Saturday, August 27, 2005

Crime and Punishment

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Crime and Punishment

A few weeks ago a friend of mine was talking about the recent dramatic increase in the number of crimes in specific burglaries in Bahrain. She said and quiet seriously "the government should have those bastard thieves' hands chopped off!". I simply objected and everybody was against me as I'm sure some of you are now.

The Islamic Shari'ah mentioned that before sentencing the criminal for punishment, certain rules shall apply, and each crime has its own set of rules. Those crimes are:

1.Murder
2.Brigandage and plunder.
3.High treason.
4.Defamation.
5.Adultery
6.Theft.

The Holy Qur'an states that the first three crimes have a fixed punishment which is capital punishment because they are crimes against God's law. However, Defamation and Adultery's punishment is neither death, nor stoning or strangling but limited whipping. Theft's punishment, on the other hand, and as we all know, cutting the hand. The Islamic judge is required to look at a higher level of proof and reasons why the person committed the crime. A judge can only impose the punishment when a person confesses to the crime or there are enough witnesses to the crime. The usual number of witnesses is two (two men or a man and two women's testimony). In the case of adultery, however, four witnesses are required. When there is doubt about the guilt of a crime or there is no confession to a crime or not enough witnesses to the crime, the judge must treat the crime as a lesser one.

"You can't go chopping people's hands off!" I said but no one dare asked me why. It's not that I'm against Islam, but Islam isn't an easy-to-handle religion. It needs a certain amount of thoroughness and carefulness when applied. As we all know, our judicial system is a joke and may I say corrupt beyond imagination?! So how in God's name do you want "our respectable judges" to sentence a criminal to death or have his/her hand chopped off when there are people who are hungry, homeless, unemployed…etc? The answer to the dramatic increase in number of crimes, in my opinion, is harder punishment; YES!!! But first feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and employ the unemployed; clean our courts from the corruption they are so deeply buried under. Let the people feel safe and secure and after that if and when they steal, chop off their hands and I will gladly be the first to applaud.

"When a town grows, crime grows with it".
Victor Hugo

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi


when somebody is very very rich and steals from the state's funds..what does islam say about that? i need your fatwa mr ayatollah!

2:04 AM  
Blogger The Joker said...

If it was up to me I think they should be shot through a pipe full of razors into an alcohol pool!

Besides, the writer didn't argue for a religious court so you can use that witty tone.

6:11 AM  
Anonymous ExCluSivE said...

anonymous.. you simply didnt understand jack shit from the article! i guess thats why you posted it under anonymous! but in our country and in our days they'll simply let them go, in case your're not smart enough to figure that out by yourself!

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi evrybody

i undrstand your supressed anger. still you have to answere me what Islam, your reference says in such cases. if you don't know please pay some efforts,dig deeper and try to answer..if you don't find any thing ..come to the twenty first century and talk in a way that everybody in the world can understand..that is the un charter, human rights declartion and international law...please don't resort to something 1400 years old. thanks

1:52 AM  
Blogger The Joker said...

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6:12 AM  
Blogger The Joker said...

Sir, do you read backwards? Read all my posts... does it anywhere say that Islamic law makes any sense?
Even the featured writer said the same thing. Heckle someone with the impression that we need to resort to religious courtship. You're barking up the wrong tree.

Please don't lump us all as religious fundamentalists. We're people too, you know.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous exclusive said...

Our Islam says either you're rich or poor doesn't matter, they chop your right hand, if you steal again they chop your left hand and if you steal the third time they'll actually chop your leg. Be well informed before you embarrass yourself and hurt my intelligence!
In a country buried in corruption UN charter won't do us any good trust me!
In case you didn't get it from my article our country doesn't apply Islamic law, I'm against people in this country who want and suggest applying it because they think it will stop crime! That's what I'm trying to say all along!
plz read the article one last time hope u understand my message this time!

10:20 AM  
Anonymous exclusive said...

our country doesn't apply Islamic law in cases of crimes.

10:28 AM  

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