INTERPOLATIONS BY HADITHS

6) PUNISHMENT FOR CUTTING A WOMAN’S FINGERS

Hadith: The punishment of cutting the fingers of a woman is a consideration (in terms of camels) of ten camels for the cutting of one finger; twenty camels for two fingers; thirty camels for three fingers and twenty for four fingers.
Muvatta, Hanbal

Be it a man or a woman, the compensation for cutting the finger of someone may be exacted from the culprit, but there is no such prescription in the Quran. People may award compensation according to the prevailing conditions of the time. Even though such a punishment may have been meted out sometime in history, no person of sound mind can argue that it has a universal validity and that camel should be the unit of measure. On the other hand, the above hadith does not stand to reason in that for three fingers the award is thirty camels while for four fingers the number drops to twenty.

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PAGE 2: 1) MATHEMATICALLY COMMENSURABLE PRAYERS?
PAGE 3: 2) BEWARE THE LEFT HAND!
PAGE 4: 3) CEREMONIES ON THE OCCASION OF BIRTH
PAGE 5: 4) SHOULD BLACK DOGS BE KILLED?
PAGE 6: 5) EATING IN GOLDEN AND SILVER PLATES PROHIBITED
PAGE 8: 7) CIRCUMCISION OF WOMEN
PAGE 9: 8.) MAGIC TREE! GIGANTIC MOLAR AND IMMENSE SKIN
PAGE 10: 9) PROPHET’S COMMANDING ABLUTION FOR THE EATER OF CAMEL FLESH
PAGE 11: 10) GHAZZALI’S PRESCRIPTION FOR SALVATION
PAGE 12: HOW TO RECONCILE THESE HADITHS WITH ISLAM?

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