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The Support for Sharia Law Around the World

By Rachel Molschky

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…What is Sharia?

Toni Johnson and Lauren Vriens of the Council on Foreign Relations offer an explanation:

Is this a "humane" death? Imagine getting raped, reporting the rape and then getting stoned to death for adultery.

“Also meaning ‘path’ in Arabic, sharia guides all aspects of Muslim life, including daily routines, familial and religious obligations, and financial dealings. It is derived primarily from the Quran and the Sunna–the sayings, practices, and teachings of the Prophet Mohammed. Precedents and analogy applied by Muslim scholars are used to address new issues. The consensus of the Muslim community also plays a role in defining this theological manual.

“Sharia developed several hundred years after the Prophet Mohammed’s death in 632 CE as the Islamic empire expanded to the edge of North Africa in the West and to China in the East. Since the Prophet Mohammed was considered the most pious of all believers, his life and ways became a model for all other Muslims and were collected by scholars into what is known as the hadith…”

Some of the main issues concerning Sharia law are the unjust treatment of women and the extreme punishments, in certain cases for things which are not even considered crimes in the West. In Europe, for example, capital punishment has been banned. Often times, there is much debate over whether or not terrorists and other murderers should be extradited from Europe to countries where the death penalty is used, such as the case of Abu Hamza, a convicted terrorist living in the UK who was eventually released to the US to face more terrorism charges. In the case of Abu Qatada, the UK finally agreed to extradite him to Jordan, but only after coming to an agreement that the “poor terrorist” would not be tortured.

While the torture of a terrorist is considered inhumane in Europe, let alone capital punishment, the reality of a full implementation of Sharia law would be a shock to Islam’s European sympathizers. Take the case of Anders Breivik, convicted of murdering 77 people. He got a jail sentence of only 21 years (with the possibility of extensions following the end of that term), the maximum possible sentence in Norway, and compare that to the type of sentence he might get under Sharia law.

Sharia punishments include:

  • The amputation of hands and sometimes feet for theft (often a hand and foot on opposite sides)
  • Stoning for sex outside of marriage (including consensual and homosexual, and even rape victims who come forward to report their rapes without four male witnesses- in doing so, they are admitting to having sex outside of marriage, which is “adultery”)
  • Capital punishment for a variety of crimes such as murder, adultery (mentioned above), and apostasy. The method by which this punishment is carried out depends, but the most common are public beheading (like in “Chop Chop Square” in Saudi Arabia), a firing squad, hanging or stoning.

In our society, we believe in the freedom of religion, but according to Sharia law, apostasy, leaving the Islamic faith, is a crime so severe, ex-Muslims are to be put to death. For this reason, many Muslim apostates live in fear, and those who speak out against Islam must hide their identities. If the State does not carry out their punishment, Sharia supporters will…

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