“As for the thief, both male and female, cut off their hands. It is the reward of their own deeds, an exemplary punishment from Allah. Allah is Mighty, Wise.” — Qur’an 5:38
“The Center for Security Policy wants Americans to think that stoning and amputations are around the corner, but the report can’t quite explain why stonings are so rare and the streets of Saudi Arabia and Iran are not filled with one-armed thieves.” — Sabria Jawhar, Huffington Post, October 19
Two more this week in Iran, Sabria.
Sharia Alert from the Islamic Republic of Iran: “Thief hand cut off ‘before inmates,'” from the UKPA, October 24:
Authorities in Iran have amputated the hand of a convicted thief in front of other prisoners, state radio is reporting.The report did not identify the 32-year-old convict, whose hand was reportedly cut off in the central city of Yazad, or provide details of his crime.
Iran’s judiciary uses a strict interpretation of Islamic law in handing down such sentences. Cutting off the hands of thieves has been rare in the past, but the amputation was the second this month.
A week ago, a judge ordered the same punishment for a man who stole from a sweet shop