Reforming individuals- The Prophet Method

A young man went to the prophet and asked:

“Messenger of God, give me permission to commit adultery.”

The companions of the Prophet shouted at the youth.  The Prophet restrained them and told the young man to come close to him.  The young man came and sat before the Prophet who asked him:

“Do you like adultery to be commited with your mother?”

“No! May God make me your ransom!”

“In the same way, people would not like it for their mothers. Would you like it for your daughter?

“No! May God make me your ransom!”

“In the same way, people would not like it for their daughters. Would you like it for your sister?

In this way, the Prophet continued, mentioning the youth’s maternal and paternal aunts.  Each time, the youth answered “No!” and  the Prophet replied,

“In the same way, people would not like it.”

Finally, the Prophet placed his hand on the youth’s chest and said:”O Lord, purify his heart, forgive his sins, and preserve his chastity.”

Thereafter, there was nothing more odious and detestable to the youth than adultery.

Taken from the book: Islam the natural way, page 90

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