Sheikh `Abdel-Khaliq Hasan Ash-Shareef, a prominent Muslim scholar and great Da`iyah, states the following: “Allah Almighty says: “So set thy purpose (O Muhammad) for religion as a man by nature upright the nature (framed) of Allah, in which He hath created man. There is no altering (the laws of) Allah’s creation. That is the right religion, but most men know not.” (Ar-Rum: 30). First of all we should know that man is man and desire is desire. If a Muslim is conscious and mindful of Allah, and if his heart is full of love for Almighty Allah, Allah will for sure protect him from the temptations that surround him. I do not diminish the danger and impact of corruption in the society, but we should also bear in mind that there are righteous young people who make use of their time wisely by reading the Qur’an and happily attending mosques. They are protected from Satan and saved from lapsing into adultery and fornication.

Some Muslims are in the habit of going to mixed clubs without righteous company, or hanging around beaches where women are almost naked, or watching pornographic films or reading erotic magazines and so on. Then some of them claim to be addicted to pornography and unable to steer clear of adultery or fornication. (Although the initial acts lead to slippery slope in morality, it does not mean the claims of addiction are real. One will be more inclined to say that they are rather shallow.). In fact, Muslim countries are to shoulder the responsibility of bringing up their people according to Allah’s Law. There should be schools and universities for men and others for women; so is the case with hospitals and public transport. In Muslim countries, women should be obliged to wear Hijab, and the media should be directed in a way that bolsters faith and does not destroy morals and spread corruption.

However, what you mentioned in the question does not alter the Islamic ruling concerning Zina (adultery), nor does it abolish or warrant a departure from its punishment, which has been prescribed to preserve people’s honour and protect the sanctity of the Muslim Ummah. The prescribed punishment for Zina in Islam is 100 lashes for an unmarried person, and stoning to death for a married person or a widower. If one is punished for committing Zina in this world, this will be expiation for him; whomever Allah screens and then repents, then it is up to Allah to forgive or punish him. But if a person sincerely repents and turns penitent to Allah seeking His Forgiveness and Pardon, it is most likely that Allah will forgive him and absolve him of the punishment. This may be understood from the Qur’anic verse: “Unless he, repents, believes, and works righteous deeds, for Allah will change the evil of such persons into good, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Al-Furqaan: 70)

Finally, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, previously asked someone that: Do you agree that your mother (commits adultery)? Do you agree that your sister does so? Do you agree that your daughter be allowed to fornicate? In all cases you will answer in the negative regardless of the difficult circumstances you suffer. So, why do you not agree that your mother, your sister, and your daughter be allowed to have extra-marital sex, while in the meantime you appeal for the permission for yourself. You should be keen to preserve the honour of other women so that Allah may protect your kith and kin.”