THE MAJOR SINS #23

sins#23. Stealing

Stealing is another major sin that is widespread in many forms. “The one who steals is a corrupt element in a society, and if he is left unpunished, his corruption will spread and infect the body of the ummah as it is seen everywhere in the world today.” The hadd punishment is to cut off the thief’s hand.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And (as for) the male thief and the female thief, cut off (from the wrist joint) their (right) hands as a recompense for that which they committed, a punishment by way of example from Allaah. And Allaah is All Powerful, All Wise” [al-Maa’idah 5:38]

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “May Allaah curse the thief who steals an egg and has his hand cut off, or steals a rope and has his hand cut off.” (Bukhari).

“However, some conditions must be fulfilled before the hand of a thief is cut off. These conditions are as follows:
1- The stolen property should be something of worth, because that which is of no worth has no sanctity, such as musical instruments, wine and pigs.
2- The value of the stolen property should be above a certain limit, which is three Islamic dirhams or a quarter of an Islamic dinar, or their equivalent in other currencies.
3- The stolen property should have been taken from a place where it had been put away, i.e., a place where people usually put their property, such as a cupboard, for example.
4- The theft itself has to be proven, either by the testimony of two qualified witnesses or by the confession of the thief twice.”
5- The person from whom the property was stolen has to ask for it back; if he does not, then (the thief’s) hand does not have to be cut off.

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…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth

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