Enormities: Theft

This is another article in the chapter Enormities from the classical manual on Sharia called Reliance of the Traveller. The articles are posted one by one in the order they are given in the book.

p21.0 THEFT
p21.1 Allah Most High says:
“Thieves, male or female – cut off their hands in retribution for what they have earned, as an exemplary punishment from Allah. Allah is Almighty and Wise” (Koran 5:38).
p21.2 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
(1) “Allah curse the thief whose hand is cut for stealing a rope.”
(2) “If Muhammad’s daughter Fatima stole, I would cut off her hand.”
p21.3 A thief’s repentance is of no benefit to him until he returns whatever he stole (dis: p77.3). If moneyless, he must have the victim absolve him of financial responsibility.

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