Have you heard yesterday that British Muslim
want a Sharia Law to be implemented?
It is reported that 4 out of 10 British Muslims want
sharia law introduced into parts of the country.
The most startling finding is the high level of support
for applying sharia law in "predominantly Muslim" areas
It is possible Sharia Law in Britain and find out how.Regards,
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Today I heard that The Archbishop of Canterbury advocated the adoption of parts of Shariah Law, or Islamic Law, in Britain. Some of the issues are as follows as per his lecture text below.
Among the manifold anxieties that haunt the discussion of the place of Muslims in British society, one of the strongest, reinforced from time to time by the sensational reporting of opinion polls, is that Muslim communities in this country seek the freedom to live under shariah law. And what most people think they know of sharia is that it is repressive towards women and wedded to archaic and brutal physical punishments; just a few days ago, it was reported that a ‘forced marriage’ involving a young woman with learning difficulties had been ’sanctioned under shariah law’ – the kind of story that, in its assumption that we all ‘really’ know what is involved in the practice of sharia, powerfully reinforces the image of – at best – a pre-modern system in which human rights have no role. The problem is freely admitted by Muslim scholars. ‘In the West’, writes Tariq Ramadan in his groundbreaking Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, ‘the idea of Sharia calls up all the darkest images of Islam…It has reached the extent that many Muslim intellectuals do not dare even to refer to the concept for fear of frightening people or arousing suspicion of all their work by the mere mention of the word’. Read the full text of his lecture here: Civil and Religion Law in England.
Let we discuss further what is the fundamental of Sharia Law or Islamic Law.
In order to protect the five important indispensables in Islam (religion, life, intellect, offspring and property), Islamic Law has provided a worldly punishment in addition to that in the hereafter. Islam has, in fact, adopted two courses for the preservation of these five indispensables: the first is through cultivating religious consciousness in the human soul and the awakening of human awareness through moral education; the second is by inflicting deterrent punishment, which is the basis of the Islamic criminal system. Therefore “Hudud,” Retaliation (Kisas) and Discretionary (Tazir) punishments have been prescribed according to the type of the crime committed.
Islamic Law and Jurisprudence is not always understood by the western press. Although it is the responsibility of the mass media to bring to the world’s attention violations of human rights and acts of terror, many believe that media stereotyping of all Muslims is a major problem. The recent bombing at the World Trade Centre in New York City is a prime example. The media often used the term “Islamic Fundamentalists” when referring to the accused in the case. It also referred to the Egyptian connections in that case as “Islamic Fundamentalists.” The media has used the label of “Islamic Fundamentalist” to imply all kinds of possible negative connotations: terrorists, kidnappers and hostage takers. Since the media does not use the term “Fundamentalist Christian” each time a Christian does something wrong, the use of such labels is wrong for any group, Christians, Muslims, or Orthodox Jews.
A Muslim who is trying to live his religion is indeed a true believer in Allah (God). This person tries to live all of the tenets of his religion in a fundamental way. Thus, a true Muslim is a fundamentalist in the practice of that religion, but a true Muslim is not radical, because the Quran teaches tolerance and moderation in all things. When the popular media generalizes from the fundamentalist believer to the “radical fundamentalist” label they do a disservice to all Muslims and others.
And if Sharia Law is to be implemented in Britain, others should not be alarmed. Why? To understand Islamic Law one must first understand the assumptions of Islam and the basic tenets of the religion. The meaning of the word ‘Islam’ is “submission or surrender to Allah’s (God’s) will.” Therefore, Muslims must first and foremost obey and submit to Allah’s will. Mohammad the Prophet was called by God to translate verses from the Angel Gabriel to form the most important book in Islam, the Quran.
The most difficult part of Islamic Law for most westerners to grasp is that there is no separation of church and state. The religion of Islam and the government are one. Islamic Law is controlled, ruled and regulated by the Islamic religion. The theocracy controls all public and private matters. Government, law and religion are one. There are varying degrees of this concept in many nations, but all law, government and civil authority rests upon it and it is a part of Islamic religion. There are civil laws in Muslim nations for Muslim and non-Muslim people. Shariah is only applicable to Muslims. Most Americans, Britons, Westerners and others schooled in Common Law have great difficulty with that concept.
To start with such preconceived notions limits the knowledge base and information available to try and solve many social and criminal problems. To use an analogy from Christianity may be helpful. To ignore what all Christian religions except your own say about God would limit your knowledge base and you would not be informed or have the ability to appreciate your own religion. The same is true for Islamic Law and Islamic religion. You must open your mind to further expand your knowledge base. Islamic Law has many ideas, concepts, and information that can solve contemporary crime problems in many areas of the world. To do this you must first put on hold the preconceived notion of “separation of church and state.”Let us broaden our mind on this, “Let’s Shariah Law or Islamic Law in Britain be implemented to Muslim Community only and not to others”.
Daripada Abu Umarah iaitu al-Bara' bin 'Azib radhiallahu anhuma, katanya: "Kita semua diperintah oleh Rasulullah s.a.w. untuk melakukan tujuh perkara, iaitu meninjau orang sakit, mengikuti janazah, menentasymitkan orang yang bersin, menolong orang yang lemah, membantu orang yang teraniaya, meratakan salam dan melaksanakan sumpah."
Ini adalah salah satu dari berbagai riwayat Imam Bukhari.
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