Sharia is coming to a country near you, but it isn’t as pretty as it sounds.
Sharia is the Islamic religious creed that mixes in morality and law. The Sharia Courts have existed since the time of the Ottoman Empire when they functioned as the official court of the State.
Based on religious precepts of Islam, particularly the Quran and the Hadith, its interpretation has been a point of contention between traditional Muslims, and those who lobby for reform.
Classical sharia deals with many aspects of public and private life, including religious rituals, family life, business, crimes, and warfare. The detailed and all-encompassing rules for living life in accordance with God’s will relieve its followers from independent thought.
Sharia courts mete out brutal public punishments, including chopping off heads, hands, and other body parts, as punishments suiting the crimes. Death by stoning and other practices Westerners regard as “medieval” also persist.
Women are treated like second-class citizens, whether married or single. Girls, even before puberty, are used as sex slaves.
Just over a year ago, The Jordan Times revealed how sharia law deprives women of their inheritances:
“In what is considered an ‘audacious’ study, a new review of Jordanian legislation governing women’s inheritance proposes granting equal inheritance rights to both sexes.
“According to the Personal Status Law — which is based on Islamic Sharia in regulating individuals’ rights to inheritance — men inherit twice as much as women in several circumstances.”
Under traditional Sharia Law:
- A non-Muslim man cannot marry a Muslim woman.
- A woman’s testimony in court is worth only half that of a man’s.
- Muslims cannot change their religion.
- Other religions cannot proselytize Muslims.
BillionBibles.org has listed the key rules of sharia law – check them out. You might be very surprised at what you read.
Did you know that Dearborn, MI holds the distinction of having the largest Muslim population in America? Pro-sharia police arrest Christians who hand out religious literature.
Perhaps the most famous hallmark of Sharia is the image of women wearing head coverings (hijabs) or full-body veils (burkas). There is a perfectly good reason why it is to the Muslim woman’s advantage to wrap herself up when leaving home, as the oxymoronic “Religion of Peace” website explains:
“The covering of cloth is supposed to keep the sexual appetites of passing men at bay when women travel outside the home. This might even save a woman’s life, since she is usually assumed to bear the responsibility of unlawful sexual encounters and thus subject to stoning.”
Oh those men! Always wanting to make the beast with two backs at the most inconvenient times. But these women learn at a young age to “put up and shut up” – or else Very Bad Things happen.
Not surprisingly, men in most African countries favor adopting Islam and, with it, sharia, even if the average guy doesn’t really understand it. It’s just part of the package, like local TV channels with the cable package.
But what about sharia spreading into the Western world? The Council on Foreign Relations shared, more than three years ago, information that mainstream media never covers:
“A movement to allow sharia to govern personal status law, a set of regulations that pertain to marriage, divorce, inheritance, and custody, is even expanding into the West.”
That movement continues, to the point of culture clash. In 2013, seven US states passed “foreign laws” bills to prohibit judges from considering sharia when deciding cases.
Contrast that number with these statistics from the Southern Poverty Law Center:
“One hundred twenty anti-Sharia law bills have been introduced in 42 states since 2010. This year alone, 13 states have introduced an anti-Sharia law bill, with Texas and Arkansas enacting the legislation.”
Despite supporters of sharia who point out that Israel acknowledges it, so it must be okay, any American who’s done their homework understands that the problem with sharia lies in its interpretation and application.
Sharia law, in the hands of Muslim men, does not look at all appealing to most US citizens (especially women) – at least for now.
Will conflicts between national and sharia laws escalate to the point of civil unrest? Let’s hope not.
Education is vital to understanding – but knowledge is power.
So study up. There will be a test.