November 6, 2011 | 7:09 pm
Posted by Brad A. Greenberg
I don’t know much about the Muslim Writers Guild of America, but one member, Qasim Rashid, writes at the Huffington Post that Sharia law is woefully misunderstood or mischaracterized. Rashid offers the five things that everyone should know about Shariah law.
I understand Shariah law to be Islam’s version of Halakhah. But I’m not trained in Quranic hermeneutics, and I don’t know the details of Shariah law well enough to agree or disagree with any of Rashid’s points.
Such countries have ignored the fundamental tenet of justice inherent in Shariah Law, and have instead used Shariah as an excuse to gain power and sanction religious extremism. To be sure, not a single example of a “Shariah compliant” country exists. In fact, the most “Muslim country” in the world is likely America, because America guarantees freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of thought—all hallmarks of Shariah Law. Those nations that oppress in the name of Shariah are as justified in their claims, as the slave owners who claimed their right to slavery was based on the Bible.
As for the “violent” verses from the Qur’an that are cited by both extremists and critics—honest legal interpretation abhors quoting an excerpt as a means to understand the full law. Unfortunately, both extremists and critics refuse to adhere to this basic principle. In sum, Shariah law guides a Muslim’s personal relationship with God, just as the Old and New Testaments guide Jews and Christians in their personal relationships with God.
This past March, the Center for American Progress published a report (PDF) that provided support for Rashid and debunked myths about Shariah. For more on understanding Shariah, check out this audio from the Council on Foreign Relations.
11.3.12 at 6:40 am | Back to blogging in August 2013 ...
8.20.12 at 12:22 am | Reuters reports that coordinated prayers at ...
8.19.12 at 9:04 pm | In particular, when journalists are identifying. . .
8.18.12 at 9:56 pm | Running afoul of zoning ordinances and an. . .
8.18.12 at 8:33 pm | Some research suggests the numbers are rising but. . .
8.17.12 at 3:41 pm | At an anti-Israel rally in Tehran on Friday, the. . .
5.7.09 at 11:02 am | In an interview with Danielle Berrin ... (128)
4.11.10 at 9:04 pm | Not to pick on Lefty, who won the Masters today. . . (97)
11.6.07 at 3:28 am | (89)
We welcome your feedback.
Your information will not be shared or sold without your consent. Get all the details.
JewishJournal.com has rules for its commenting community.Get all the details.
JewishJournal.com reserves the right to use your comment in our weekly print publication.