Cross, The

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CROSS, The., Arabic As-Salib The Qur’an denies the crucifixion of our blessed Lord [CRUCIFIXION.] and it is related by al-Waqidi that Muhammad had such a repugnance to the form of the cross that he broke everything brought into his house with that figure upon it. (Muir, iii. 61.) According to Abu Hurairah, the Prophet said, “I swear by heaven, it is near, when Jesus the Son of Mary will descend from heaven upon your people, a just king, and he will break the cross, and kill the swine (Mishkat, xxiii. c. vi.) The Imam Abu Yusuf says that if a cross or a crucifix stolen from a church, amputation (the punishment for theft) is not incurred; but if it is stolen from a private dwelling it is theft. (Hamilton’s Hidayah, vol. ii. p. 90.)

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam

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