Following are excertps from an interview with Egyptian cleric Salama Abd Al-Qawi, which aired on Al-Nas TV, on October 13, 2009:
Salama Abd Al-Qawi: Our religion, our moral values, and our Islamic law forbid a Muslim from torturing another Muslim, using any implement of torture. This is categorically forbidden. One might say that Islamic law permits the torture and floggings of, say, a fornicator, or of someone who slanders others, and so on. Islamic law permits flogging. But the fact is that in Islamic law, flogging is not for the sake of torture. The purpose of the flogging is Islamic law is not to skin a person.
When we hear about a flogging, the first thing that comes to mind is that the person’s clothes will be removed, and that a guy with a hand like a hammer will wield a whip and will bring it down on him, with each blow slashing his back. This, of course, is not how it should be. What we see in movies is not how it should be.
According to Islamic law, the purpose of the flogging... Please note that flogging, in our case, follows certain rules. The whip should be held with three fingers only. The whip is held by three fingers only. This is new to us all. Another thing is that the person’s clothes must not be removed.