Answered by Shaykh Gibril F Haddad
Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
This argument shows how far these feminists are from understanding the Religion. Abu Bakrah - Allah be well-pleased with him - was convinced that the man and/or woman in question were guilty and spoke according to his conscience but because the fourth witness retracted his testimony or was found unacceptable, the conviction fell through and the witnesses whipped and declared unreliable. Abu Bakrah suffered through this trial all his life and would say "Fassaquni" - They declared me a Fasiq! This, however, is NOT how countless subsequent generations of hadith Masters consider him but rather a faultless Companion-reporter of the utmost probity whose hadiths are 100% reliable including this one which is in the Sahih, despite what Mernissi, Waris Maqsood and whoever else claim.
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