Sharia Law


The following is a chapter of Islam 101:

Unlike many religions, Islam includes a mandatory and highly specific legal and political plan for society called Sharia, which translates approximately as "way" or "path."

The precepts of Sharia are derived from the commandments of the Quran and the Sunnah (the teachings and precedents of Muhammad as found in the reliable hadiths and the Sira). Together, the Quran and the Sunnah establish the dictates of Sharia, which is the blueprint for the good Islamic society.

Because Sharia originates with the Quran and the Sunnah, it is not optional. Sharia is the legal code ordained by Allah for all mankind. To violate Sharia or not to accept its authority is to commit rebellion against Allah, which Allah's faithful are required to combat.

There is no separation between the religious and the political in Islam; rather Islam and Sharia constitute a comprehensive means of ordering society at every level. While it is in theory possible for an Islamic society to have different outward forms — an elective system of government, a hereditary monarchy, etc. — whatever the outward structure of the government, Sharia is the prescribed content. It is this fact that puts Sharia into conflict with forms of government based on anything other than the Quran and the Sunnah.

The precepts of Sharia may be divided into two parts:

1. Acts of worship (al-ibadat), which include:

Ritual Purification (Wudu)
Prayers (Salah)
Fasts (Sawm and Ramadan)
Charity (Zakat)
Pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj)

2. Human interaction (al-muamalat), which include:
Financial transactions
Laws of inheritance
Marriage, divorce, and child care
Food and drink (including ritual slaughtering and hunting)
Penal punishments
War and peace
Judicial matters (including witnesses and forms of evidence)

As one may see, there are few aspects of life that Sharia does not specifically govern. Everything from washing one's hands to child-rearing to taxation to military policy fall under its dictates.

Because Sharia is derivate of the Quran and the Sunnah, it affords some room for interpretation.

But upon examination of the Islamic sources, it is apparent that any meaningful application of Sharia is going to look very different from anything resembling a free or open society in the Western sense. The stoning of adulterers, execution of apostates and blasphemers, repression of other religions, and a mandatory hostility toward non-Islamic nations punctuated by regular warfare will be the norm.

It seems fair then to classify Islam and its Sharia code as a form of totalitarianism.

[ return to the Table of Contents of Islam 101 ]

See a Glossary Of Islamic Terms for definitions.

Islam 101 was written by Gregory M. Davis, author of Religion of Peace?: Islam's War Against the World, and the producer/director of Islam: What the West Needs to Know.

Read more about Sharia Law here:
Islamic Sharia Law in Brief
A Short Overview of Sharia


Citizen Warrior 2:09 PM  

A reader wrote to me before I posted the article above, and had a really good point. He wrote:

SUBJECT: "It's not just Shariah Law."


A vitally important subject missed by most liberals (in particular) is the effect that Islam will have on the arts. This may seem like a minor aspect to most people who recognize the danger of Islam, but in actuality it is much more important.

(When) and if Islam takes over the World, we will see the death of:

1. The music of Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart and of course Bach.

2. There will be no more (Western) opera or musicals.

3. Almost all literature (that Islam sees as subversive) will be forbidden, including the works of Thomas Mann, all the great writers of English literature, absolutely including Shakespeare, and nearly all great Western literature.

4. The concepts of the Great Western Civilization, as bequeathed to us by the Greeks, will be forbidden.

5. The great paintings and scuptures of Rome will all be dismantled and destroyed.

The world will be bereft of what makes Western Civilization what it is. The droning sounds of Muslim worship will fill the air with its semi-tones of grayness.

This is a message that must be heard. There are a billion reasons to fight against Islam. They are in your public libraries, on your CDs, in your books, on your canvas, in your movie theaters, in college courses, in museums, and the freedom of your ability to think about everything they represent.

This is a world I'm glad that I will not live to see.

I liked his comment so much, I asked him if I could add it to the comments of the article I was then working on (the one above) and he said yes, and then added more:

You can certainly print my point(s). It is time for this to be heard. The liberal West has no idea what Shariah and orthodox Islam means. It means the death of Artistic Western Civilization.

The college professors who coddle Muslim students, adding their own anti-war sentiment and anti-Israel stance...are seeding their own destruction. It is amazing how stupid they are. You want to shake them by the lapel and scream at them: "What you're doing means the death of everything you stand for!"

As an (amateur) concert pianist who grew up as a child playing the great works of Beethoven, Bach and Mozart, I've lived with this art all my life. This art expands the soul and feeds the mind. Had Beethoven wrote ONLY his Appassionata Sonata...and nothing else....he eclipsed everything the entire Muslim World has done for over 1,000 years.

"Multi-culturalism for Islam means only Islamic culture."

Manu Tripathi 8:39 AM  

highly educative.

dave 7:13 PM  

They already started imposing the way they live to the rest of the world ,

first , the censure on the mohamed guy , like if all the world would have to bend to a religion(wich are seriously retarded btw, imaginary friends should'n dictate people life)

then , in canada they impose that we blacken the windows of training center because woman exercising don't wear enough cloth for them (yep , not only they can't look somewhere else instead of crying likes babys , they also need woman to wear snow suit ... because ... idk they are seriously stupid , why try to understand them)

then they try to impose that their woman wear cloth on their face when they work in public place , there a code of cloth wearing almost every damn work place , either an uniform or only common sense , i would'n like to be serve by naked people as much as i would like to be serve by a sweat dripping retard who for some reason think that working in a snow suit in summer is a good idea .

then they tryed to impose that their kids go to school with weapons ... yep ... how very intelligent is that ! because ... let's be honest ... there absolutely no proof that weapons are a good tool to hurt others . hey i have an idea , let's start a religion where our kids must have rocket launcher at all time because it make them feel more like a man .

EVERY TIME I HEAR ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE THEY ARE DOING HORRIBLE STUFF TO OTHERS , nazi was doing that also ... what are we waiting for ?

Walter Sieruk 7:40 AM  

As for Sharia law it does teach death by beheading. As for beheading. That murderous Muslim in Oklahoma, Jah'Keem Yisrael, the Islamic organization C.A.I.R,in all fairness, did make some kind of denouncement of his violence and murder. Nevertheless, ,C.A.I.R's denouncement also referred to that ruthless murder as a "gentleman." What an inappropriate word to uses for that deadly guy. A choice of such a word from C.A.I.R says something about that group. Furthermore, the Quran does teach in 47:4. "When ever you encounter the unbelievers strike off their heads ..." That Muslim man did cut off a woman's head.

Frank95054 3:45 PM  

You laid out the reason why Islam should be taken to court and stripped of its First Amendment protections. While the First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees Freedom of Religion, it does not guarantee that all religions receive legal protections. For example, religions that practice human sacrifice are illegal. So too are religions that practice sex with children in virgin sacrifices. Islam should go the way of these religions because it violates our Bill of Rights and Constitutional protections. Also, your article perfectly lays out the Causes of Action that should prevail in any litigation against CAIR or any other Islamist organization claiming violation of religious protections. For the life of me I do not understand why Islam hasn't seen its day in court yet.

Unknown 7:21 PM  

Apostates from Islam have been executed for 1400 years in accord with the Koran and the words and actions of the Islamic prophet Mohammed and Islamic law, Sharia.

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Faraz 11:30 PM  

Sharia law is the body of Islamic law. The term means "way" or "path"; it is the legal framework within which the public and some private aspects of life are regulated for those living in a legal system based on Islam.

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