More Islamic Law would apply in Brunei

2013-10-29 07:26:29 | Al Muslim News
More Islamic Law would apply in Brunei


The Islamic kingdom of Brunei has announced its plans to apply a new Islamic Shari'ah penal code next year, which is expected to include stoning to death for adultery and flogging for drinking alcohol. “By the grace of Allah, with the coming into effect of this legislation, our duty to Allah is therefore being fulfilled,” Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah was quoted by AFP. After years of preparations, Sultan Bolkiah announced that the Shari'ah criminal law would be enforced in Brunei from April, 2014. The new law could include stoning to death for adultery, severing of limbs for theft, and flogging for violations ranging from abortion to alcohol consumption, AFP cited a copy of the code. “It is because of our need that Allah the Almighty, in all his generosity, has created laws for us, so that we can utilize them to obtain justice,” said the sultan, who also holds the post of prime minister, Reuters reported. Calling it a form of ‘special guidance’ from God, the 67- year old sultan said that the new code would be ‘part of the great history’ of Brunei Island. Applying the new Shari'ah code would require strict proofs for the crimes and the judges would have discretion over punishments, the attorney-general's office said two years ago to reassure worried citizens. The Sultanate of Brunei has a population of less than half a million, hailing mainly from Malay origin, and 90 percent of them are Muslims. For more than 14 centuries Muslims have resorted to Shari'ah as a means to govern their lives until the Western occupation forces invaded Muslim lands. There are clear-cut hudud established by the Qur'an as mentioned above, with regard to qisaas,qadhf, hirabah, and theft. There are also the zanni (speculative) hudud, which were established by the Sunnah, such as the penalty for drinking wine. Shari'ah govern issues in Muslims’ lives from daily prayers to fasting and from to inheritance and marital cases to financial disputes. The Islamic rulings, however, do not apply on non-Muslims, even if in a dispute with non-Muslims..

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