ECHR Ruling: 

"sharia law is incompatible with democracy and human rights"

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Annual Report 2003 of the European Court of Human Rights

Council of Europe

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Surveys conducted by Pew Research have revealed a great deal about Muslim beliefs and practices across the globe. But they fall short of providing an overall picture of the Muslim world because they are divided by country or region (see sample bar graph, below). The Muslim Global Demographic Project was established to answer this need by compiling Pew survey information in order to compute global percentages and global population statistics on Islamic beliefs and practices as they relate to security, terrorism, and the potential threat to Western culture. 1

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Executive Summary Survey Overview

  • The three Pew Research surveys compiled and analyzed by the Muslim Global Demographic Project encompass about 1.1 billion Muslims (two-thirds of the global Muslim population) living in 39 countries. Not every country was polled in all of the survey questions.
  • Sectarian divisions are a major source of conflict within Islam. Each sect believes it represents the true teaching of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. 67% (736.3 million) of Muslims surveyed believe that there is only one true interpretation of Islam’s teachings. Disagreements over the interpretation of Islam have sometimes resulted in deadly violence, mostly between Sunnis and Shias. In the Middle East and South Asia, there are tens of thousands of sectarian militants whose actions could spark a broader conflict (Q1).
  • Very devout Muslims—those who say their lives reflect the hadith and the sunna to a considerable degree—comprise 41% (369.7 million) of the survey population. They are more likely to say that sharia (Islamic law) is the revealed word of Allah, that Islam and sharia have only one interpretation, that proselytizing is a religious duty, and that sharia should be the official law of their country (Q2). They are also probably more likely to support extreme punishments such as amputation and stoning.
  • Though Muslims are evenly divided over the belief that there is only one interpretation of sharia, 69% of Muslims (741.8 million) in the survey countries favor making sharia the official law of their country (Q3, Q4) and 64% (581 million) believe it is the revealed word of Allah (Q4aa).
  • About one-third to one-half of Muslims in the survey countries (274.0 million - 463.3 million) believe sharia should be applied to non-Muslims in some way, and support extreme punishments such as whippings, amputations, stoning for adultery, and the death penalty for apostasy (Q5-Q8).
  • About one-third of Muslims surveyed (349.4 million - 361.8 million) support the forced veiling of women and say that honor killings are justified, in at least some circumstances, for women who commit pre or extra-marital sex (Q9, Q10)
  • Nearly 33% (333.7 million) of Muslims surveyed said they are concerned about Islamic extremist groups in their country (few were concerned about Christian extremists). Nearly 17% (177.1 million) said that violence against civilians can be justified in order to “defend Islam from its enemies.” The defense of Islam can be broader than resistance to armed attacks. For many Muslims, insulting Islam or Muhammad is regarded as an attack on Islam (Q11, Q12).
  • 46% (503.5 million) of Muslims surveyed believe in the “evil eye”—that certain people can cast curses or spells that cause bad things to happen to others. They also believe that its power can be overcome by incantations (ruqyah) and washings. These beliefs are based on the teachings and examples of Muhammad found in the canonical traditions, or hadith (Q13).
  • Nearly one-third of Muslims in the survey population (353.6 million) believe there is a natural conflict between being a devout religious person and living in a modern society. Most Muslims agree that Western music, movies, and television pose a threat to morality in their country (Q14).
  • In addition to the high degree of support for sharia, about one-third to one-half of Muslims (274.0 million - 503.5 million) in the survey uphold beliefs and practices (mostly related to sharia) that are contrary to many Western values, such as separation of religion and state, religious and individual freedom, freedom of speech, equality of persons under the law, protection from cruel and inhuman punishment, the right of self-determination, gender equality, and the rejection of superstition (Q5, Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9, Q10, Q13, Q14).

Assessment Overview

Security, Terrorism, and the Potential Threat to Western Culture

  • Many Muslims reject basic universal rights and freedoms.
  • A pre-scientific worldview continues to inhibit Islamic historical and scientific inquiry.
  • Very devout Muslims are likely to reject the legitimacy of Western laws and government.
  • Converting non-Muslims and promoting sharia are religious imperatives (Q15).
  • Intolerance of non-Muslims is widespread and continues to be taught.
  • Terrorism can be religiously justified to defend the integrity and reputation of Islam.
  • Over 100 million Muslims can justify acts of terrorism in the defense of Islam.
Summary: 

Pew Research did a worldwide survey about what Muslims believe and practice. I call this sociology, Muslimology. Their data was used to create a global picture of Islam. The results are astounding: 40% of Muslims are devout. They not only practice the 5 Pillars, but go further and follow the Sunna of Mohammed. A majority of devout Muslims want the Sharia, not our laws. Many want Sharia to apply to the Kafir as well. Nearly one in five devout Muslims wants Kafirs to be attacked to defend Islam. The demands for more and more Sharia will never cease.

Country: 
Indonesia
News Date: 
05/11/2018
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Three transwomen in the Indonesian province of Lampung were reportedly hosed down by authorities on Friday evening in yet another instance of extrajudicial punishment against the oft-persecuted gender minority.

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
03/11/2018
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The Labour Party failed to alert police to a violent  threat made against one of its MPs that is now subject to a criminal investigation. Party officials were aware of the threat to 

Country: 
Malaysia
News Date: 
04/11/2018
Summary: 

“The Sepang MP then claimed that marital rape was a term that was created by the West, before arguing that the Quran stipulates that husbands are not allowed to be violent towards their wives. ‘Islam has provided guidance on this matter,’ Hanipa added.”

Yes it has, but it is not the kind of guidance that Hanipa would apparently have you believe it is.

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Why police should stay out of ‘hate incidents’. A  calling Anna Soubry a ‘fascist’, an Asian man saying his friend , and a newspaper column by 
: these were among the 94,098 ‘non-crime hate incidents’ recorded by the UK police in the past year. The recording of such non-crimes has exploded in recent years. In the year 2017-2018, the number of hate incidents reached record levels, rising by 17 per cent on the previous year.

Country: 
Pakistan
News Date: 
05/11/2018
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  • "I am requesting the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to help us exit from Pakistan." — Ashiq Masih, Asia Bibi's husband.

  • "Placing Asia Bibi on the ECL [no-fly list] is like signing her death warrant." — Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association.

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Why Western progressives are not fighting for this persecuted Pakistani woman. Where are the West’s solidarity marches for ? Where are the t-shirts? Why aren’t ‘Free Asia Bibi’ flags flying on campuses? Why haven’t student progressives elected Asia as the symbolic head of their unions, as they did with persecuted Eastern European writers in the 1970s or African liberation leaders in the 1980s?

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“There’s no such thing as Islamophobia. My objections to Islam aren’t irrational. They’re based on serious concerns about how Islam lends itself to anti-Semitism, to misogyny, to homophobia.”

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