafter some new situation. 65:1

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  • He wishes to turn towards you in mercy, but those who follow their own passions want you to drift far away from the right path. God wishes to lighten your burdens, for, man (human beings) has been created weak. 4:27-28

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