Brunei introduces Sharia punishments: stoning for adultery, amputation for theft, and flogging for alcohol

“The only truly clashing area is the penal code, and no Muslim has the intention of introducing that to America. The penal code is the area that people in the Western world are worried about — but these are things that aren’t even observed today in most of the Muslim world. Apart from the Taliban and a few places like that, where do you see this happening?” — Ground Zero Mosque Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf

Where else is this happening? Brunei.

“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…” — Reza Aslan

Not really. Everywhere it is implemented today, and everywhere that it has been implemented historically, it has looked pretty much the same.

“Brunei introduces tough Islamic punishments,” from AFP, October 22 (thanks to all who sent this in):

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN : The Sultan of Brunei announced the phased introduction of tough Islamic punishments including death by stoning for crimes such as adultery, in the monarchy”s latest step towards conservatism.

For AFP, you’re taking a step towards conservatism if you institute Sharia punishments, and you’re already conservative — indeed, “far right” — if you oppose those punishments.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah “” one of the world’s wealthiest men “” said in a  speech that a new Sharia Penal Code which has been in the works for years had  been gazetted Tuesday and would “come into force six months hereafter and in  phases”.    
 
Based on the details of particular cases, punishments can include stoning  to death for adulterers, severing of limbs for theft and flogging for  violations ranging from abortion to consumption of alcohol, according to a copy  of the code.
   
“By the grace of Allah, with the coming into effect of this legislation,  our duty to Allah is therefore being fulfilled,” said the sultan, now 67 years  old.

An all-powerful figure whose family has ruled the languid, oil-rich country  of 400,000 for six centuries, the sultan first called in 1996 for the  introduction of sharia criminal punishments.
   
Brunei already practices a conservative brand of Islam relative to its  Muslim neighbours in Southeast Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia.
   
The sale and public consumption of alcohol are banned and authorities  closely restrict the activities of other religions.
 
It was not immediately clear how aggressively the new criminal code, which  applies only to Muslims, would be implemented.
Brunei already has a dual-track system combining civil courts based on  British law “” the sultanate was a British protectorate until 1984 “” and  Sharia courts that are currently limited to personal and family issues such as  marriage disputes….
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  1. says

    I rather live in N.Korea than any muslim countries. At least in N. Korea you can a scotch and a cigar in peace!! Of course that is if you can find them!!!!!!!!! M

  2. says

    Reza Aslan’s egregious disinformation can only further besmirch his sullied reputation as a bargain-basement shill for Iran’s fascist thuggery.

    In the end, after losing the respect of everyone he knows he will be left with the question ‘why did I sell my conscience for so little?’

  3. says

    Another Muslim country going back to 700A.D.
    Good luck to them. Does Allah really love stoning people to death and chopping off their limbs?

  4. says

    The book Some Girls, Life in a Harem is the autobiography of a Jewish girl, Jillian Lauren who was a prostitute princess wannabe in the harem of the Sultan of Brunei’s younger brother, prince Jefri. She tells about the extremely luxurious lifestyle of Prince Jefri. Just his Harem of Women from all over the world alone was a costly enterprise. Sharia law doesn’t seem to prevent autocrats from ripping off the people of their country. Although Shariah will stone adulterers Prince Jefri, who was married could have a harem without a problem. Islamic morality is very twisted.

  5. says

    Brunei introduces Sharia punishments: stoning for adultery, amputation for theft, and flogging for alcohol
    ………………………………..

    Wait”aren’t we always hearing about how “modern” Brunei is?

    More:

    “The only truly clashing area is the penal code, and no Muslim has the intention of introducing that to America. The penal code is the area that people in the Western world are worried about – but these are things that aren’t even observed today in most of the Muslim world. Apart from the Taliban and a few places like that, where do you see this happening?” — Ground Zero Mosque Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf
    ………………………………..

    Of course, Rauf if being entirely disingenuous here. Even then, it was not just the Taliban”we have seen stonings on the books in Somalia, northern Nigeria, and even Aceh in “moderate” Indonesia.

    And many other countries, such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, have “Hudud” laws that imprison women for such “crimes” as resisting forced marriages or fleeing an abusive marriage.

    Victims are regularly flogged in Sudan and Malaysia. Saudi Arabia beheads “adulterers”.

    And”especially in the wake of the “Arab Spring””more and more Muslim countries are starting to impose the gaudier aspects of Shari’ah.

    More:

    “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…” — Reza Aslan

    Not really. Everywhere it is implemented today, and everywhere that it has been implemented historically, it has looked pretty much the same.
    ………………………………..

    Yup”the punishments, flogging, amputations, stonings”are exactly the same. The only variables are whether any given Muslim nation gone so far as to impose the “full monty”, and is stoning teenage rape victims to death. But there is *always* pressure in Dar-al-Islam to impose stricter Shari’ah.

    More:

    BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN : The Sultan of Brunei announced the phased introduction of tough Islamic punishments including death by stoning for crimes such as adultery, in the monarchy’s latest step towards conservatism.
    ………………………………..

    “Conservatism””good God.

    More:

    “By the grace of Allah, with the coming into effect of this legislation, our duty to Allah is therefore being fulfilled,” said the sultan, now 67 years old.
    ………………………………..

    Why does the “grace of Allah” always involve amputating the limbs of petty thieves and stoning unmarried lovers to death? Oh, wait”the question answers itself…

    So visit “modern Brunei today! Just keep in mind that if you sample a tropical drink while there that you may well be *publicly flogged*…