A month back a friend of mine found some money on a road when he was walking there. He tried to search for the owner of the amount, but all in vain. He took the money with him and continued his search for many days but he failed to find the owner of the money. Now on the behalf of my friend I request you to guide me and my friend in this matter. Can he use that money for his own benefit, if so, how should he use the money so that he would not be committing a sin?
The best way is to find out the law of the land. He should proceed what the law says. If the law is silent on the issue then he should decide to give it away to someone needy. If he himself is needy he may also use it himself. May Allah bless your friend and you and make us follow the path of His choice. Amen.
If a man and woman have extra-marital relations and later they get married, how should they repent. Should they confess their crime? Should this matter be reported matter to the authorities
If we deliberate on the various forms of Islamic punishments, in particular on the punishment of Qadf (wrongly accusing someone of fornication) mentioned in the Qur’ān, it becomes evident that in sins that do not relate to the violation of rights of a party, the Almighty does not like that a criminal confess to his crime himself or that those who are aware of his crime report this matter to the authorities.
The Quran says that if a believer kills another believer then he will go to hell but what if it is in self-defense? What should I do then? Where I live there are many youngsters that are Muslims but are very criminal and they do very bad things. What should I do when for example they try to break into my home?
All the Islamic laws are based on universal moral values and reason. The Qur’an condemns and prescribes punishment for murder. Murder is the crime of intentionally (thus self-defense is excluded) causing the death of another human being, without lawful excuse (thus killing a criminal by the state itself or by the heirs of a slain after the judgment of the court does not come under it).It involves your volition and liberty to act. It is…
I am a student of law and presently working on the comparative study of murder and homicide law in Islam and in the Western legal tradition. While doing research on the topic of honour killings I came across with the various judgments of Pakistani courts and of other Islamic countries courts wherein the judges viewed such killings as justified for various reasons:
1. the adulterous is otherwise liable to be punished with death,
2. the murder is committed because of ghairat and the prophet (pbh) has asked people to defend their ghariat,
3.murder is committed because of IZTARAR
4. the person who commits adultery becomes ghair Masoom-ud-dam
5. the killing is done in the discharge of duty which rests upon every Muslim to eliminate evil in possible ways.
These are the five main contentions with some more flimsy reason/grounds they consider while dealing with such murderers with indulgence. I have some very serious objections on all of their arguments. Firstly, Nobody in Islam is allowed to take law in his own hands. Secondly, if the people committing adultery are murdered how the murderer would prove that they were committing such an act which was liable for the death penalty. Thirdly, in saying this he should have brought the evidence which is required to prove the offence of zina - four witnesses who had seen the commission of the sexual acts. Fourthly, no individual can declare another individual a gair Masum-ud-dam. Fifthly, the obligation to eliminate the evil cannot be extended to an extent wherein the wrongdoer may be killed.
There is a lot which my research suggests but I would like to take benefit of your opinion before concluding my research on this topic. I shall be very grateful if you could explain the issue with reference to some primary sources of Islamic law.
Since I have not read any verdicts on honour killings in Pakistan or elsewhere I would comment on the issue in the light of the information you have passed on to me. We do not think that someone who has taken the life of another soul can be let walk free on the given grounds.
We believe that in simple cases of fornication/adultery and rape the victor could be sentenced to death. The Holy Qur’an clearly…
What is the penalty prescribed by the Sharia’h for accidently hitting and killing a person in road accidents?
What follows is the related part of Mr Ghamidi's Mizan. In these passages he has described the Shari'ah law regarding unintentionally killing a person. Traffic accidents and resultant are a form of such killings.
"The Qur'anic penalty law regarding unintentional killing can be summarized as follows:
If the murdered person is a Muslim citizen of a Muslim State or if he is not a Muslim but belongs to a nation with which a treaty has been…
1- The Holy Qur'an tells us to "stay away" from alcohol. No where it says it is "haram". Whey then it is declared haram by the Muslims?
1. The holy Qur'an does not always call something haram that it intends to prohibit. It uses other styles of expression. Sometimes a thing is already known as forbidden even through the innate guidance the humans enjoy. The Qur'an merely refers to that. For example you wouold not find the Qur'an talking on the evil of falsehood, treachery or the gooness of tuth, mercifulness etc. The prohibition of intoxicants (not the substance called alcohol) lies…
Dear Mr. Ghamidi,
Assalaam o alaikum
If someone, who is otherwise a good human being, has committed a murder in the past under some circumstances, and the person he killed was not a good human being and he had rapped 2 women, will he ever be forgiven for that sin? Furthermore the person who was killed misbehaved with the father of that good guy that made him so angry and he decided to kill him. And after that murder that guy was attacked 2 times and was nearly put to death but somehow he survived. I would like to tell you that this guy is a doctor and is a very good human being. He is very honest to his job but he is being haunted by the guilt that he killed someone. He fears that even if he ask for forgiveness Allah won't forgive him. Kindly help me in solving his problem. Tell me whether Allah will ever forgive him or not.
A crime is actually a crime. Killing bad person is not different from killing a good one. God has prohibited taking a human life. The only allowable way for humans to take a life is when he has killed another person or created nuisance in the land. This too will be conducted and implemented by the court and not individuals. Therefore, if an individual or a goup of them kill another no matter what circumstances…
Islamic punishments like, for example, chopping hands off for stealing and capital punishment for murder sound unfair to many. Can these punishments be awarded and executed nowadays when everything is defined by the value of acknowledged human rights, it is often maintained? Many western countries already hold them to be unethical. Instead of these extreme punishments that were exercised during the remote past, now stress is laid on lighter version of punishment for any social crime. My question is: is it against the commandmant of Allah to replace the strict punishemtns prescribed in the law with the lighter ones even when the offender is a professional?
The Islamic punishments on a few crimes are the part of the Shari'ah we have to follow. For example the punishment of cutting the hands of the thief is universal as is the capital punishment for murder.
How to answer non-Muslims about marriage of Prophet (sws) with Hazrat Aisha ? Is rajam (stoning) an Islamic punishment justified in this modern era? What should be the attitude of Muslims towards homosexuals in this western society, where they are accepted by law and community?
For our view on the age of Hazrat Aaeshah (rta) at the time of her marriage please refer to: http://www.understanding-islam.com/related/text.aspx?type=question&qid=375
Can the Islamic State punish a non-Muslim citizen who commits offense against a Muslim? For example if a non-Muslim citizen steals a Muslim's property, will the culprit's hand be cut? Or if a non-Muslim citizen commits adultery with a Muslim citizen, will the non-Muslim culprit be sentenced to death (rajam) along with the Muslim culprit?
I am in debate with a non-Muslim lady, who is a well read person. I need to clarify certain issues regarding Islamic punishments, in particular the punishment for fornication. The questions on which I require your answers are:
i. Does the Shari‘ah differentiate between an unmarried, married and a married person who commits adultery while awarding punishment.
ii. In case of a rape victim needing to provide four witnesses to prove her allegations against the rapist, is there any Ijtihad, which makes use of modern medical science (DNA test to confirm identification of the criminal) in absence of failure to produce witnesses?
iii. If no, (that is if the victim fails to prove that she was raped due to absence of such witnesses) would the victim of the rape be punished for qadhf (falsely accusing someone of fornication?
The issue of Islamic punishments is a very critical one. There are many questions which arise on the interpretation of traditional scholars in this regard. A contemporary scholar, Mr. Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, after thorough research in the matter, opines that the traditional view is not acceptable owing to various reasons. His research has been published in detail in the Sep2002 issue of the journal. I will answer your question in the light of his findings.…
I live in UK and am trying to dispel some of the misconceptions that I have regarding some sensiytive issues. I was very concerned about the issue on punishment for apostasy. In this regards I came across Mr Shahezad Saleem’s views on the following youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8Y6WpnFKJM>.
Mr Javed Ahmed Ghamidi’s research on the topic has led him to believe that the Islamic Shari’ah does not prescribe any punishment for the apostates. The prophetic sayings regarding executing those who converted from Islam during his lifetime are not general Shari’ah commandments. They are but an application of the Divine Law regarding the Messengers of God and their direct addressees. What follows is translation of Mr Ghahmidi’s analysis of the issue: