Sunday, January 20


I received several email forwards this morning and one of them, sent by an Indian lady friend is too disturbing to be ignored.

I checked for clarity. True enough, 'peykeiran' is the independent Iranian online newspaper. Yet something seems to be wrong somewhere. I don't understand why those pictures were taken and posted in the worldwide web. Other than the writings, there is no verification that the event actually took place in Iran. And the message is indeed disturbing, when it is circulated among Christian and non-Muslims who are liable to condemn the act to Islam as a bad religion.

May I state here that Islam does not teach people to mistreat children. Some ignorants may connect it to hudud las but even hudud laws do not condone such hideous act, because hudud will hold the parents and society responsible for letting a hungry child steal a piece of bread, therefore no punishment will be given to the child. Certainly not by crushing his hand.

The Iranian nation has diverted from the true teachings of Islam. Young women, some as young as 13 has been wrongly persecuted and human rights ignored. Children and teenagers especially girls, if indeed the pictures above happened to take place in that country, are often abused in the name of Islam. Often other nations like to highlight this injustice and accuse all the 'Iran's divinely ordained' harsh punishments to the Islam religion.
May I also add here that there are many nations that imprison and torture children and teenagers. Not all of them are so-called Islamic nations. One of them is the nation ruled either by the Republicans or Democrats. The country which declares itself as a liberated country has a large number of child offenders in prisons, awaiting executions for crimes they committed. So shall we also blame that country or blame Christianity for those punishments on children, as most of its citizens are Christians?
It saddens me when looking at those pictures. Children should not be punished so severely for a piece of bread, but they are. I told my non-Muslim friends that the people who did that crime are not following the true teachings of Islam and prophet Muhammad... if indeed the people in the pictures are Iranians, they are Shiites.
"But they are Muslims too, aren't they?" they asked.
Well, I abide by the sayings below.
On one occasion ash-Shaafi`ee said concerning the Shi`ites, "I have not seen among the heretics a people more famous for falsehood than the Raafidite Shi`ites." [Ibn Taymeeyah, Minhaaj as-Sunnah an-Nabawiyyah, 1/39] On another occasion he said, "Narrate knowledge from everyone you meet except the Raafidite Shi`ites, because they invent Hadeeths and adopt them as part of their religion." [Ibid, p. 38]
Ibn Hazm al-Andaloosee
One day during the period of Muslim rule in Spain, Imaam Abu Muhammad ibn Hazm was having a debate with some Spanish Catholic priests about their religious texts. He brought before them evidence of textual distortions in the Bible and the loss of original manuscripts. When they replied by pointing out to him Shi`ite claims also being distorted, Ibn Hazm informed them that Shi`ite could not be used as evidence against the Quraan or against Muslims because they are not themselves Muslims." [Ibn Hazm, al-Fisaal fee al-Milal wa an-Nihal, 2/78 and 4/182] Their claims have been rebutted by numerous other early scholars like Ibn Taymeeyah in Minhaaj as-Sunnah, adh-Dhahabee in Muntaqaa min Minhaaj al-I`tidaal, Ibn Katheer in his history book [al-Bidaayah wa an-Nihaayah], Ibn al-Jawzee in Talbees Iblees, and al-Qaadee ibn al-`Arabee in al-`Awwaasim min al-Qawaasim.


  1. assalamou alaikum sister,

    this story is highly suspect. to the best of my knowledge hudood laws are only applicable to mature adults (those who have passed puberty and are of sane mind). also the hudood punishment for stealing is chopping of hands and not crushing of bones. it is not meant to serve the purpose of continuous torture and pain but as a reminder and a deterrent.

    the scholar's you have mentioned are respectable. however, please also recognize that many respectable muslim scholars have considered the shia to be muslims. to attribute the actions witnessed in these pictures to shi'i islam is akin to associating the punishment handed down to rape victims in saudi arabia to sunni islam. would that be justice?

  2. Waalaikummussalam warahmatullah,
    brother khany,
    thanks for your comment..well noted. I agree with your concept of hudud laws. As for whether Shiites are Muslims, wll only Allah knows best.

    I chose to highlight the pictures because I myself suspect they have been manipulated by certain parties. But bear in mind that they are being circulated worldwide among non-Muslims firstly, with blame on Islam (read the second picture)and secondly as blame on the Iran government.
    I open the topic to readers' own interpretations.