Sunday, 18 October 2009 08:32

Can the Hudud Be Given a Fresh Interpretation?

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hududThis article proposes a substantive revision of the established meaning of hudud, utilising a scriptural as opposed to a juristic approach. The article notes that hudud in the Qur’an signifies limits on behaviour set by God Most High, rather than punishments. This latter meaning is of a later, juristic origin. Hadd is an offence for which punishment is specified in the Qur’an or in authentic Hadith. The Qur’an specifies four such offences: adultery, theft, slanderous accusation and highway robbery. Some jurists later added wine drinking and apostasy, while still others added mutiny or rebellion against ruling authority. Professor Kamali argues that repentance and forgiveness should be incorporated into the revised understanding of hudud, as the Qur’an places a strong emphasis on compassion and leniency, something that has not been reflected in the fiqh tradition.... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Professor Dato' Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali is founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.