Islamic criminal law introduced by Brunei Sultan

Oct 23, 2013 17:18 IST

The sultanate of Brunei announced that it will enforce a new Sharia law penal code.

This code would apply only to Muslims, who make up about two-thirds of Brunei population of 420000.

The new Sharia law penal code includes death by stoning for adulterers and the severing of limbs for theft.
Punishments could also include flogging for such crimes as consumption of alcohol or abortion.

Brunei already adheres to a stronger form of Islamic law than neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia, banning the sale and consumption of alcohol.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 67, who is one of the wealthiest men of the world said the shariah Penal Code should be regarded as a form of “special guidance “from God and would be “part of the great history” of the tiny, oil–rich monarchy on Borneo island.

The citizens of Brunei have one of the highest standards of living in Asia, because of revenues generated from oil and gas, and they also enjoy free medical care and education.  

About sharia law

It is the most protected divine law because, the majority of the rulings of Sharia law are based on the Quran and Sunnah, while a small fraction of its rulings are based on the Ulema (jurists) who used the methods of  Ijman(consensus), Qiyas (analogical deduction), Ijtihad (research) and  Urf (common practice) to derive  
Fatwa (legal opinions).

Sharia law governs many Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran ,however this law is used as a supplement to national law but  It can relate to all aspects of civil law, including property rights, contracts or public law.

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