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Quran the Book of Allah

 

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the universe. Peace and salutation upon the messenger of Allah, Muhammad (S.A.W), his family, and companions. Every religion has their divine book and so does Islam also have its divine book. It is known as the Quran. It has been revealed to the best of prophets, Muhammad (S.A.W), for the best of nations, the nation of Nabi Muhammad (S.A.W).

 

A brief history of the revelation of the Quran tells us that Nabi (S.A.W) was sent to a nation drowned in the depths of darkness. They would  bury their daughters alive; make tawaf naked etc. Nabi (S.A.W) did not like their actions, so he isolated himself in a cave known as “the cave of Hira”. Until one day, the angel Gabriel came to him with the first revelation.

 

Perspectives on Hudud from Seekers of Sacred Knowledge

 

Q: Can you explain whether the Shariah legislates Hudud in order to punish criminals for their crimes or to deter them from criminal activities?

A: The objectives of hudud is to stop criminal activities in this world in order for the community to live in peace and harmony. All the punishments laid down by the law, i.e Shariah like cutting off the hand of thieves, giving lashes to a person who commits adultery or death penalty for the murderers are nothing but means to attain this objective. 

As we can see, hudud is very effective in the countries where it is implemented. It has a great impact on the community who abide by it. Let’s take an example of rape cases in the world. If we check the statistics of rape cases we will see that most of the countries without hudud are on the top rank. In South-Africa, America and other countries in general, it is a miracle to say that there is no rape cases reported in one week.

I am not saying that there is no rape cases in Muslim countries where hudud is implemented. What I am trying to prove is that rape cases are far less in countries with hudud than those without hudud.

Through this we can see that punishing people is not the goal behind hudud but to save the community from the evil deeds of others. What matters is what lies behind the punishments and not the punishments itself. In fact, to support this is a saying of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) where he discourages against hudud ( though not obviating the need for it ) states:  

 

( ادرؤو الـحدود عن الـمسلمين ما استطعتم , فإن كان له مـخرج فخلّوا سبيله , فإنّ الإمام أن يـخطئ في العفو خير من أن يـخطئ في العقوبة ) 

“ Avert handing out punishments to muslims as much as you are able to, and if a way out presents itself then open the path leading to it.

Certainly, for the ruler of state to err in showing pardon is better than to err in handing out punishment " 

By: Hamdi Barodi