Saudi Justice Minister defends tough Sharia punishments, says they can’t be changed

At least he tells the truth:

Saudi Arabia’s Justice Minister has defended tough Sharia punishments such as beheading, cutting off hands and lashing, claiming they “cannot be changed” because they are enshrined in Islamic law.

“These punishments are based on divine religious texts and we cannot change them,” Mohammed Al Eissa reportedly said during a recent speech in Washington.
Saudi Justice Minister defends tough Sharia punishments, says they can’t be changed“Islam is a religion of wisdom that calls for dialogue with other religious faiths and peaceful coexistence with other communities. “If it was not a good religion, it would not have lasted for more than 1400 years and won millions of followers around the world.”

Saudi Justice Minister defends tough Sharia punishments, says they can’t be changed

This is odd. After all, the renowned scholar of Sharia Reza Aslan has said: “There’s really no such thing as just Sharia, it’s not one monolithic Continuum – Sharia is understood in thousands of different ways over the 1,500 years in which multiple and competing schools of law have tried to construct some kind of civic penal and family law code that would abide by Islamic values and principles, it’s understood in many different ways…”

1,500 years! That would take us back to the year 514 — so apparently Aslan thinks that Sharia predates Islam, which according to the canonical view came into being nearly 100 years after that, in 610, when Muhammad supposedly received his first revelation from the angel Gabriel.

Anyway, I am confident that Aslan is jetting to Riyadh right now in order to explain to Mohammed Al Eissa that he is misunderstanding Sharia, and that it is actually amorphous beyond categorization, and need not involve stonings, amputations and beheadings at all.

“Saudi minister says beheading, lashings ‘cannot be changed,’” by Courtney Trenwith, Arabian Business, June 11, 2014 (thanks to JW):

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7 thoughts on “Saudi Justice Minister defends tough Sharia punishments, says they can’t be changed”

  1. Well there you have it – right out of the horses (or camels) mouth ….
    Saudi Arabia’s Justice Minister has defended tough Sharia punishments such as beheading, cutting off hands and lashing, claiming they “cannot be changed” because they are enshrined in Islamic law.

    So finally – it looks like islam has to go !

  2. Its not the fact they can’t change this Barbaric system of Sharia Law. They don’t want to. Its far easier to control people under Sharia, Less Apostates to deal with because people are too frightened to leave Islam. The Christian old Testament was full of Savage punishments, but that was changed . But then Christians don’t kill people for leaving the faith do they? Lets face it, Islam and Muslims are Savages stuck in the 7th century ,who use violence and intimidation on their own people. This insures that Muslims don’t leave the faith. Without this Intimidation Islam would collapse and die. Time to Boycott all countries that practice Sharia Law. Stop all trade, Banking, Aid No more western goodies, including Weapons. If they act like their 7th century ancestors, then they can go back to living like them. TO HELL WITH ISLAM and the Saudis.

  3. The truth is that all major religions in the world preach compassion, forgiveness and mercy over vengeance. The brutal human punishments are inconsistent with these religious teachings. Proponents of capital punishment often and unfairly use religion to justify state-sanctioned killing, torture and violence.

  4. ACADP – Australia, you clearly have not read the qu’ran, Islam does NOT preach ‘compassion, forgiveness and mercy over vengeance” in any way, shape or form, educate yourself before making such ignorant comments!!

  5. @Neaty:
    Peace, forgiveness, valuing human life, these are the principles that govern Islam. The Holy Qura’n states that it is preferable for people to forgive. Allah makes it more rewarding to the slain family to forgive than to execute the sentence of death on the murderer.

    “If the brother of the slain makes any remission, then grant any reasonable demand and compensate him with handsome gratitude. This is a concession and a mercy from your Lord.” [Qur’an, 2:178]

    “If you pardon and overlook and forgive, indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful and you shall receive special blessings from Allah.” [Quran, 64:14]

  6. [Qur’an, 2:178]
    this “verse” has been abrogated by “violent verses”
    [5:45] AND [17:33]

    [Quran, 64:14]
    This verse is taken out of context and applies only to muslims treatment of muslims.
    The “Verse of the Sword” which refers to Quran 9:5 and abrogates around 113 qur’anic verses and describes how muslims treat non-muslims.

    And FROM a no longer active link ….
    A Short Summary of the Quran submitted by a contributor …
    • I have read the Quran umpteen times there is no secret formula there to make muslims great.
    • It has nothing but threats, obey, submit, cringe, grovel, thank, pray like robots & praise 24/7.
    • It is a most confusing, tiring, repetitive, jumbled up, zero-miraculous, boring & primarily threatening book.”
    • There is only one clear Message, “Obey/submit” or burn forever, simple as that.
    • Nothing to write home about.

    And additional notes ….
    • The Qur’an is read in “Chronological Order” not “Traditional Order” (which is longest verse to shortest verse).
    • This was “A Method” devised to obfuscate islam to non-muslims.
    • The “Chronological Order” allows the reader to determine which verse is abrogated by a later more violent verse.
    • islam and its submitters BELONG with ‘Muhammad’.

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