Sayyid Qutb's Exposition on Qur'an 17:33 and its relevance to the Nigerian Shariah Penal Codes

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Department of Religious Studies, Gombe State University, Gombe


Nigeria is characterised by acts of disrespect, disregard and affront to human life. This is evident in the prevalence of killing, kidnapping, bombing and sacrificing human being for rituals. The act is against the teaching of Islam and thus, attempt is made in this paper to examine the relevance of Sayyid Qutb’s exposition on the sanctity of life to the law in use in northern Nigeria. This law navigated through the expository effort of Sayyid Qutb on homicide as contained in Suratul Isra’. A combination of historical and hermeneutical methods were adopted to study the relevance of the view of the exegete to the provision for the offence in the shariah penal codes with the objective of appreciating the relevance of shariah on execution of the life of a deserving criminal. Findings of the work revealed that Sayyid Qutb narrowed his discussion on the legality for the execution of life as contained in the Qur’an just as he gave a literal interpretation to the sunnah of the Prophet that legalizes the execution of a category of people. In the light of this limitation, this paper condemns jungle justice in the execution of life and recommends an adoption of shariah as a legal system



Shariah, sanctity of Life, Northern Nigeria, Penal Code


Journal of Religious Studies