024 - Soorah an-Noor - (The Light) - [Madanee]
[024:011] Verily, those who brought forth the slander (against '¬ishah [radhi-yAll‚hu 'anhaa] the wife of the Prophet [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam]) are a group among you. Consider it not a bad thing for you. Nay, it is good for you. To every man among them will be paid that which he had earned of the sin, and as for him among them who had the greater share therein, his will be a great torment.
[024:012] Why then did not the believers, men and women, when you heard it (the slander), think good of their own people and say: "This (charge) is an obvious lie?"
[024:013] Why did they not produce four witnesses against him? Since they (the slanderers) have not produced witnesses! Then with All‚h, they are the liars.
[024:014] Had it not been for the Grace of All‚h and His Mercy to you in this world and in the Hereafter, a great torment would have touched you for that whereof you had spoken.
[024:015] When you were propagating it with your tongues, and uttering with your mouths that whereof you had no knowledge, you counted it a little thing, while with All‚h it was very great.
[024:016] And why did you not, when you heard it, say: "It is not right for us to speak of this. Glorified are You (O All‚h)! This is a great lie."
[024:017] All‚h forbids you from it and warns you not to repeat the like of it forever, if you are believers.
[024:018] And All‚h makes the Ay‚t (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) plain to you, and All‚h is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
[024:019] Verily, those who like that (the crime of) illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter. And All‚h knows and you know not.
[024:020] And had it not been for the Grace of All‚h and His Mercy on you (All‚h would have hastened the punishment upon you). And that All‚h is full of kindness, Most Merciful.
(V.24:12) See Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol. 6, Hadith No. 274 (4750) (The story of the slander against 'Aishah [radhi-yAll‚hu 'anhaa], the wife of Prophet ).