Capital Punishment

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Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is potentially applicable for murder and other extreme crimes, according to Islamic law. However, the victim's closest relatives may forgive the perpetrator if they wish - on the proviso the criminal is deemed to no longer be any further danger to society. The purpose of the punishment is to act as a deterrent against criminals such as tribes or gangs who would otherwise indiscriminately kill innocents. 

The death penalty has been abolished in some non-Muslim countries. However, in many of these countries the rate of murders has risen or even doubled since the abolition of capital punishment and the public opinion of even non-Muslims is often found to desire its reinstatement, especially in cases such as those of serial killers who torture and abuse their victims, before boasting of their crimes. The public cost of imprisoning such criminals for life - with no hope of parole - can cost an enormous sums of money.

Islam does not enforce any specific method for the death penalty. 


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