Monday, 2 July 2018
National Wealth & its Custodians
وَالسَّارِقُ وَالسَّارِقَةُ فَاقْطَعُوا أَيْدِيَهُمَا جَزَاءً بِمَا كَسَبَا نَكَالًا مِّنَ اللَّهِ
وَاللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ
5:38 (Theft is a crime that steals away the sense of security from a society.) A habitual thief, male or female both, must have their ability (to steal) cut off. This is the reward for their doings, and a deterrent from God. God is Mighty, Wise.
[As-Saariq = Habitual thief. Nakala = Deterrent. For Qat’a yadd, the so-called cutting of hand, please see 12:31 about Egyptian women ‘cutting their hands’. Yadd = Hand = Ability = Power. ‘God’s hand’ at many places in the Qur’an, of course, denotes His Power and authority. So, consider all circumstances with wisdom, and take measures to prevent this crime in the society. See 5:39 for repentance and making amends. If the hand is cut off, where is the room for mercy? Qur’anic Laws are absolutely rational and there is no comparison with the Biblical injunctions. Here is an example from Mathew Chapter 18, verses 8-9, The New King James Version. “And if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into Hell fire.” Can anyone pluck out his own eye? It appears that Muslim translators of the Qur’an rendered Qat'a literally under Biblical influence]
Our political history is replete with pre-election promises and post-election misuse of public funds!
The Quran orders an exemplary punishment which, if executed, has the potential to: bring the corrupt looters to justice; crippling them as they have crippled the nation prevent similar people from aspiring for the public offices, as the risks far outweigh the benefits deter future holders of public office from misusing public funds!
May Allah grant our judiciary the courage and confidence to judge by what has been revealed, so that we may prosper. Aameen.