The explanation of why women are still being stoned comes not from religion itself but rather from the role of religion in the search for a new identity in a region, plagued with turmoil, where women are a very important symbol of a family's honor.
But let's start at the beginning: Islam does indeed have the judgment of stoning for those who are engaged in sexual activities outside of marriage.
Firstly, there must be four eyewitnesses to the actual act itself before judgment can be passed -- something that is very hard to get anywhere in the world. Second, both parties -- men and women -- should be treated equally under this judgment.
Both these facts are completely overlooked by fundamentalists who are adamant about picking only what they like out of Islam.
As for the rest of Muslims -- the moderate majority -- though they are familiar with the stoning issue, they know to take the spirit of what applied thousands of years ago and apply its lesson in terms of encouraging modesty among women and men in modern days, rather than the actual stoning.
I asked young women from Jordan, Syria and the UAE about the stoning of Rokhsana after her attempted escape with a man her age, and their response had nothing to do with stoning -- though all are religious and wear the headscarf.
"There is a reason for everyone's behavior -- her escaping without her parents' approval is wrong, but that can be dealt with in different ways other than punishment," Manar, 21, said. "No one does stoning anymore -- these were other days."
Those who are still stoning are in the minority, but they're also the loudest in their selective implementation of the religion. For them -- whether it's the Taliban or Daesh (also known as ISIS) -- the only way to gain power is to claim it from a very particular part of religion, and only in the areas they deem necessary. And to these groups, women are the lowest denominator, used to prove their masculinity and their claim to power -- to themselves and to the world.