What Price A Life?

Well, in Saudi Arabia the blood money price list runs as follows

RS100,000 if the victim is a Muslim man

RS50,000 if a Muslim woman

RS50,000 if a Christian man

RS25,000 if a Christian woman

RS6,666 if a Hindu man

RS3,333 if a Hindu woman

“Blood money” (diyah) is money paid to the next of kin of a victim as a fine.

And the sliding scale system provides an insight into the distinctly unhumanistic nature of the Saudi judicial system, for when a Saudi man kills another Saudi the consequences comprise (at best) imprisonment or (at worst) the death penalty.

For killing a Pakistani /Indian/Sri-Lankan foreign manual worker the fine  is either low or nothing at all as the perpetrator walks away free.

I am intrigued by the rationale, for my understanding of Islam is that human life is precious, and above all equally so.

It’s more likely the above legal monstrosity is more the construct of flawed man, than faith.

4 comments on “What Price A Life?

  1. kinziblogs
    October 22, 2010

    It is a wonder that a Holy God does not wipe this earth clean of human presence.

    That such a list even exists should be fatwa-worthy

  2. haitham
    October 23, 2010

    No1 can put “prices” to human life! Period.


  3. saed
    October 24, 2010

    That’s wrong ! there is no such thing .. all humans are the same

  4. kinziblogs
    October 28, 2010

    Habeebti, I am ready to organize your campaign for Head of Al Azhar. We need your expression of faith!!!

    I was crushed to learn the life of a Jordanian Muslim woman could really be quantified with the value of a cup of coffee. A cup of coffee will forgive the one who took her life?

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