36 Or Adultery #19
The Arabic word zina, here translated as adultery, signifies both
fornication and adultery. It applies not only to sexual relations between
a married person and someone who is not his or her spouse, but also to
extramarital sexual intercourse in general. One form of zina is rape.
The only penalty prescribed by Baha'u'llah is for those who commit
fornication (see note 77); penalties for other kinds of sexual offence are
left to the Universal House of Justice to determine.
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