8, Theft in Islam

Theft

Sahih Bukhari – Volume 8, Book 81, Hadith 788
Narrated Ibn `Umar: The Prophet cut off the hand of a thief for stealing a shield that was worth three Dirhams.

Sahih Bukhari – Volume 8, Book 81, Hadith 781
Narrated `Aisha: The Prophet said, “The hand of a thief should be cut off for stealing a quarter of a Dinar.”

Sahih Muslim – Book 17, Hadith 4175
A’isha reported that Allah’s Messenger cut off the hand of a thief for a quarter of a dinar rid upwards.

Sunan Abu Dawud – Book 39, Hadith 4396
Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah:
A thief was brought to the Prophet. He said: Kill him. The people said: He has committed theft, Messenger of Allah! Then he said: Cut off his hand. So his (right) hand was cut off. He was brought a second time and he said: Kill him. The people said: He has committed theft, Messenger of Allah! Then he said: Cut off his foot.
So his (left) foot was cut off.
He was brought a third time and he said: Kill him.
The people said: He has committed theft, Messenger of Allah!
So he said: Cut off his hand. (So his (left) hand was cut off.)
He was brought a fourth time and he said: Kill him.
The people said: He has committed theft, Messenger of Allah!
So he said: Cut off his foot. So his (right) foot was cut off.
He was brought a fifth time and he said: Kill him.
So we took him away and killed him. We then dragged him and cast him into a well and threw stones over him.

Sahih Bukhari – Volume 8, Book 81, Hadith 791
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah curses the thief who steals an egg (or a helmet) for which his hand is to be cut off, or steals a rope, for which his hand is to be cut off.”

Sahih Muslim – Book 017, Hadith 4185
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: Let there be the curse of Allah upon the thief who steals an egg and his hand is cut off, and steals a rope and his hand is cut off.

Sunan an-Nasa’i – Book 46, Hadith 4877
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “The Messenger of Allah said; ‘Allah curses the thief who steals an egg and had his hand cut off, and who steals a rope and has his hand cut off.”

Sunan Ibn Majah – Book 20, Hadith 2583
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) said:
“May Allah curse the thief! He steals an egg and his hand is cut off, and he steals a rope and his hand is cut off”

Sunan Abu Dawud – Book 38, Hadith 4397
Narrated Fadalah ibn Ubayd: A thief was brought to the Apostle of Allah and his hand was cut off. Thereafter he commanded for it, and it was hung on his neck.

Jami’ at-Tirmidhi – Book 15, Hadith 1447
Abdur-Rahman bin Muhariz said: “I asked Fadalah bin ‘Ubaid about hanging the hand around the neck of the thief: ‘Is this from the Sunnah?’ He said: ‘A man came to the Messenger of Allah with a thief so his hand was cut off, and then he ordered that it be hung around his neck.'”

Sunan an-Nasa’i – Volume 5, Book 46, Hadith 4986
It was narrated that ‘Abdur-Rahman bin Muhairiz said:
“I said to Fadalah bin ‘Ubaid: ‘Do you think that hanging the hand from the thief’s neck is Sunnah?’ He said: ‘Yes; a thief was brought to the Messenger of Allah and he cut off his hand and hung it from his neck.”‘ (Daif) Abu ‘Abdur-Rahman (An-Nasai) said; Al-Hajjaj bin Artah is weak, his narrations are not used as proof.

Sunan an-Nasa’i – Book 46, Hadith 4980
It was narrated from Al-Harith bin Hatib that a thief was brought to the Messenger of Allah and he said:
“Kill him.” They said: “O Messenger of Allah, he only stole (something).” He said: “Kill him.” They said: “O Messenger of Allah, he only stole (something).” He said: “Cut off his hand.” Then he stole again, and his foot was cut off. Then he stole at the time of Abu Bakr, untilo all his extremities had been cut off. Then he stole a fifth time, and Abu Bakr, said: “The Messenger of Allah knew better about him when he said: ‘Kill him.”‘ Then he handed him over to some young men of Quraish to kill him, among whom was ‘Abdullah bin Az-Zubair who liked to be in a position of leadership. He said: “Put me in charge of them,” so they put him in charge of them and when he struck him, they would strike him, until they killed him.

Sunan Ibn Majah – Book 20, Hadith 2587
It was narrated that Ibn Muhairiz said: “I asked Fadalah bin Ubaid about hanging the hand (of the thief) from this neck, and he said: ‘It is sunnah. The messenger of Allah cut off a man’s hand then hung it from his neck”’

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