from Allah we are and to him is our return.Arabic is a very diverse and very rich language,the Arabic word used there(Qad3) in that context means "cutting off".Besides that the prophet(s.a.w)did command cutting off of thieves hands several times in his presence as narrated in several Ahadith. just for the sake of argument just making a cut on the thieves hand (as in the case of women in surah yussuf) is nowhere close to justice and would have been every thief's dream come true.As for the calculation even 5:39 and 12:32 are both 44 do we say the verses mean the same?this religion isn't based on assumption and logic. what did the earlier nations say when their prophets came to them with the way of life from Allah. Allah says in ghaffir verse 83,"then when their messengers came to them with clear arguments they exulted in what the had with them of knowledge and that at which they used to mock befell them." ow! muslims the prophet(s.a.w)said,"Islam began as something strange and it will revert to being strange as it was in the beginning,so good tidings for the strangers(i.e who hold tight to it). I am not sure about muslims(being human beings) but Islam is absolutely perfect.wal-lahu A'alam Al-lahuma ina naudhu bika minan-nifaq.