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Crimes Against Foodstuffs

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In Islam the destruction of food is basically considered a sin and its protection is the great responsibility of human beings. All foodstuffs should consequently be preserved and should not therefore be devastated. The illegal nature of devastation is thus assimilated to the obliteration of all human beings' foodstuffs including all types of flora, plants, vegetation and animals. Islamic law therefore recognises any devastation of foodstuffs for the purpose of monopolizing prices as a great sin and therefore a violation of its provisions. This principle of Islamic law becomes stronger and more effective when foodstuffs are destroyed regardless of the starvation of certain people(s).

Keywords: foodstuffs; Islamic law

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