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

This verse has been totally misinterpreted and thus a non Quranic punishment for theft is being enforced in a number of Islamic countries.

For a detailed study of the correct meaning of 5:38, and for the Quranic punishment for theft, please check the following page:

The Punishment for theft in the Quran