According to the Islamic law (Sharia), thieves should get their hands cut off. This type of on the spot amputation is practiced in many Islamic nations as it is encouraged by Islamic holy book – Quran. Prophet Muhammad ordered to have thief’s hands and feet cut off as punishment for theft. According to Muhammad, it was revealed to him by Allah that the tradition of chopping thieves’ hands and feet should be upheld. Quote from Quran, Sura 5:38 states:
QUR’AN, SURA 5:38: “As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hands, as punishment for what they have done: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is exalted in power.”
Man in the video stole television and money from a relative. He is seen with ropes tied against his limbs to restrain him from avoiding his punishment. Without much thinking, a Muslim man with big, sharp knife comes and cuts both of his hands at wrists. Another man is seen amputating thief’s left foot. Video doesn’t show amputation of thief’s right foot, but judging by how amputation happy his punishers were, I’d assume his left foot was cut off as well. That’s a price of thievery in countries where Islam is practiced as primary religion.
As he’s getting his hands and foot cut off, the thief has his eyes covered with a blindfold. He somewhat turns and tries to land on his already cut off hands which obviously doesn’t work. Some good Samaritan is nearby trying to put blue plastic bags over his amputated limbs, possibly to help him avoid getting the wounds infected from crawling around in the dirt. Video then shows severed hands and feet lying loosely on the ground.
Cutting off hands and feet is used as a punishment for thievery in Saudi Arabia. Saudis claim that amputation as the punishment serves as great deterrent, preventing potential thieves from stealing. According to these sources, Saudi Arabia has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.