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Punishment under sharia law for theft is amputation of hands:

[As for] the thief, the male and the female, amputate their hands in recompense for what they committed as a deterrent [punishment] from Allah . And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise. -- Qur'an 5:38

This would be a painful experience without anaesthetic.

Question: Can amputation of hands as sharia punishment for theft be performed under anaesthetic?

My impression from an Arab News article is that it's performed publicly (as a deterrent) and without anaesthetic in Saudi Arabia:

Sometimes it can be amputation of hands and legs. “I use a special sharp knife, not a sword,” he explains. “When I cut off a hand I cut it from the joint. If it is a leg the authorities specify where it is to be taken off, so I follow that.”

However, from reading Indonesian news, I learned that sharia punishment should be implemented with "love and compassion".

A. Mustofa Bisri, the spiritual leader of the group, told the New York Times. "According to the Sunni view of Islam, every aspect and expression of religion should be imbued with love and compassion, and foster the perfection of human nature.“ -- Mic

This suggests that amputation for theft could be performed under anaesthetic out of compassion.

  • I think that is not performed under anaesthetic because the whole idea of the punishment is to punish them so if they experience quite a lot of pain, it would be their punishment for transgressing. – Armaan May 10 '17 at 7:04
  • Let me clear some misconceptions first. 1- In Saudi Arabia, the punishment for theft is jail. They will never amputate your hands or legs. 2- The ONLY punishment done in public and I have witnessed is Qisas. – Casanova May 10 '17 at 9:43
  • @Casanova 1) is contradicted by many easily found reports, see here and here and here and here - I checked the comments to the last one since memri sometimes completely changes the meaning of a segment by mistranslating, but that doesn't seem to be the case here since no one complained; let me know if it is. – G. Bach May 10 '17 at 11:28
  • @Casanova About 2) The human rights watch organisation Reprieve reports a number of public executions for things like protesting, "sorcery", and public stonings for adultery are also documented. (..) – G. Bach May 10 '17 at 11:55

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