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Discretionary punishments & prison sentences

Published: 24/08/2011 12:11:00 PM GMT
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I have not read anything about prisons in the Qur'an and Sunnah? Can a crininal be imprisoned in Islam or given some other punishment not found in the Qur'an and Sunnah?


Answered by

Sheikh Sâmî al-Mâjid

In Islamic Law, a ruler may impose a discretionary punishment (ta`zîr) when no prescribed punishment is given in Islamic Law for a certain crime. Likewise, the ruler may decide to give a stricter punishment than the prescribed punishment.

This discretionary punishment can thake many forms, like a fine, imprisonment, and in some cases the death pealty. The law in Saudi Arabia, for instance, is that it is permissible for a judge to apply the death penalty as a punishment for drug smugglers who bring large quantities of drugs into society.

Source: Islam Today




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