Sunday, November 13, 2011

Man Dies after Muslims Amputate Hand for Theft

The Qur'an is clear on the punishment for theft:

Qur'an 5:38--And (as for) the man who steals and the woman who steals, cut off their hands as a punishment for what they have earned, an exemplary punishment from Allah; and Allah is Mighty, Wise.

But some people die after having a hand chopped off.

SANA’A: According to reports coming from the southern Yemen province of Abyan, al-Qaeda militants have punished a group of five youth for consuming narcotics by lashing them.

The group, Ansar al Shariah, which has declared it wants to restore their own interpretation of the Sharia Law, or Islamic law, has been handing out public corporal punishment over the past few months.

A young man recently passed away after his hand was cut off as he had been accused of stealing electric cables by the Islamists.

According to al-Arabiya news channel, the punishment was carried out in a field just outside Jaar, a town under the Islamic group’s control in front of dozens of witnesses.

The militants appear to be mimicking the Taliban’s tactics, instilling fear of reprisals into the civilian population as they pervert Islam to serve their own selfish ambitions, analysts say.

After receiving 80 lashes each, the young men were released.

Residents, which have been living in fear ever since the al-Qaeda fighters occupied their town, are now living an absolute nightmare, living under the “tyrannical rule” of a group of “fanatics whose understanding of Islam is biased,” locals argue.

American security experts are warning against a repeat of the Afghani Taliban ruling system in Yemen if the group is not forced out of Abyan and Yemen. (Source)


donna60 said...

This hurts my heart!

WhatsUpDoc said...

This ranks top in my favorite videos Oscar nomination for David for best actor and Nabil for supporting actor.

number 2 on my list is the first burn the Quran day.

Radical Moderate said...

You want Muslims to leave Islam?
Let them have ISLAM.

Usama said...

"The group, Ansar al Shariah, which has declared it wants to restore their own interpretation of the Sharia Law, or Islamic law..."

This comment reveals that the writer doesn't even know what Shari'ah is. Shariah is the words of Qur'an and Sunnah and their legal rulings (ahkam). For example Allah says in Qur'an: "O you who believe, prescribed upon you is fasting as it was prescribed among those before you." (Qur'an 2:183) From this we derive a "hukm ash-Shari'i" that is a "Shari'ah ruling", each Shari'ah ruling is codified because Qur'an says that "Thereupon we sent the Straight Way of Religion (Shari'atin) thereby you may command (al-amri) between people, and do not follow the ways of those who don't know." (Qur'an 45:18)

The word Shari'ah linguistically means "waterway", in other words it is a straight path. This is the reason why you follow all the Shari'ah rulings, because they are all needed to stay on the "Straight Way of Religion".

So the Shari'ah ruling for fasting is just as important as that of stoning or cutting the hands of the thief.

There is no "interpretation" of Shariah. However there can be a interpretation of Fiqh which is a sort of "stepping stones" along the "waterway" of Shari'ah.

In summary (or for more information):

Praise God!

Usama said...

Anybody who makes comments about Shari'ah in this manner again, I advise they should refer to my comment to prevent the spread of such ignorance.

"For so is the will of God, that by well-doing ye should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men." (1 Peter 2:15)

Radical Moderate said...


You wrote...

"So the Shari'ah ruling for fasting is just as important as that of stoning or cutting the hands of the thief."

Thank you for clearifying. Severing Limbs and Stoning people to death in Islam is like taking comunion or baptism for Christians.

Usama said...

Radical Moderate:

You misrepresented what I said, I never did say that Shari'ah was the same as communion or anything of the sort. However, in Islam: the ruling for fasting is just as important as the other rulings because both have evidence in the Sunnah of Muhammad.

Realize the difference, I never went to Christianity as a comparison, you are assuming that I believe Islam is good and Christianity is bad or something of the sort. However, my article has no opinion other than that of Islamic thought itself. I was working in the precepts of Islam specifically and not erring from it, which is what you inevitably fail to understand.

Usama said...

It was narrated from al-Rabee’ ibn Sabrah al-Juhani that his father told him that he was with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) who said, “O people, I used to allow you to engage in mut’ah marriages, but now Allaah has forbidden that until the Day of Resurrection, so whoever has any wives in a mut’ah marriage, he should let her go and do not take anything of the (money) you have given them.”

This Hadith on the other hand supports the idea that Mut'ah is forbidden. However, Shia give evidences from Qur'an and from the ahl al-Bayt (i.e., the progeny of Muahmmad) as well as other scholars who came after Muhammad who support their view.

Here is a more "balanced" look from the Shi'i scholars:

"But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not."