Establishing the Hadd (punishment) of Zinaa using modern methods

Question 10: A slanderer accuses a Muslim of Zinaa (sexual intercourse outside marriage) and fails to bring four witnesses to it. Then the court proved the guilt by the natural evidence, reports from a chemist and a fingerprint specialist, in addition to the circumstantial evidence. Will the penalty for Qadf (falsely accusing a chaste person of involvement in prohibited sexual relations) be administered to the slanderer? It seems that this issue is a free interpretation of the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) concerned.

Answer: It is not valid to prove the crime of Zinaa depending on reports from a chemist and a fingerprint specialist, or circumstantial evidence. This, in fact, implies collection and mixing of evidence, creates charges and doubts and cannot stand for evidence… read more here.