Friday, September 30, 2016
The best translation of hudud is “boundaries or limitations”. In Islam, this refers to the limits of acceptable behavior. If you go beyond the limits, you are breaking the law and deserve punishment (Quran 2:187). Hudud crimes are those related to leaving Islam (apostasy), unlawful sex, killing, stealing and use of alcohol.
Punishment includes death by stoning or beheading, amputation of the right hand, imprisonment, flogging and fines. Such punishments are considered “debts” that need to be paid to God. Repentance does not exempt the “sinner” from receiving his due punishment.
The purpose of such penalties is to serve as a deterrent, to stop the “sinner” from repeating his sins, and to put fear in the hearts of others tempted to break Islamic laws!
Almighty God, our Father, we stand in awe of your grace and mercy. We are all fallen humans and deserve only…
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