The Muslim Who Amputated His Hands, ‘According to Sharia’


3_495“Infidels,” or non-Muslims, or the wrong kinds of Muslims (Alawites and Shia for example) are often seen as the natural recipients of Islamic violence, or jihad, as prescribed by Islamic law, the Sharia.

Few, however, are aware exactly how Sharia can cause individual Muslims to do violence upon themselves.

Last week, December 5, Arabic news website Masrawy published a full report and interview with Ali Afifi, an Egyptian man who did just that—violently cut off both his hands to punish himself for, and prevent himself from, stealing, “according to Islamic Sharia.”  A summary of the report follows:

Four years ago, in Elgharbeya province, Egypt, 28-year-old Ali Afifi placed his left hand on the train tracks to be amputated by the wheels of the train without using any anesthetics.

Upon reviving, he went to the townspeople showing the stump of his bloodied arm while yelling at the top of his lungs, “People, I was a thief, and praise Allah, he has forgiven me.”  He repeated this multiple times, while passersby looked shocked.

Normative Islamic law calls for the amputation of the hands of thieves, per Koran 5:38.

Ali began his career as a thief at a very young age; however, one day he decided to stop being a thief and to find honest work. Despite his best efforts, the harder he tried to quit stealing the more intense was the comeback. He was unable to overcome “the devil’s whisperings” in his ears.

According to Ali: “I started at a young age. In first grade I stole other students’ pens and sandwiches. When I grew up, I began to steal cell phones, gold, and money. I performed over one hundred robberies and was arrested multiple times, but I was a smart thief, always able to avoid making the charges stick.”

Ali’s dad works as a Muezzin at one of the mosques and tried many times to dissuade him from being a thief, which caused problems between them. Ali’s father took him to many Muslim sheikhs and clerics, and Ali asked them to amputate his hand in accordance with Islamic Sharia. The sheikhs refused, claiming that only the ruler can make such rulings, and that there are authorities responsible for dealing with such issues. One of the sheikhs encouraged Ali to repent once and for all.

Ali said angrily, “Most of these sheikhs traded with religion and refused to implement the Sharia [law] of Allah.”

The problems between Ali and his father continued, until his dad decided to take him to a psychiatric center to help him quit stealing. But this also failed, because Ali continued to steal with his right hand (after he amputated his left hand).

Said Ali: “I saw that I did not deserve Allah’s mercy unless I amputated my other hand.  Shortly before January’s revolution, I myself amputated my right hand using the same method I used for amputating my left hand [placing it under a speeding train]. I did this because I discovered that nothing was changing; I cannot repent unless I amputate my hand. Thus, I became the authority [sultan], judge, and executioner.”

Ali continued:  “I went to the railroad tracks with joy, placing my right hand under the wheels of the train, experiencing peace of mind knowing that I will not steal again. Despite feeling this peace of mind as a result of my repentance to Allah, my family and neighbors were in shock.”

Ali now lives with his family, consisting of his parents and four siblings, in a modest home. He says with sorrow, “I only receive 215 Egyptian pounds from the department of Social Affairs, but I cannot live on this amount of money.”

The repentant thief asks the government to provide honest work for him, or a special stipend, and an apartment to help him build a new life, so that he can support his family and get married. He also requested that King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia host him, since he is the first thief in the world to apply Islamic Sharia upon himself.

Ali also prays that he becomes a role model for every repentant Muslim. And he wishes that authorities would implement Islamic Sharia as he applied it to himself, adding with disappointment, “I applied the punishment of Islamic Sharia on myself and amputated my hands, but the Muslim Brotherhood did not implement Islamic Sharia.”

While many in the West will deem Ali “insane,” it is important to note that, according to Islamic Sharia—which those clerics he consulted with are learned in—insane thieves should not have their hands amputated, suggesting that those clerics who tried to dissuade him did not deem him insane.

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  • SoCalMike

    30 years ago I felt guilty for not liking guys like this.
    30 years later post 9/11 I now realize how good my instincts are and were.

    • Drakken

      That’ll learn ya! Always trust your instincts, they keep you alive.

  • UCSPanther

    This is both insane and sad at the same time…

  • camp7

    Hopefully, he’ll set a trend.

  • Bamaguje

    Indeed truth can be stranger than fiction
    Clearly Ali is a kleptomaniac that required psychiatric help, not self amputation.

    • Bamaguje

      Interestingly, the Bible supports Mr Ali’s self amputation:

      “if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better
      that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell”
      – Matt 5:30, 18:8

      • Skeptic7

        That was a metaphor. Jesus came to fulfill the old law, and replace it with the new law.

        • lyone

          Maybe THAT was a metaphor too.

        • defcon 4

          I had thought Yeshua said something to the effect: “I have not come to replace the law but uphold it”?

      • Jane

        And rightly so.

    • Mo86

      No, he is a THIEF who needs to repent and change his ways.

  • Hass

    Lets hope the rest of the Muslimes who harm Westerners repent in the exact manner.
    Allah would be most pleased with deeds like this.

    • defcon 4

      He’ll make an excellent remote controlled suicide bomber — because he can’t have any second thoughts about dying for allah.

  • Softly Bob

    Can’t wait for them to start castrating themselves. That’ll bring the rape stats down!

    • A Z

      It is not just the physical urge. If they have been sick for a while, the urge is in their mind and no longer relies on hormones. They can use objects.

    • SwitchedOnSavage

      comment of the year

    • Drakken

      Why do that when they can stick an AK in their mouth and save us the trouble?

  • http://onfollowingchrist.wordpress.com Paul B.

    And now he’ll have a hard time supporting himself. He’s made himself even more of a burden.

    These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. -Col 2:23

    For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. -Rom 10:2

  • knowshistory

    my sympathies for the poor victim. little did he know that all he had to do was join the democratic party, where theft is a great virtue, and muslims are especially valued for their moral guidance. he could have been the candidate to replace barry in ’16.

  • iluvisrael

    Let me know when they start cutting off their own heads – that’ll be interesting – and useful

  • Sharps Rifle

    Stupid is as islam does.

  • Richard Johnston

    For sale: bowling ball and flute. Judge rules accused man innocent of flipping the bird to other drivers.

  • sustapha

    It is highly disturbing that all want to ridicule the Shari’a portraying it as barbaric and primitive. Raymond Ibrahim falls into the category of the self acclaimed Islamic scholars and clerics explained by late Egyptian Qadi Abdul Qader Audah, revered by the West and Europe. There is no where the classical Shari’a allows for one to pass Sharia on one. The Shari’a must be practiced in an Umma with a caliph leading the five daily obligatory prayers including the friday and Ids. In the absence of that atmosphere the muslim Umma is living as an infidel state.

    • Drakken

      Anyway you look at it, your islam is a bloody problem where ever it goes, do yourself a favor leave our western lands and go practice islam to your little hearts content in the Islamic paradises of your choice, but GTF out of the west, soon, you won’t be given a choice.

      • sustapha

        I quite agree with you for that began with the saving of the then Children of Israel under the guidance of Moses and not any one. That was the first bloody hand in the history of mankind. I am not unaware of that bloody hand with Abram/Abraham

        • Jane

          Idiot, answer the question.

          Abraham has NOTHING to do with Islam.

    • defcon 4

      Aw gee, I’d like to believe you, but terrorist attacks, honor killings and the persecution of the najjis kaffir in non-muslim states (in places like Dearbornistan, Fwance, Phillipines and the UK) kinda make me think you’re being less than genuine.

      • sustapha

        Who is to blamed after crash of airplanes? The manufactures, air traffic controllers or the weather? When the pilot is blamed!

        • defcon 4

          I blame allah, the ballah.

    • Skeptic7

      “By their fruits (works) ye shall know them.”

      I admire the fact that this man’s father tried to get him help from a variety of sources. But notice the amputation only fixed part of the problem: he still wants more than he has, even though he is getting free money from the state.

      The problem with Sharia is that it only focuses on changing and punishing the outside problem, it doesn’t focus on changing people’s hearts.

      • sustapha

        Are you knowledgeable on the Shari’a or you just a passerby? Let us respect knowledge.

        • Drakken

          Go have at it in muslim lands, not our western lands, continue to push us infidels haji, we infidels are going to make a Serb blush.

        • defcon 4

          Arrogant? Stupid? Arrogantly stupid? Stupidly arrogant? Do you really think the najjis kaffir hasn’t noticed muslimes slaughtering them, raping them, kidnapping them and persecuting them throughout the muslime world Tariq Al Taqiyya?

  • defcon 4

    He should of stuck to stealing from the najjis kaffir, then allah would’ve approved of his actions — and the najjis kaffir are still relatively plentiful targets in Egyptistan. I imagine the wealthy islam0nazis of the Gulf states would’ve been more impressed w/him if he had died killing the najjis kaffir.

  • DogmaelJones1

    I’ve always said that Islam inculcates in a Muslim the worst kinds of self-immolation, from the head-banging and arse-lifting prayer ritual, to suicide bombing, and now self-amputation. It is a creed that creates a variety of fruitcakes.

  • Consider

    Reminds me of those Philipines Catholics who crucify themselves to show how pious they are.
    The eventual Christian suicide bombers, if need be, should be recruited from that quarter.

    • Mo86

      What nonsense. Christianity teaches nothing of the sort.

      Now, how about that ISLAM?

  • Allah is Dead

    sharia law is for savages

  • JTK

    He is an irrational dangerous idiot. Now he is on welfare. Egyptian
    society would be much better off if he kept his hands and remained a petty thief.

  • Mo86

    Why is it automatically assumed he’s insane? He’s just following his religion to the extreme.

    I feel somewhat sorry for him. He obviously has a conscience, because he knows his thieving is immoral! But because he follows the false god Allah instead of Christ, he doesn’t have a worldview that teaches them that he has free will, that Christ can help him change, and that he can even find forgiveness.

    Islam is a tragedy.

    • Moderation

      Oh, he is mentally ill all right, as were early Christians who did similar things. The real problem is that Islam encourages this sort of action, where as all the mainstream Christian sects have moved on and now actively discourage it. And as has been already been pointed out, Christianity never really endorsed this sort behavior on the level of doctrine. Christ right from the start was critical of extreme acts taken for the sake of a rigid adherence to doctrine.

  • Drakken

    Well I will have to say that ole Stumpy isn’t going to steal anymore. I wonder how he is going to press that switch on a suicide vest though?

    • defcon 4

      Muslimes have already employed remote controlled bombs — even for suicide bombers (just in case they might change their mind about dying for allah and cashing in on their 72 virgin rewards points).

  • De Doc

    This dude gives a whole new meaning to the saying, “Look Ma, no hands!”

  • Dug

    Nice god do you have Ali Fifi,..bizar

  • Erik

    Too bad for him! Now he can’t polish the old rod! LOL!

  • tanstaafl

    On the positive side, one less jihadi…….

  • defcon 4

    He should have amputated his head — after all it’s nothing but ten pounds of dead weight.