Pearl of Wisdom
A woman who was honoured amongst her people was once brought to the Prophet (SAWA) charged with theft. He ordered her [hand] to be cut. A group from the tribe of Quraysh came to the Prophet (SAWA) and said, ?O Messenger of Allah! Must [the hand of] a noble lady such as her be cut like that of so and so for such a small mistake?!' He replied, 'Yes! Indeed those before you perished because of such a deed. People used to uphold the Punishments for the weak ones among them and exempt the strong and the noble ones of them, and therefore they perished.'
Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
Da'a'im al-Islam, v. 2, p. 442, no. 1539
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