Prohibition of Theft

Indeed, all divine religions prohibit theft. We observe that the prohibition of theft is one of the Ten Commandments in the Torah. In the Old Testament, we read: “You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15)

The New Testament tells us that Jesus prohibited theft among other sins. In the New Testament, we read the following verse: “He said to Him, ‘Which ones?’ Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness.’” (Matthew 19:18)

In the Qur’an, Allah told Prophet Muhammad to instruct Muslims to refrain from theft among other things. We read the following verse in the Qur’an:

O Prophet, when the believing women come to you pledging to you that they will not associate anything with Allah, nor will they steal, nor will they commit unlawful sexual intercourse, nor will they kill their children, nor will they bring forth a slander they have invented between their arms and legs, nor will they disobey you in what is right – then accept their pledge and ask forgiveness for them of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (Al-Mumtahanah 60:12)

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