Question: For reference, I’d like to know Mohammed’s take on capital punishment. When, if ever, is it applicable? (Murder, adultery). What method should be used? (E.g. stoning vs. lethal injection). I’d also like to read his opinion on the Danish Mohammed cartoons. –Flaky
Answer: Muhammad (the prophet) did believe in capital punishment and so do I. Capital punishment is applicable for two reasons only: first is murder, second is anarchy (suicide bombs, causing intentional grievous harm for fun, and everything else that falls under the label of "anarchy"). It is not mentioned for adultery or fornication in the Quran which is just as well because I don’t think that it should be either. When two people commit adultery, it is their decision, and theirs alone.
The Danish cartoons:
According to popular Muslim history which we are taught in schools, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was chased out of towns bleeding till his shoes were drenched in his own blood. He was asked by Allah whether He should punish the towns people for their cruelty, and Muhammad gave a resounding "no". His (Muhammad the prophet’s) reasoning was that the perpetrators will see the righteous way in their own time. Compare this to today where we are ready to kill people simply for saying things against the Prophet when the Prophet himself chose to forgive others for graver sins than that.
Remember when Prince William wore a swastika on his arm? The discussion wasn’t about the freedom of speech, but what is considered offensive. You can also wear an Osama T-Shirt and parade yourself in NY to exercise your freedom. Sure, you’re free to do it but it’s in exceptionally bad taste.
You can also print cartoons of Muhammad wearing bombs for a turban – that is in no better taste either. Having said that – I was very disappointed by the reaction the world over by Muslims to the cartoons. Believe it or not, every time I read of such acts (by Muslims) I shake my head in disappointment – if only we knew our own history. –Muhammed