5 Things You Need To Know About Sharia Law

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has called for deporting American citizens who believe in Sharia law. The Muslim Times has the best collection to promote secularism every where

Source: Huffington Post

Asking American Muslims to swear off Sharia law is a violation of religious liberty.

By Carol Kuruvilla; Associate Religion Editor

Following Thursday’s tragic attack that killed more than 80 people in Nice, France, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich issued a call for American Muslims to be “tested” and deported if they “believe in Sharia” law.

“Western civilization is in a war,” Gingrich told Fox News’ Sean Hannity hours after the attack. “Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization.”

In a Facebook Live segment on Friday, Gingrich clarified his remarks, criticizing the media for “trying to grossly exaggerate” what he said on Fox.

“If you are a practicing Muslim and you believe deeply in your faith, but you’re also loyal to the United States and you believe in the Constitution, you should have your rights totally completely protected within the Constitution.”

He added that his comments weren’t “about targeting a particular religion,” but about “looking for certain characteristics that we have learned painfully time after time involve killing people.”

However, Gingrich wasn’t clear about how exactly he plans to look for those “characteristics.” And he didn’t walk back on his desire to use belief in Sharia as a test of American Muslims’ loyalty to their country.

The truth is, Gingrich would be hard pressed to find an American Muslim who isn’t influenced by Sharia in one way or another. That’s because Sharia law is an essential guide to Islamic life that encompasses a whole range of behaviors and faith practices ― from praying five times daily to abstaining from pork and alcohol. 

HuffPost Religion put together this brief explainer for Gingrich and for others who think discriminating against an entire religious tradition will make America great again.

Sharia is primarily about a personal relationship with God. 

Sharia is an Arabic word that means a path to be followed, commonly a path that leads to water. This image of a road leading to the sustenance needed for life is a powerful one. Faraz Rabbani, an Islamic scholar, explained to the BBC: “The linguistic meaning of Sharia reverberates in its technical usage: just as water is vital to human life, so the clarity and uprightness of Sharia is the means of life for souls and minds.”

Sharia is drawn from two main sources ― the Quran, Islam’s holy book, and the Sunnah, or the example set by the Prophet Muhammad. It encompasses both a personal moral code and a general religious law that can influence the legal systems of Muslim-majority countries. It’s also a living body of law ― it developed over the centuries and is still being examined with fresh eyes by Muslim scholars and believers today.

Many religions have legal codes that offer ethical and moral guidelines for practitioners of the faith ― from the canon law of the Catholic Church to Jewish religious rules and practices, called Halakhah (which, like Sharia, also means “the path that one walks.”) And just as opinions about these laws vary greatly within each of these traditions, Muslims around the world fall on a vast spectrum when it comes to how to interpret Sharia.

Asking a Muslim to stop believing in Sharia is like asking her to stop practicing her religion. It is a blatant attack on religious liberty.

Much like Jewish Halakhah, which can influence everything from a person’s diet to the clothes they wear, Sharia is a set of laws that covers all aspects of a Muslim’s life, imbuing even mundane acts with a touch of divine significance.

According to the American Muslim scholar Imam Suhaib Webb, there are five main things that Sharia law aims to preserve: Life, learning, family, property, and honor.  From these main goals come laws about things like marriage, eating, worship, financial transactions, and many other essential aspects of living in a community.

2 replies

  1. The fact is that Islam pleads for the secular type of government more than any religion and more than any political system.The very essence of secularism is that absolute justice must be practiced regardless of the differences of faith and religion and color and creed and group.

    The Holy Qur’an admonishes us to do in matters of state, how things should be done and how the state should be run. The Holy Qur’an says: Allah orders you to always practice justice (16:91). And then it develops the theme by saying: let not a people’s enmity incite you to act otherwise than with justice (5:9).

    No amount of enmity between you and any other people, should permit you to deviate from absolute justice. Be always just that is nearer to righteousness. When you dispense your responsibility as a government, you must dispense those responsibilities with absolute justice in mind. Now, when absolute justice is established as the central theme of a government, how could Islamic law be imposed upon non Muslim? Because It would be against justice. And so many contradictions would arise.
    This is the interpretation proved from the practice of the Holy Founder of Islam, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. In Medina, when he moved there after Hijra, he came into contact with the Jewish and other communities who accepted him not as their religious leader, but a political leader. They agreed, and this is called the Charter of Medina, to refer to him all disputes and trust his superior judgment to resolve all the contentions between various parties.

    Islamic law had already been revealed at that time. Jews came to him for guidance or for decisions. Without fail, every time he enquired from them: ‘Would you like your dispute to be settled according to the Jewish law or according to the Islamic law or according to the arbitration?’

    Without fail he never imposed Islamic law on a non agreeing party, which did not belong to the faith.

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