“And come not near to Zinaa. Verily, it is a great sin and an evil way.” (Sura Al-Israa verse 32)
Zinaa, in Arabic, means immorality, and is referred to ‘Unlawful Sexual Acts’ Abu Hurayrah (r.a) narrated from the Prophet (s.a.w): The Zinaa of the eye is a glance, the Zinaa of the tongue is speaking, and the Zinaa of the mind is wishing and hoping; then the private part either acts upon this or it does not.’” [Bukhari, Muslim]
Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (r.a) said: “Zinaa is not always associated with the private part itself, but may involve other faculties such as the eyes and so on.” Ibn Battaal (r.a) said: “Looking and speaking are called Zinaa because they lead to real Zinaa. This is why he said that the private part either acts upon this or it does not”
Allah's order in the Qur’an to stay away from Zinaa.
Zinaa is one of the forbidden deeds, one of the most serious major sins (kabaa’ir) after shirk and murder. Allah says in Surah Furqaan, verse 68-70, “And those who invoke not any other god along with Allah, nor kill such life as Allah has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit Zinaa, and whoever does this shall receive the punishment. The torment will be doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein in disgrace; except those who repent and believe and do righteous deeds, for those Allah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
“And come not near to Zinaa. Verily, it is a great sin and an evil way.” (Sura Al-Israa verse 32) Imaam al-Qurtubi (r.a) said: “The ‘ulama’ said that the phrase “And come not near to Zinaa” is more eloquent than merely saying ‘Do not commit Zinaa’, because the meaning is, Do not even come close to Zinaa.” This means not doing any deed that may get close to Zinaa or lead to it, such as being alone with a member of the opposite sex, touching, looking, going to evil places, speaking in a haraam manner to a woman to whom one is not related, thinking about and planning immoral acts, and so on.
Rasulullah (s.a.w) explained: “If one of you were to be stabbed in the head with a piece of iron it would be better for him than if he were to touch a woman whom it is not permissible for him to touch.” (Reported by al-Tabaraani; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 5045). This ahadith merely refers to touching, so how about worse deeds, such as embracing and kissing, and even worse kinds of illicit activity?
"The woman and the man guilty of Zinaa, flog each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not pity withhold you in their case, in a punishment prescribed by Allah, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of the believers witness their punishment." [Al-Qur'an 24:2] The Jurists say that the last verse quoted above is the punishment for fornicators who have never been married. If a person was ever married before committing the crime of Zinaa, he or she is to be punished by stoning to death. This is established by the practice of the Prophet (s.a.w). If they are not punished in this world and die without repentance (by regretting, leaving the sin, and so forth), they will be punished in the Fire with whips of fire.
In a tradition transmitted by Bukhari, on the authority of Samurah ibn Jundab (r.a), concerning a dream of the Prophet (s.a.w) in which the Prophet (s.a.w) was accompanied by Jibreel (a.s), The Prophet (s.a.w) said: "We went on and arrived near a pit which was like an oven, out of which we could hear cries. We glanced into it and saw naked men and women, who cried out when the flames reached them from below. I asked, "Who are these, O Jibreel?" He replied: "Males and females who have committed Zinaa."
“O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance…” [Al Qur’an 66:8]
Those who have fallen into the trap of Shaitan in doing Zinaa, Inshallah repent now ; for there will be a time when there’ll be no more tomorrow in our life. And I humbly request every soul that believes in Allah and in the hereafter to convey to others the prohibition and harmful effects of Zinaa. Together we stamp out Zinaa from our Society !