What are the Islamic rulings or punishment given to children for stealing.
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I searched the net to find the Islamic law for stealing for children. I could not find it. Can you please let us know what are the Islamic rulings or punishment given to children for stealing. Is it same as for adults? Can you please clarify with reference to Hadith and Quran.
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Punishment for children who steal
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Dear and beloved brother, the principle in Islam is that all the laws of Shariah apply on an individual only after one has reached the age of understanding and adulthood.
If a child who has not yet reached the age of understanding and puberty is caught stealing, there is no punishment which can be prescribed on the child in Shariah.but what the Judge can do is demand that the property that was stolen by the child be returned to the rightful owner, or in case the stolen property is consumed or destroyed, the rightful owner of the property is duely compensated for his loss by the guardians of the child.
In the event that it is proven in a court of law the child stole at the behest of an adult, then that adult will be held responsible and punished according to his complicity in the crime.
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