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  • Sharia Law and English Law Comparison

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    A Comparison Table of Shari’ah Law and English Law prepared by Sam Solomon and Kathryn Wakeling of CCFON for the Debate on 4th June 2009 Regarding the Oral Question Posed by The Rt. Hon. the Lord M. Pearson of Rannoch

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    22/02/2017
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    A devout Muslim who said he had been married under Sharia law and could not be divorced in UK has lost a High Court fight.

    The man's wife, who has dual British and Pakistani nationality, had issued a petition for divorce in England.

    But the man said divorce could only be approved in Pakistan.

    A judge has dismissed his claim after a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in Birmingham.

    Mr Justice Francis said the woman lived in England and had a right to seek a divorce in England.

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    Malaysia
    News Date: 
    20/02/2017
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    “Critics of the bill warn that it could pave the way for full implementation of hudud, which prescribes punishments such as amputations and stoning, and disrupt the fabric of Malaysia’s multi-cultural and multi-religious society. ‘The so-called “empowerment” of the Shariah Court will only exacerbate the unequal treatment of Muslims and non-Muslims before the law,’ said Bebas, an NGO that organized a smaller counter-rally.” “No official figures were available on how many people attended Saturday’s peaceful support rally in Kuala Lumpur, but estimates were in the tens of thousands.”

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    Can a healthy, harmonious multicultural society tolerate private legal systems? Not if that means the subjugation of women in abusive and indeed dangerous marriages, a form of imprisonment in all but name sanctioned by their local religious leaders. As this newspaper reports again, the reality of sharia in some communities means precisely that. Sharia “judges” refuse to take the rights and complaints of women seriously, and, in some examples cited by researchers, fail to recognise the validity of a ruling of divorce made in a British court. Hence the subsequent oppression, which has too often shaded into violence and domestic slavery. Campaigners are calling on David Cameron to ban the use of religious arbitration in family matters.

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    Australia does not welcome sharia law. It violates the Australian Constitution. It would send Western civilisation back to the Dark Ages. It chains freethinking women to a set of absurd laws ­derived from the misogynistic prophet, Mohammed. It denies the right to criticise Mohammed’s half-witted notions because freedom of speech is only permitted in ­accordance with ­Islamic law. Islamism is a woman-hating, freedom-negating ideology whose most barbaric prin­ciples are codified in sharia law.

  • Country: 
    Malaysia
    News Date: 
    19/02/2017
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    Christians in Malaysia are becoming increasingly concerned about attempts to give Islamic courts more power and the ability to impose prison time of up to 30 years. The country's Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) is trying to strengthen the position of Sharia law in the multi-cultural society. Around 60 per cent of the nation are Muslim, 20 per cent Buddhists, 10 per cent Christians and 6 per cent Hindus.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    29/01/2007
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    A growing minority of young Muslims are inspired by political Islam and feel they have less in common with non-Muslims than their parents do, a survey reveals today. The poll, carried out for the conservative-leaning Policy Exchange thinktank, found support for Sharia law, Islamic schools and wearing the veil in public is significantly stronger among young Muslims than their parents. 

  • Country: 
    Australia
    News Date: 
    01/03/2015
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    A letter containing a threat to behead Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie unless she helps implement Sharia law in Australia has sparked a security assessment at the outspoken independent's office. The letter was received at the senator's Burnie office last week and included threats to behead the former Palmer United Party member unless she converted to Islam and helped implement Sharia law by March 18. It was accompanied by graphic images of a man being beheaded, which prompted the senator's office to treat the threats seriously. "By the powers invested in me by Allah, I senten

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    Yet what set of principles is less safe for women than sharia? As a moral and legal code, sharia law is among the most dehumanising, demeaning and degrading for women ever devised by man:

    • Under sharia law, a woman’s testimony is worth half of a man’s testimony in court (Koran 2:282).

    • Under sharia law, men are the “guardians” of women; women are to be obedient to men, and husbands may beat their wives for disobedience (Koran 4:34).

    Under sharia law, a woman may not refuse sexual access to her husband unless she is medically incapable or menstruating, a teaching based partly on Allah himself saying in the Koran, “Your women are a tillage for you; so come unto your tillage as you wish” (Koran 2:223)

    • Under sharia law, a woman inherits less than a man, generally half as much, again based on holy writ: “Allah enjoins you concerning your children: the male shall have the equal of the portion of two females” (Koran 4.11, 4.12).

    • Under sharia law, men and women who commit fornication are to be flogged. As to the punishment for fornicators, the Koran says: “Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment” (Koran 24:2).

    • Under sharia law, a man may unilaterally divorce his wife through talaq, whereas women are limited to divorce either under specific circumstances, such as the husband’s impotence, or with the husband’s consent and payment of a certain amount of money (khul).

    • Sharia law permits fathers to contract binding marriages for their children so long as they are minors; and although a boy married against his wishes may exercise his power to divorce his wife unilaterally once he matures, a girl’s exit from such an unwanted marriage is much more difficult.

     Although majority-Muslim countries have in practice abolished slavery (Saudi Arabia did so mainly as a result of foreign pressure in 1962), slavery still has not been abolished in sharia law. Sexual slavery was common in Islamic history and is accepted by sharia law.

    Defenders of sharia note that in some respects, Islamic law improved the position of women in 7th century tribal Arabia, for instance by categorically banning female infanticide. Yet surely, in the 21st century, we can set the bar higher than that?

    Contrary to the claims of Abdel-Magied, the problematic tenets of sharia are not some relic left over from the cultural practices of the 7th century. Today, sharia law is applied in many countries as a matter of reality, and it is also enforced in many Muslim communities in matters such as marriage, divorce, custody and inheritance proceedings.

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    One must praise the wisdom and courage of the Southern Indiana parents who opposed the decision by the Highlands Hills Middle School to subject its seventh-graders to sugar-coated propaganda from Saudi Arabia, a country run by a fascist oligarchy that has been taking advantage of America's hallmark basic freedoms to project a positive image of itself and its hateful ideology.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    05/12/2015
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    An Islamic judge "laughed" at a domestic violence victim who had gone to him seeking help and asked her "Why did you marry such a man?", it has been claimed. The shocking allegations have been revealed in a report into the use of sharia councils in the UK which also claims men only need to say "I divorce you" three times to separate from their wives while women need the sanction of clerics.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    24/10/2016
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    A GOVERNMENT inquiry into Sharia law in the UK has been blasted as a politically correct whitewash by an expert called to the investigating committee.

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    Delegations at the Peel District School Board’s Tuesday, Jan. 10 meeting descended into a spectacle that encapsulated the tension surging through the room. Given the police presence and increased security at the HJA Brown Education Centre, it was clear staff were anticipating blow-back from a report on the agenda regarding religious accommodation for Muslim students.

    One Palestinian woman, an ex-Muslim who spoke from experience, and could clearly speak both english as well as fluent Arabic, had a strong message for the parents and school board staff gathered there, as well as a warning to all Canadians about the danger of allowing Islamic-inspired laws, customs and policies to become embedded in Canadian society, as well as the minds of young Canadians:

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    07/02/2017
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    ISLAMIC radicals from the Muslim Brotherhood are attempting to gain a “monopoly” over mosques in the German state of Saxony and impose Sharia law, a local security chief has claimed.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    06/02/2017
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    Maajid Nawaz, founder of counter-extremist think tank Quillian Foundation, blasted the caller on his  phone-in after he suggested  in Saudi Arabia had led to it having “the lowest crime rate” compared to Western countries.

  • Country: 
    Canada
    News Date: 
    24/08/2015
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    Canadians have been debating all week in the Quebec legislature about potential passage of a bill called, Bill 59. What is Bill 59? It’s a hidden Sharia model of how to implement phase 1 of sharia blasphemy laws. However, when the enemy lives right amongst the people how many decades does it take before this presence manages to gradually picks the freedom apart, in small pieces at a time? Eventually left-wingers will give them the freedom to block everyone else the access to freedom.

  • Country: 
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    News Date: 
    03/02/2017
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    A WOMAN will be blinded in one eye in Iran after a judge ruled she should suffer an ‘eye for an eye’ punishment under Sharia Law. The country’s Supreme Court made the decision after the defendant, who has not been named, carried out an acid attack which left her victim without sight. The woman threw acid in the face of her victim, Sima, in Dehdasht a city in the south-west of the Middle East country, two years ago, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim. Head of the country’s judiciary Majid Karami said: “The sentence to blindness in one eye, payment of blood money [comp

  • Country: 
    United States of America (the)
    News Date: 
    04/02/2017
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    They come as refugees and then they want to impose Islamic Sharia law. 

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    Norway
    News Date: 
    31/12/2016
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    These words offer chilling insight into the mind of a radical Islamist: “We will defend our religion with our blood.” Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, known commonly as Mullah Krekar, was arrested on Thursday because of what he said in an interview with Norwegian TV station NRK. “When it comes to what happened in France, naturally I am happy that it happened,” Krekar said, referring to the deadly attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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    The judge held that according to the Islamic religion, the woman should submit completely to her husband's will, thus effectively accepting rape.

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    Muslims are generally obliged to abide by the laws of the land and the country they live in, whether it is a Islamic state (al-khilafa), Muslim countries, or non-Muslim countries such as those in the west, as long as they are not ordered to practice something that is against Shariah. If they are forced by the law to commit a sin, then in such a case, it will not just be unnecessary to abide by the law, rather impermissible.

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    In conclusion, it is necessary by Shariah to abide by the laws of the country one lives in, regardless of the nature of the law, as long as it does not contradict Shariah. However, if the law demands something that is against Islam & Shariah, then it will be necessary to abstain from adhering to it, for the famous Hadith states:

    “There is no obedience of the creation wherein there is disobedience to the Creator.” (Musnad Ahmad).

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    30/01/2017
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    Baroness Cox has launched a fresh attempt to tackle sharia councils operating in the UK and protect women's rights. Speaking at the second reading of her Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill, Baroness Cox said that "We must not condone situations where rulings are applied which are fundamentally incompatible with the laws, values, principles and policies of our country." Baroness Cox said that "Muslim women are today suffering in ways in which would make suffragettes turn in their graves" and that the proposals in her legislation, supported by the National Secular So

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    [Ed: This article is a view written by Indian-born women’s rights activist Dr Deeba Abedi who now lives in the USA. Please note that Dr Abedi consistently attacks sharia, not Muslims. Attacking a system of law is fair game, especially when the potentially controversial things Dr Abedi is saying about Sharia are there for all to see in countries that already live under Sharia law.]

    Those who cry for the introduction of sharia are often quick to blame the West for terror attacks because the West has so often meddled in affairs that . While this is surely true, it does not explain why the Chinese are seeing the same kinds of violence. China has been nowhere on the battlefield of the West’s war on terror. Such a notion also does not explain the abuse that sharia has rained down on countless African nations. It is simply a tactic to pull at the heartstrings of Westerners in order to get a foot in the door.

    If the UK does not soon awaken to this, then the British People will find that before long the beauty of their country will be gone. TV will be free from any news that does not have a sharia message attached, music will be forbidden except at times of prayer, dancing will be outlawed, women will be treated as chattel, and public beatings and executions will be normalized. Hands may be severed for stealing, and stoning for adultery.

    If this sounds like a nightmare, that is because it is. It is with visceral hatred that violent sharia law comes into a land. Sometimes it poses as a friend. Other times it comes with a sword. There are times that it has come, as now, dressed in “acceptance and tolerance” in a “time of need” – only to strike like a viper at the hands of those who have accepted them inside. Once inside, sharia does not leave, and it kills those who attempt to vote it out in any way. Now is the time to wake up, people of Great Britain: you have been warned!

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    29/01/2017
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    The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has given his backing to a fresh attempt to curb the powers of Sharia courts over vulnerable Muslim women. He spoke in a debate started by Independent crossbencher and Christian Baroness Cox, who said her aim was to tackle the "suffering of women oppressed" by religiously linked gender discrimination. She also spoke out against a "rapidly developing alternative quasi-legal system which undermines the fundamental principle of one law for all".

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    A former Archbishop of Canterbury says parliament needs to come to the “rescue” of Muslim women “trapped in bad marriages”. Lord Carey, who was head of the Church of England for 11 years from 1991, was speaking in a House of Lords debate yesterday. Peers were debating a bill proposed to reduce the power of sharia courts by making the law fairer for women currently discriminated by religious rules trying to escape violent or oppressive marriages.

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    • Mullahs seem to prefer protecting inhuman laws to protecting humans.

    • Most full coverings for women are black, which absorbs heat, and are made not of cotton but of non-porous cloth - in the scorching heat.

    • In a province of Indonesia, Aceh, a woman, accused of being intimate with her boyfriend is caned, in front of a jeering crowd. Later, a photograph of the screaming woman is published as a token of pride for the men who had just exacted this "justice" -- on her; no consequence for the boyfriend. It was a lesson to remind women to submit to their place in society.

    • Turkey last year presented a bill for tackling its widespread child-marriage issue: the Turkish government introduced a bill that pardons a rapist if he marries his victim. The victim is not consulted.

    • All forms of exploiting women are presented as divine law, sharia, in which women have no say, which they are unable to use in their own defence, and which they are forced to accept as their fate.

    • These are countries where men are not only permitted, but invited, to consider woman a pet -- to be killed, burned with acid, benzene or a weapon of choice supposedly to preserve a family's "honour".

    • These laws, put in place by the governments and the clergy, provide a safe escape for criminals, such as those who kill their women and claim it is in the name of "honour".

    • The deeper horror is that all these abuses -- child marriage, confinement, FGM, rape, torture, and legal discrimination -- have accomplices. These enablers are often well-meaning people from the West, "multiculturalists" who are reluctant to pass judgement on other people's customs no matter how brutal they might be.

    • Sadly, they are unable to see that they are actually part of the huge jihadi radicalization machine working under the very nose of even governments in the West.

    • As the British in India effectively got rid the people of the cultural practice of suttee, in which Hindu widows were required to throw themselves on their husband's funeral pyre, if people would really like to do "good", they will please help to stop similar crushing practices.

  • Summary: 

    Muslims are generally obliged to abide by the laws of the land and the country they live in, whether it is a Islamic state (al-khilafa), Muslim countries, or non-Muslim countries such as those in the west, as long as they are not ordered to practice something that is against Shariah. If they are forced by the law to commit a sin, then in such a case, it will not just be unnecessary to abide by the law, rather impermissible.

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    In conclusion, it is necessary by Shariah to abide by the laws of the country one lives in, regardless of the nature of the law, as long as it does not contradict Shariah. However, if the law demands something that is against Islam & Shariah, then it will be necessary to abstain from adhering to it, for the famous Hadith states:

    “There is no obedience of the creation wherein there is disobedience to the Creator.” (Musnad Ahmad).

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    What Anne Marie Waters is saying here is echoed in the plans of the jihadis that they have already publicly laid out.

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    And this is how sharia law supplants democratic law. Large gangs of knuckle dragging thugs just enforce it. No vote, no debate.

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    The reason I was expelled from the base is because I had two copies of the Koran.  One was a hardback study book and the other a paperback Koran; it is my interest to study the religion in and of itself and take notes.

    Well, what happened was that I wrote notes and highlighted throughout the books and came to the conclusion that the doctrine itself is that of murder, rape, and extortion.  That is my personal view of the religion.

    Well, dumb me, I wrote on the paperback Koran in black marker right on the front – RELIGION OF MURDER.  That is what I think of it.  The Command M.P. (military police) did an inspection in our rooms and were searching for General Order 1 violations; it's normal procedure finding drugs, alcohol, and pornographic material.  Well, in this search, they found my study Korans (under my bed) out of sight and out of view of others, and called me in to investigate why I had marked on the Koran RELIGION OF MURDER.

  • Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S. and around the world

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    "Unrepentant Apostates Should Be Killed; Homosexuality Is a Disease"

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    Radicalization is happening through the funding of mosques by Qatar who is importing to France their radicalized version of Islam.

    Recent undercover footage shows two French women’s rights activists entering a cafe in the Paris suburb of Sevran.  Upon entering the cafe, the two women were shocked as they were met with hostility from the notably all-male customers. One of the male customers told the women, “It’s best to wait outside.  There are men in here … In this cafe, there is no diversity.” Another customer explained, “In this cafe, there is no mixing.  We are in Sevran, not Paris.  Here there is a different mentality.  It is like back home.”

    Women in suburbs all over France are having similar experiences.  After speaking to several women in a suburb of Lyon, that these women who now were hiding from the public used to be the ones out protesting the status quo. “They are afraid, they have already spoken out in many cities, and were insulted and assaulted...So now to avoid threats, and being put under pressure, they censor themselves and keep quiet,” she reported.

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    The purpose of this article is to decipher the ominous, but heavily camouflaged language embedded within the English text of a recent scholarly document, published on the website of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), which is  Post-Election Statement: Principles and Roadmap (aka the Roadmap).

    As a 40-year specialist in the  of the  (GIM) and founding member of the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection (retired), my intention is to ‘pull out the threads’ of references in the Shariah-compliant Roadmap that are derived from the Quran and Hadith (and other academic sources), so that the general public sees more clearly that the AMJA is more than a simple ‘home-grown’ American Islamic organization.

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    The headscarf (viel) is a controversial symbol. If you are working in the defence of women’s rights, you should know that by now. Some consider it a religious symbol; others see it a tool of patriarchal control and oppression; and yet others consider it a symbol of the march of political Islam. When it comes to wearing the headscarf (viel), some women wear it because they truly believe it to be part of their faith. Others, one the other hand, are forced to wear it, and these are many.

  • Country: 
    Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    News Date: 
    02/07/2010
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    A 43-year-old Iranian woman is facing death by stoning unless an international campaign launched by her children forces the authorities to quash what her lawyer calls a bogus conviction. In a case that highlights the growing use of the death penalty in a country that has already executed more than 100 people this year, was convicted in May 2006 of conducting an "illicit relationship outside marriage."

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    The  against the imminent in Iran for adultery is an example of the outrage sparked by the brutality associated with sharia law's penal code.

    What of its civil code though – which the Muslim Council of Britain's Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra describes as "small aspects" that concern "marriage, divorce, inheritance, custody of children"? , "there is active support for sharia laws precisely because it is limited to denying women rights in the family. No hands are being cut off, so there can't be a problem …" , Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights, reveals the adverse effect of sharia courts on family law. Under sharia's civil code, a woman's testimony is worth half of a man's. A man can divorce his wife by repudiation, whereas a woman must give justifications, some of which are difficult to prove. Child custody reverts to the father at a preset age; women who remarry lose custody of their children even before then; and sons inherit twice the share of daughters.

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    The demand for the abolition of sharia courts in Britain, as elsewhere, is not an attack on people's right to religion; it is a defence of human rights, especially since the imposition of sharia courts is a demand of Islamism to restrict citizens' rights.

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    She discussed the shameful treatment of Charlie Hebdo following the massacre by some UK media outlets: after the attack, Sky News cut her off in the middle of an interview when she tried to show a cartoon of Mohammed. Those who defy Islamic blasphemy laws don't just face violence and threats, she said, but demonisation from the regressive left.

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    What are “rights”?
     
    right is an existential condition that permits an individual to live, act, and speak in ways that promote his existence and happiness as a rational being. “Rights” as perceived by Islam are privileges conferred on Muslims exclusively by Sharia and Islamic doctrine, and on no one else. “.” “Rationality” and “Reason” do not even have the same meanings in Islam that Westerners subscribe to.
  • Country: 
    United States of America (the)
    News Date: 
    19/01/2017
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    Parents in Southern Indiana are upset by a middle school worksheet’s portrayal of “Sharia law,” which they say casts the Islamic code in a positive light while ignoring human rights violations and the oppression of women. “The way that the worksheet is left would be like describing how effective Hitler was at nationalizing Germany and creating patriotism but leaving out that he slaughtered 6 million Jews,” said Dean Hohl, one of several parents who spoke out against the assignment at a recent New Albany-Floyd County school board meeting. He added: “I’m just not OK with m

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    Where does it come from, and why does it matter so much?

    The Islamic Sharia is a system of law. It is a collection of prohibitions, admonitions and commands about human behavior. The Sharia is not an internal matter that only concerns Islam and Muslims. The Sharia includes a large number of provisions about people who are not Muslims. These rules are usually prohibitions that carry severe penalties if violated. These provisions of the Sharia make life unsafe and uncertain for someone who lives under Sharia law and who is not a Muslim.

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     is a code of Islamic “law” that defines acceptable behavior and “codifies” do’s and don’ts for the average, gullible, brain-stunted Muslim. By its nature, and because of its purpose, it is totalitarian; it prescribes and governs virtually every action, decision, and choice of an individual.  Like Nazi ideology (and it is no coincidence that Islam is compatible with Nazism [], and vice versa), Islam erases the individual, requiring him to live, breathe, and eat for Allah in across-the-board submission. It even prescribes his bodily functions and behavior in the .

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    This week  Also this week,  submitted  to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Sharia Councils on how violence and gender inequality lie at the heart of the courts. By permitting Sharia courts, Britain is clearly failing to meet its obligations to gender equality in the family as specified in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

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    Dr. Bill Warner Moment: The Self-Taught Revolution against Sharia.
    Dr. Bill Warner (President, politicalislam.com)

  • In our opinion, the Imams and Islamic scholars have failed to make the case that the jihad currently practised by ISIS and other groups is not sanctioned by Islamic texts. The critics have broken the very rules they accuse ISIS of not following when they try to make their case by ignoring abrogation and parts of Islamic texts that are inconvenient to their argument.

    They have also tried to substantially misrepresent the way Islam was spread after the initial conquest of the Arabian peninsular as been by defensive wars and peaceful invitations to people to become Muslims. The historical record shows a very different picture.

    Similarly with slavery, their claim that Islamic states have abolished it (under pressure from Western countries it must be said) is technically accurate, however slavery is still legal under Islamic Sharia law and it is still widely practised in several Islamic states. There is no will or movement in Islam that we are aware of to change Sharia law to abolish slavery and that such a movement is most unlikely to occur as Muhammad kept slaves himself and the Qur'an itself says that captured women may be used as sex-slaves:

    [ - "O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee" Also , , ]

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    The critics have also implicitly endorsed the principle of Sharia hadd punishments provided correct [Islamic] procedure has been followed. That these senior figures of Islam, many in the West, who purport to be moderate implicitly endorse such punishments rather than flatly rejecting is troubling.

    The most troubling aspect however is that a multitude of senior Islamic figures are unable to make clear and unambiguous case against Islamic jihad and an Islamic caliphate that all, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, can clearly understand. The truth is that this letter appears to be mostly a public relations exercise designed to quiet growing Western fears regarding Islam. To that end, this letter is just another example of 'jihad by the pen' and one our governments have been quietly complicit in since 9/11 as this makes clear.

    As the - “It is not enough to engage with the jihadis solely on the battlefield. They must be defeated as well in mosques, and libraries, and seminar rooms. This is a battle that, in the long run, can only be won by theologians.” On the basis of this very serious effort by these Muslim critics of ISIS, we appear to be a long way from that happening, if indeed that case can be made in any unambiguous way?

  • Country: 
    Sudan (the)
    News Date: 
    19/01/1985
    Summary: 

    Mr. Taha and four of his colleagues were convicted and sentenced to death in a two-hour trial on Jan. 7 for ''heresy, opposing application of Islamic law, disturbing public security, provoking opposition against the Government and re-establishing a banned political party,'' according to the Sudan News Agency. Their specific offense was distributing a pamphlet calling for the abolition of Islamic law, which was imposed in September 1983.

  • A Parallel World - Confronting the abuse of many Muslim women in Britain today

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    We are fortunate to live in a democracy which enshrines the principle of equality before the law and is committed to the promotion of gender equality.  However, there are increasing concerns that many women and girls in this country are suffering from systematic gender discrimination.  The Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill has been introduced in an attempt to highlight this unacceptable situation.  The Bill seeks to address two interrelated issues: the suffering of women oppressed by religiously-sanctioned gender discrimination; and a rapidly developing alternative quasi-legal system which undermines the fundamental principle of one law for all.  It provides a remedy for women who do not want to submit to discriminatory rulings, whether by formal arbitration proceedings, informal mediations or pseudocourts.  While the Bill does not specify any faith tradition, it has specific relevance for Muslim women who are adversely affected by the policies of Sharia Councils and Courts, with particular reference, for example, to discriminatory inheritance provisions, polygamy, access to divorce and domestic violence.  It also seeks to address widespread concerns about the situation for women who do not know their legal rights under British law and/or who are pressured by family or the community to adopt the provisions of Sharia law, which may cause them deep distress.  Although such concerns have sparked lively discussions across Europe, the Bill only extends to England and Wales.  The Bill does not interfere in the internal theological affairs of religious groups. In a free society, and in accordance with the hard-fought tradition of freedom of religion and belief, individuals must be able to organise their affairs according to their own principles, whether religious or otherwise.  However, attempting to operate a parallel legal jurisdiction and to allow the de facto creation of new legal structures and standards is unacceptable.

  • Summary: 

    Recent news of an Islamic “sharia court” in the Dallas area raised alarms but once , and  reporters accepted sharia judge assurances that the tribunal is essentially just mediating marital and contract disputes, alarm subsided. However, since the Islamic Tribunal  announces that the Dallas sharia center is a model and will serve to “set a precedence (sic) that will be emulated and duplicated throughout the country,” Americans should persist in getting answers to some deeper questions before assenting to a sharia tribunal franchise. If sister sharia “councils” in the UK and the EU are instructive, this tribunal’s protestations that proceedings comply with the law of the land are false.

  • Country: 
    Canada
    News Date: 
    11/01/2017
    Summary: 

    On 02 December 2015, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed a series of Members of Parliament to be Parliamentary Secretaries. In the Canadian parliamentary system, this person is officially designated to assist their minister with minister with his or her duties.

  • Country: 
    United States of America (the)
    News Date: 
    03/01/2017
    Summary: 

    In the wake of a lawsuit alleging officers forcibly removed a Muslim woman’s hijab before booking her into jail, the Long Beach Police Department has changed its policy to let detainees wear headscarves and other religious items while in custody unless there’s a safety concern. Until last month, Long Beach police barred prisoners from keeping any type of religious head covering with them behind bars.

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