Writing for Saudi Gazette/Okaz, Adnan Al-Shabrawi offers an explanation of flogging as a punishment handed down by courts in Saudi Arabia. He argues that it is a just punishment that is applied according to strict regulation and is fully authorized by Islam.

Flogging: A just form of punishment
Adnan Al-Shabrawi | Okaz/Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH – As per the Saudi legal system which is based on Shariah law, acceptable punishments given by local courts to convicts include flogging sentences.

Lashes are commonly combined with imprisonment and are inflicted over a set period in a public place. There are also rare cases in which women convicts are sentenced to flogging. When this happens, the international media unleashes a malicious campaign against the Kingdom.

Detractors lambast this as a cruel form of punishment that involves physical and psychological torture.

Okaz/Saudi Gazette examined the real nature of this punishment and what rules and regulations are observed while carrying out flogging .


January:10:2013 - 08:52 | Comments & Trackbacks (3) | Permalink
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    Jerry M Said:
    January:10:2013 - 11:44 

    “Detractors lambast this as a cruel form of punishment that involves physical and psychological torture.”

    It isn’t torture in the normal sense, since it isn’t done to make the convict confess.

    “In the Shariah, flogging is considered as an exemplary punishment and it has little to do with inflicting any physical harm.”

    Depending on the severity though it can cause permanent physical damage, and it can kill the convict if severe enough.

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    Chris Said:
    January:12:2013 - 02:04 

    If the law is followed then the flogging cannot be that sever. The problem arises when the flogger doesn’t follow the law or has been trained how to keep the book in place whilst applying a lot of force. The lash is too often replaced by a nasty leather whip in islamic countries equivalent to a cat o’ nine tails, this is un-islamic but this doesn’t stop the Saudis from doing it.

    Personally, I see little wrong with it and it is preferable to being locked in gaol, especially if you are an ex-pat in a Saudi jail.

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    Solomon2 Said:
    January:15:2013 - 13:56 

    “The problem arises when the flogger doesn’t follow the law or has been trained how to keep the book in place whilst applying a lot of force. ”

    Probably the best reason not to inflict physical punishment is that it inspires uncivilized cruelty in the minds of the people carrying out and witnessing it. That’s why we don’t do public executions in America anymore.

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