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Thursday, 3 November 2011

What is hudud, and what is all about it?

What is hudud, and what is all about it?
(you asked for this)

It is not about cutting others’ hands. It is not a form of permitted killing spree of the innocent. It is not an ancient, cruel law. Hudud is a law, as we Muslims believe and acknowledge, made by God himself.
Stop laughing, there’s nothing funny about that. Our religion is a guidance. It is a tool of submission to Allah. We learnt that a free market requires government intervention because there is market failure, and so it is with the complex human life. We , all of us, you and me believe in ethics, social norms and attitudes in a ‘free’ life.That’s the basics of an utopian human life,and it sounds perfect. But still, that life fails, like market failures. There are externalities, when adults have free sex, then suddenly innocent children contact HIV. Too many cases of robbery, rapes, children without fathers, cheating spouses, which proves that life sucks. So what is the form of ‘intervention’ that we need? Probably not subsidy and taxes.
Our religion brings solution to these problems. This is based on faiths, and facts, yeah, proof on real life. This law is not just pure theories like legalism , or the Common Law of the Britons, but hudud is proven to be effective as a solution to certain problems of the society.
Saudi Arabia is a country that implement hudud. Look at these sites and compare, the statistics of crime in Arabia and other countries. Believe in what you see.
We had been mocked by the media, by the politicians, about hudud, as a tribal, over-conservative laws of cruelty. Wait a minute, that’s total bullshit. This law provide justice and moral to others, as a form of solution. Nobody has to be afraid of the law if he/she did nothing. If you didn’t steal, then what is the basis of being afraid that everyone’s hands being cut? Unless you did.
God made us, so God knows what’s best for us. Or do we now more than God?
Hudud is just a fraction of the whole system. There is Ta’zir, laws decided by humans for crimes, which the punishment is not mentioned in the Quran and Hadith, such as bribery, drugs and stuff. Hudud is to curb theft ,highway robbery ,illegal sexual intercourse ,false accusation of zina' and drinking alcohol . The punishments are capital punishments - by sword/crucifixion (for highway robbery with homicide), by stoning (for zina' when the offenders are mature, married Muslims) Amputation of hands (for theft and highway robbery without homicide) Flogging with a varying number of strokes (for drinking, zina' when the offenders are unmarried or not Muslims, and false accusations of zina') .
I don’t think I should explain why the crimes above are considered crimes in Islam. The consequences are grave enough.
These punishments are made infront of the public. It is justice for the victims, punishment for the convicted, and morale for the people. It is not to make people afraid, it teaches people to differentiate what is wrong and what is right. Then, if no one ever dared to do such crimes , would those punishments ever occur? A law which educates the people is probably better than laws that pamper prisoners with great jail and food. This is simple logics. Peace.

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