from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The portion of shari’a law concerning the trial and punishment of the most serious crimes, including adultery, theft, and murder, prescribing penalties such as flagellation, amputation, and beheading.

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  • noun Islamic laws stating the limits ordained by Allah and including the deterrent punishments for serious crimes


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Arabic ḥudūd, plural of ḥadd, edge, limit, divine ordinance, punishment, from ḥadda, to sharpen, delimit; see ḥdd in Semitic roots.]


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  • The term hudud means 'limit', implying the defined bounds of acceptable Islamic behaviour and the respective punishments for serious crimes.

    KTemoc Konsiders ........ 2009

  • An Egyptian-educated scholar, Nik Aziz said non-Muslims had nothing to fear from strict sharia punishments, known as hudud, and a lot to gain from them, especially Malaysia's large and wealthy ethnic Chinese minority.

    Now, here's a political platform.... GayandRight 2008

  • He said that although the Islamic laws fixed between 40 to 80 canings for alcohol consumption, which is recognised as an 'hudud' offence, the Shariah Court had no jurisdiction to impose such sentences, Bernama added.

    The Times of India 2009

  • Haha. btw, if I have illicit sexual intercourse with any malay, it is not me who will be subjected to "hudud" for eg. News 2009

  • The influential cleric said Malaysia would be better off if all citizens, including non-Muslims, were subject to Islamic law including "hudud" penalties like stoning adulterers and chopping off thieves 'hands.

    Channel NewsAsia Front Page News 2009

  • So Jean will be tried acooing to the hudud which is punishable by stoning to death and Stenson probably gets off scot free. News 2009

  • Don't be fooled by BN trikeries when they trumped up the "hudud" cards. News 2009

  • He understands what 'hudud' is all about to the Malays.

    Planet Malaysia 2009

  • A PAS call to reintroduce "hudud" Islamic law, including the amputation of hands for thieves, created controversy and has been played up by the coalition's Chinese-based party the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA).

    Earth News, Earth Science, Energy Technology, Environment News 2009

  • Apostasy is not a clearly defined criminal offense, but it is one of about six so-called crimes against God hadd, plural hudud for which the Quran sets out specified punishments, including the death penalty.

    Human Rights Watch: Malaysia: Don't Send Saudi Back -- Faces Likely Death Sentence for Twitter Post Human Rights Watch 2012


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