Assalammualaikum all. This is a thread that I have kept delaying to make. First of all, I'm disappointed in my iman when it comes to Shariah Law. And when I bring up Shariah Law, I know it has a vast meaning to it; I'm emphasizing on the hudud law and criminal punishment part. Lately, though, I have had an iman boost and am looking at Islam in a more refreshing, un-close-minded way, and I'm really happy with everything. Don't get me wrong, I've been born Muslim, practice Islam well, Alhamdulillah, and love Allah and believe in Islam. I do, however, have nagging doubts, and I thought it best to clear it with knowledge, especially during this iman peak of mine. Surah An-Nas speaks of doubts, too. I am a peace-loving person by nature. I simply hate, hate, HATE violence. I can't stand it. I can't watch gory things. I know Islam is peaceful. But somehow my mind can understand Shariah Law as much as peaceful Islam in general. And when I've been in discussions with others, they often point out that I've been too "brainwashed" to accept any other truth. I don't let them go to my head so much, but at the end of the day, this question lingers: "Am I so brainwashed that I can't understand that Shariah Law, is really not the right thing (at least according to them?" I infer to myself that Alhamdulillah, Allah Loves me and is giving me guidance. But then again, isn't that what other people of different faiths say when we offer them the message of Islam? Please note that I'm not saying Shariah Law isn't the right thing, I'm just confused at what my feelings are. I'll get down to the questions. Please understand however, that these questions are of curious nature, and not to offend people or try to refute Islam. I'm simply keeping an open mind when asking so I can answer others and so I can be contented; I'm asking it the way others have asked so blatantly, so it's more relatable. Forgive me Allah, if I have transgressed. 1)Why does Shariah Law have to be torture before death?/Painful death?/Death in a very painful way? 2)Why does Islam practice an 'eye-for-an-eye' in these matters? Isn't that a vengeful way out? Forgiveness in Islam was also heavily emphasized. I would think that a hurt family member would have wanted the killer killed. 3)I've heard the church burnings of before were done to save the burning person from the even more dangerous "fires of Hell." And then they say Islam wants the accused to be saved from an even greater danger (Hell), which is why the rapist for example, has to be set to death. 4)Why are apostates killed? Freedom of religion is emphasized in Islam, so why is there an apostasy rule? There are answers in my head, but I still can't comprehend it. 5)Islam cannot change its rules. I accept Shariah Law, I guess, but it's easier said than done. If I saw it with my own eyes, being carried out, I'm very scared of what will happen to my faith. Any way of understanding the wisdom behind Shariah Law? 6)What does "stoning" mean? 7)Why doesn't Islam offer rehabilitation for homosexuals? I'm not making my own rules, btw. Why is it stoning instead? What is the validity of this: "Maududi vol. 2, p. 52, note 68): . . . Ibn Abbas ruled that they be thrown headlong from the highest summit." Please understand that it is not my intention to mislead or offend, nau'uzubillah. I myself have no proper knowledge on this matter. I believe in Islam; it has far too clear a message to ignore. I am trying to learn, since a lot of websites do not explain this matter satisfactorily to me. They don't give proper reasons, therefore this doubt lingers on. May Allah Forgive me if I've said anything wrong.