Does Quran support theft (stealing)?

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

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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
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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SunBowAuthor Commented:
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
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
It is not because people commit illegal acts that any religion condones them...


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SunBowAuthor Commented:
SunBowAuthor Commented:
"In the name of god I now pronounce _________"
SunBowAuthor Commented:
TY, moving on. Next MQ re: Quran here:
Does Qur'an support Prophethood of John_the_Baptist?
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