December 03, 2007

How do you solve a problem like Sharia?

Some weeks ago, Front Page Magazine's sterling interviewer, Jamie Glazov, interviewed Hasan Mahmud, the Director of Sharia Law of the Muslim Canadian Congress. Mahmud played a vital role in the successful movement against the Toronto Sharia Court which was banned in 2003 when the Ontario Government enacted a law banning all faith-courts. He has authored books, debates, 2 docu-dramas and a documentary on Sharia. He has also spoken on Sharia in various conferences in Europe and North America.

Glazov started the interview with Mahmud and asked a very good, leading question:

You are a Muslim and not a very great fan of Sharia. Tell us why.
Mahmud:

Because as a Muslim I want good for all humanity and because I have seen what
Sharia contains and does to our women and non-Muslims. Human rights are more
divine than scriptures and are not negotiable even in the name of God. Human
rights are not to pass the test of scriptures; it is scriptures that have to pass the litmus test of human rights. Sharia fails there miserably, Muslim women are primary victims of Sharia, how can I be its fan? After all, people’s faith, life, right and dignity are not anybody’s toy to play with.

Examples of laws prove what Sharia actually is. Here is one from Law #344 of Codified Islamic Law Vol 1 – “Witness for a husband is not a condition to divorce his wife”. This law violates Sura Twalak verse 2 of the Qur’an that instructs to keep two witnesses of divorce. Another example is Law #914 C from Codified Islamic Law Vol 3 - Head of Islamic State cannot be charged for Hudood cases (murder, theft, robbery, adultery, drinking etc.). The same law is in Hanafi Law page 188 too. As a Muslim how can I not protest this is violation of justice?

Can you imagine more than three thousand raped women were in prison for “illicit sex” for ten to fifteen years by Pakistan’s Hudood (Sharia) Ordinance #7 of 1979 amended by Law #20 of 1980 that says proof of adultery and (emphasis mine) rape is confession of the accused or eye-witness of four male adult Muslims (the women could not prove rapes by this “proof”)? Can you imagine an Iranian woman appealing to the Sharia court to order her husband to beat her not everyday but once a week? Can you imagine many minor raped girls are publicly beaten by shoes and whips in Bangladesh by decree of informal Sharia Courts? Can you imagine hundreds of such cruelty is regularly reported in Muslim world but not a single of the world’s top Sharia-Bolsheviks is known to protest effectively?

It is shocking to see tons of such unjust laws established as Allah’s Law. It is shocking to see most of Sharia-supporters never read the laws and most of Sharia-leaders speak and write of justice but never show the laws. There was never any empirical study on the impact of Sharia on non-Muslims and Muslim women (more than half of world-Muslims), nor were they consulted to frame these laws. There is not a
single female Sharia-Imam in Muslim history. The result was predictable. Sharia
emerged not as a benign law book but malignant inspiration of creating a global
Islami State which is diametrically opposite to the Islamic faith system. The
West must realize any Sharia-supporter not only has to believe in a global Islamic state but also try for it. Supported by powerful, resourceful and cunning players it conquered most of Muslim-majority countries and now poses the deadliest cultural threat human civilization ever faced. The now defunct Canadian Sharia Court was its pinnacle of success in West. How many Americans know that the blueprint of American Sharia Court was created as early as in 1991by TAM (The American Muslims)?

Lest we forget the speed of a caravan is the speed of its weakest camel. Muslims will never progress if Muslims women don’t. On the other hand human civilization cannot progress if Muslims don’t.

Click here to read the rest of the interview.