Ordeal by fire ( bish'a) is prevalent among the Bedouin tribes living in desert and urban regions. When a Bedouin is accused of a wrongdoing, he is taken to the person who conducts the procedure (mubashi') who then heats a piece of round iron until it is red hot and then asks the accused to lick it. The accused is considered innocent if he remains unharmed. He is found guilty if he is harmed or refuses to lick the piece of iron.
We would like a clarification of the ruling of Islamic law on this matter.