I found the following answer from Sheikh Hamza Yusuf very interesting:

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf – Modern idea of re-establishing Shariah Hudood Punishments

I agree with the Sheikh wholeheartedly, applying many of the Hudood (حدود) punishments to the muslims living in the modern world would, in these times, lack mercy (رحمة) due to the fact that the all-consuming material culture we are in has corrupted us too much to be held to these noble standards. As a consequence we should, in these times and this culture, refrain from their implementation. He also points out that the noble way of the companions of the Prophet, may God be pleased with them,  was to try to hide violations of the Hudood, not to go hunting for them and to force them into the public. I strongly recommend viewing the whole video.

 

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