The Punishment of Theft

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

The male thief, and the female thief, you shall 'eqta'u' (cut) their hands as a punishment for what they have committed, and to serve as a deterrent from God. God is Dignified, Wise. 5:38

Due to the misinterpretation of this verse, a non Quranic punishment is being enforced in such Islamic countries.

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

The Punishment for theft in the Quran