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Sharia for Dummies

August 26, 2010

Nonie Darwish* has provided an excellent resource at Big Peace:  Sharia for Dummies.  This list of 33 samples of laws from Sharia should be a must read for everyone.

I once had an American Muslim convert tell me that he believed that the US should follow Sharia Law and that we would all be better for it.  He really did believe that women who commit adultery should be stoned to death.  Frightening.

Sharia is completely incompatible with Western democracy and freedom and anyone who argues differently is delusional.

* I highly recommend Ms. Darwish‘s book “Now They Call Me Infidel”.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. muslima permalink
    August 27, 2010 11:08 am

    The Jewish Torah prescribes the death penalty for adultery. In case of fornication with a virgin, the Torah has this to say:

    When a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged to be married, and lies with her, he shall give the bride-price for her and make her his wife. But if her father refuses to give her to him, he shall pay an amount equal to the bride-price for virgins. (Exodus 22:16-17)

    If a man meets a virgin who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are caught in the act, the man who lay with her shall give fifty shekels of silver to the young woman’s father, and she shall become his wife. Because he violated her he shall not be permitted to divorce her as long as he lives. (Deut 22:28-29)

    Here a virgin is not punished, presumably because she was seduced or coerced. But a virgin who commits fornication that is discovered after marriage is to be stoned to death.

    For some important Christian thinkers of the past also the death penalty for adultery was acceptable.

    The Qur`an has continuity with those earlier traditions and at the same time makes a great leap forward by reforming them, thus manifesting the divine love and wisdom that is its source.

    The continuity is reflected in the fact that almost universally pre-Islamic traditions recognize that some forms of sex such as adultery, incest, homosexuality, and bestiality are to be condemned and in some cases to be legally punished. The Qur`an confirms this universal wisdom of the pre-Islamic times.

    The great leap forward is reflected in the following reforms:

    1) Unlike Catholic Christianity, the Qur`an does not consider sexual pleasure a sin. In the Qur`anic view sexual pleasure becomes sin if it is sought out of marriage, that is, out of a solemn publicly known relationship that can ensure well being of the children.

    2) Unlike some pagan cultures there is no place in the Qur`an for “sacred prostitution” based on the idea that such sex pleases a goddess of sex – Astate or Ishtar or Aphrodite.

    3) Unlike almost all pre-Islamic traditions, the Qur`an makes no distinction between men and women who commit heterosexual offences, neither in the degree of sin nor in the punishment.

    4) Almost all pre-Islamic traditions are quite lenient to a man, married or unmarried, who has sexual intercourse with an unmarried woman. The Qur`an greatly strengthens the sanctity of marriage by making all heterosexual intercourse outside of marriage equally punishable.

    5) Unlike some pre-Islamic traditions such as Judaism and Hinduism, in the Qur`an or the views of the fuqaha the penalty of a Muslim does not depend on the caste or race or religion or social status of the person with whom zina` is committed. In the Qur`an, a Muslim’s punishment only depends on whether he or she himself/herself is free or slave and the punishment for a slave, unlike the punishment for a low caste person in Hinduism or a heathen in Judaism is not increased but decreased. In the views of most fuqaha the punishment also depends on the marital status of the Muslim who commits zina`. As for a non-Muslim the Qur`an does not give explicit guidance[9]. The fuqaha prescribe for him/her either the same punishment as a Muslim or some lesser punishment or the punishment prescribed in his/her own legal tradition[10].

    6) Unlike most pre-Islamic traditions, in the Qur`an the husband has no authority to execute punishment for zina` on the basis of his own judgment. If he suspects guilt on her part, he can accuse her by prescribed oaths. But the wife can avert punishment by rejecting the charge through similar oaths. She is not subjected to painful and humiliating ordeals, as the ordeal of water in Babylonian law, passing through fire in Hinduism or the ordeal of Sotah in Judaism. Her word is as good as his word.

    7) The Qur`anic punishment of 100 stripes is painful enough to be effective. But it does not lead to amputation or loss of life, as is the case in most pre-Islamic traditions[11].

    8) For unnatural sex the Qur`an stresses reform with punishments like house imprisonment for women and some other forms of punishment – left for the authorities to specify – for men (see Chapter 5). As noted earlier, imprisonment is also the punishment for adultery in the code of the Christian emperor Justinian. But in the Justinian code imprisonment is for life unless the husband takes the woman back within two years. In contrast, in the Qur`an the imprisonment can end at any time and not just if the husband decides to take her back; any new circumstances with a reasonable promise of rehabilitation of the woman can secure her release.

    the punishment specified for an unmarried person guilty of fornication in the Shari`ah is 100. In the very beginning of Surat An-Nur, it is stated that: (The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication,- flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment) (An-Nur 24: 2).

    As for the punishment specified in the Shari`ah for the married adulterer or adulteress, it is stoning to death. In the Kuwaiti Encyclopedia of Islamic Jurisprudence, we read the following:

    Ibn Qudamah wrote: “Muslim jurists are unanimous on the fact stoning to death is a specified punishment for married adulterer and adulteress. The punishment is recorded in number of traditions and the practice of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stands as an authentic source supporting it. This is the view held by all Companions, Successors and other Muslim scholars…”

    Read more:

    a piece of sincere advice for you…take out a print out of the link you gave and take it to any one of the committee members of the IAS and discuss them with him/her…you will find out that they are either untrue or quoted out of context…but are you willing to do that?

  2. Michele permalink*
    August 27, 2010 6:43 pm

    I’ll let this comment stand but please stop cutting and pasting huge amounts of text from other websites. It’s quite annoying in the comments. A small sample of text quoted and the link to the complete source is sufficient.

    Any future cut-and-paste excess will be edited and/or deleted.

    As for the Torah, nobody is advocating imposing any of those ancient punishments on anyone anywhere. However, a couple was just stoned to death this week in Afghanistan by the Taliban following Sharia Law.—-anything.html

    Iran is trying to stone a woman to death.

    I don’t need anyone from the IAS to explain Sharia to me.

  3. crazybengal permalink*
    August 27, 2010 7:49 pm

    No one is going to read a bunch of cut and pasted crap.

  4. muslima permalink
    August 28, 2010 2:12 pm

    no you dont need anyone to explain anything to you…you have your preconceived ideas…

    as for crazybengal’s CRAPPY comment, i will post whatever i like and as it is your blog you can post it or delete it…SUIT YOURSELF!!!

  5. Michele permalink*
    August 28, 2010 4:54 pm

    So hostile. Maybe you should have a snack.

  6. muslima permalink
    August 28, 2010 6:41 pm

    why don’t you as well and share it with CRAZYbengal

  7. muslima permalink
    September 2, 2010 9:00 am

    hostile? my my my isn’t the pot calling the kettle —–

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