ISSN-L: 2223-9553, ISSN: 2223-9944 Vol. 3, No. 2, September 2012
ISLAMIC PREVENTIVE MEASURES ON PREMARITAL TEEN SEX: A RELIGIOUS MODEL Salmi A. Sudan* Institute of Education, IIUM, MALAYSIA. Nik A. Hisham Institute of Education, IIUM, MALAYSIA. Siraje S. Abdallah Institute of Education, IIUM, MALAYSIA. Nik Suryani N. Abd. Rahman Institute of Education, IIUM, MALAYSIA.
Premarital sex behaviors among adolescents or adults are subjected to the ethos of religious rules. Any form of sex outside marriage including adultery, homosexuality, rape, child sex abuse, lesbianism, prostitution, infidelity, and etc, is a criminal offence and subsequently prohibited in Islam. The objective of this research is to examine the position of Islam on premarital sex behaviors. The significance of the research lies on the fact that it studies the Islamic preventive measures on premarital sex particularly on teenagers. It is illegal and forbidden in the shari‘ah; the general will of God which is revealed for the betterment of all mankind and for the protection of the progeny, family institution and the health of the individual. The methodology adopted in this research is library based analytical and evaluative methods. The data of this research is collected from reliable sources including the Qur’an and the hadith of the Prophet as well as other authentic sources. After various studies on the subject we now know that there are a range of factors that lead to premarital sex. These factors constitute; psychological factors, physical and social environment, sex orientations during the period of adolescence and puberty, global trend and economic status. Keywords: premarital sex behaviors, teenagers, Islam, religion, adultery, Teen Sex
INTRODUCTION To begin with one should argue that, religion be it Islam or other Godly and human beliefs advocate marriage and condemns premarital sex including adultery and other forms of sexual behavior. In Islam particularly, the Qur’anic position is crystal clear. Recent academic researches on the subject also confirmed that religion plays crucial role in adolescent sexual activities. Research has also shown that religious role is associated with abstention, delaying or limiting premarital sex among teenagers. The impact of religion on the sexual behavior of the adolescent depends largely on the social characteristics, including; age, ethnicity, gender, and family circumstance and background. It is unfortunate that the mainstream modern Muslims debate on the punishment of adultery but less people talk about the devastating impact on the teenagers who are, in fact, the most vulnerable group to adultery in the society. The Nature and History of Premarital Sex: Adultery Before we embark on the Islamic viewpoint on adultery it is significant to establish the nature and the history of adultery. From a Latin word adulterium, adultery is a form of disloyalty, faithlessness, betrayal, treachery and infidelity. In English dictionaries, it refers to a sex between a married woman and a person other than her husband.In other words; it is a voluntary sexual intercourse between married man or woman and a partner other than the legal spouse. However, this view on adultery is rather a single Western interpretation of adultery and it does not, in any way, represent comprehensive view. (Webster‘s New World Dictionary and Thesaurus)
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ISSN-L: 2223-9553, ISSN: 2223-9944
Vol. 3, No. 2, September 2012
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In effect, it ignores the views of the bible and early civilizations on adultery. It is therefore interesting to note that the bible in its religious content sees adultery more that an illicit sex. The bible commands that: “You shall not commit adultery”. Not only that, but the bible goes further...