Does Quran support theft (stealing)?

Posted on 2014-08-23
Last Modified: 2014-09-13

Do You Think Quran (Of Islam) Permits Military Members To Steal?

Question by:SunBow
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    The Punishment of Theft

    The punishment enforced in a number of Islamic countries for the crime of theft is based on the wrong interpretation of the following verse:

    "The male thief, and the female thief, you shall "eqta’u" their hands as a punishment for their deeds, and to serve as a deterrent from God. God is Almighty, Wise" 5:38

    The way these so called Muslims interpret this verse makes them enforce the punishment of severing the hand of anyone caught stealing. But is this the correct interpretation of God's words in 5:38?

    To determine the correct meaning of 5:38 we analyse the key word in the verse. The key word in this verse is the Arabic word "eqta’u".

    The word ‘eqta’u’ (which is the commnd from of the word ‘qata’aa’) has been wrongly interpreted by the traditional scholars to mean ‘to sever’. But the word for sever in Arabic is ‘batara’. In 108:3 we read the word ‘abtar” which speaks of he who has been cut off (his progeny severed). In 5:38 God did not use the word ‘batara’ but used the word ‘eqta’u’. The act of cutting can simply mean causing a wound or a marking. An example is of one who would be working in the kitchen and then may say “I have cut my hand”, this does not mean that he severed his hand!
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    I've some wonder about The Islamic State chasing peoples from homes they can loot. Then again, looting prisoners before killing them 100 or so at a time, then again, robbing banks as in Mosul:

    Funding And Banking ISIS - By Ann Hollingshead - June 20, 2014
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS for short, recently became the world’s wealthiest terrorist organization. In fact, with an estimated net worth of $2 billion -
    .. the bulk of ISIS’s support came from wealthy donors in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia
    ISIS’s big financial injection came earlier this month when it captured the Iraqi city of Mosul. During that invasion, ISIS broke into the city’s central bank, stealing close to $500 million, and it looted millions more.
    Afterward, with the money they robbed from banks and the value of the military supplies they looted, they could add another $1.5 billion to that.”

    ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq - 07.07.14

    Al-Baghdadi's speech full of flaws, Iraqi clerics say - By Hassan al-Obaidi - 2014-07-25
    "Everyone has found mistakes in the sermon of the so-called al-Baghdadi such that not even a student of Sharia would make,"
    In addition, the ISIL leader held prayers at Mosul Mosque, even though Salafism prohibits holding prayers at shrines, he said, adding that this means al-Baghdadi's prayers were null and void.

    Al-Baghdadi watch
    ISIL claims 'defender' glory while stealing furniture from Anbar families: officials - 2014-04-15 By Mohammed al-Qaisi in Anbar
    "ISIL robbed about 300 homes in Fallujah and Ramadi
    ... electrical appliances, clothes, personal items, gold jewellery and private cars had been stolen
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    by:Paul Sauvé
    It is not because people commit illegal acts that any religion condones them...


    "With God On Our Side"

    Oh my name it is nothin'
    My age it means less
    The country I come from
    Is called the Midwest
    I's taught and brought up there
    The laws to abide
    And the land that I live in
    Has God on its side.

    Oh the history books tell it
    They tell it so well
    The cavalries charged
    The Indians fell
    The cavalries charged
    The Indians died
    Oh the country was young
    With God on its side.

    The Spanish-American
    War had its day
    And the Civil War too
    Was soon laid away
    And the names of the heroes
    I's made to memorize
    With guns on their hands
    And God on their side.

    The First World War, boys
    It came and it went
    The reason for fighting
    I never did get
    But I learned to accept it
    Accept it with pride
    For you don't count the dead
    When God's on your side.

    When the Second World War
    Came to an end
    We forgave the Germans
    And then we were friends
    Though they murdered six million
    In the ovens they fried
    The Germans now too
    Have God on their side.

    I've learned to hate Russians
    All through my whole life
    If another war comes
    It's them we must fight
    To hate them and fear them
    To run and to hide
    And accept it all bravely
    With God on my side.

    But now we got weapons
    Of the chemical dust
    If fire them we're forced to
    Then fire them we must
    One push of the button
    And a shot the world wide
    And you never ask questions
    When God's on your side.

    In a many dark hour
    I've been thinkin' about this
    That Jesus Christ
    Was betrayed by a kiss
    But I can't think for you
    You'll have to decide
    Whether Judas Iscariot
    Had God on his side.

    So now as I'm leavin'
    I'm weary as Hell
    The confusion I'm feelin'
    Ain't no tongue can tell
    The words fill my head
    And fall to the floor
    If God's on our side
    He'll stop the next war.
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    "In the name of god I now pronounce _________"
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    TY, moving on. Next MQ re: Quran here:
    Does Qur'an support Prophethood of John_the_Baptist?

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