World Wide Sharia News Items

A Quick Sharia Refresher Course

The word “sharia” literally means “path” or “way”. Some scholars have translated the term to mean “the road to water”. Islamic sharia law provides a clearly delineated moral compass for the devout Muslim’s personal and public life. It also functions as a centuries-old system of dispensing justice and regulating the public and personal lives of Muslims who strictly adhere to the Islamic faith. It is probably inaccurate to refer to sharia as “sharia law” because to Muslims the two words can be synonymous.

The first written compilation of the entire body of sharia law can be traced to 632 A.D. when an Islamic scholar named Zayd transcribed revelations ascribed to Muhammad into the document which came to be known as the Qur'an. Firmly rooted in the Qur'an's 114 surahs, or chapters, sharia provides an ethical and disciplinary framework controlling social, legal, political and religious spheres of the observant Muslim’s life. The hadith, a collection of ancient documents reporting Muhammad’s words and actions not incorporated into the written Qur'an, also contain numerous key passages relating to sharia.

Sharia court decisions handed down by Muslim clerics are rarely compatible with Western societal traditions or American principles of civil and criminal law. What’s more, a strong potential for brutality exists within sharia. While such punishments likely have their origins in ancient customs once prevalent in Islam’s earliest host nations, they persist today in many Middle Eastern and Asian Muslim states. Depending on the alleged offense and specific circumstances, beheading, amputation, stoning and lashing are all permissible under sharia.  

Sharia is often regarded by Westerners with suspicion and hostility due to the violent and extreme nature of the punishments that may be meted out by its courts. The fact that sharia nearly always favors men in matters of divorce, child custody, inheritance, allegations of rape and infidelity leads to the widespread opinion that sharia is inimical to basic human rights, especially those applying to women. This belief appears to be well founded and is reinforced almost daily by creditable media reports in the world's press.

Sharia Alert Updates From Around The World

(Copyright AP 2007)
Indonesian woman caned after her sharia conviction for unlawful contact with a man.

Indonesia:  In preparation

In preparation

Egypt:  In preparation

Copyright 2002

Pakistan: Pakistan's Human Rights Commission (HRCP) reports that a woman in Pakistan is raped every two hours. This number is believed to be lower than the actual total because sharia in Pakistan deters women from reporting rape. Not only is a woman’s evidence not admissible in a Pakistani sharia court, but four men must testify as eyewitnesses to obtain a conviction of the accused. So bizarre is the value system behind traditional sharia that seventy-five percent of the women imprisoned in Pakistan are reported to be the victims of rape. Sadly, a recent decision by Pakistan’s parliament which was expected to lead to improved human rights for women has been unexpectedly sidetracked by reactionary forces in the current government. Among other things, the now stalled legislation promised greater use of modern forensic techniques and circumstantial evidence in trying such cases.
NOTE: The HRCP web site has suddenly gone dark, apparently an outgrowth of the martial law declared in early Novembe, 2007 by the beleaguered Musharaff government.

Britain: London's far left Mayor Ken Livingstone is said be taking a bullish stance on a proposed "Mega Mosque" for London town. Planned to be much larger than historic St. Paul's, the massive edifice is expected to cost more than 100 million pounds and would be the largest landmark in London visible to air travelers as they arrive for the 2012 Olympics.The mega tab for the mega mosque may be partly underwritten by the British government. This would be ironical, given the Crown's long history of denying the country's hundreds of tumble down, historic churches a single farthing for much needed restoration. A prime mover behind London's Markaz Mosque, a structure that would hold nearly as many people as the planned 80,000 seat Olympic stadium, is Tablighi Jamaat, the radical Muslim sect that briefly served as convicted "shoe bomber" Richard Reid's alma mater.

Denmark:  In preparation

Australia: In December, 2006, in response to increasing pressure from militant Muslims, Prime Minister John Howard and several cabinet ministers made it abundantly clear they were drawing a line in the sand on the sharia issue. Treasurer Peter Costello hinted that some radical clerics may be asked to leave Australia if they were unwilling to accept the fact that their adopted homeland was a secular state and its laws would always be made by parliament, not sharia courts. Education Minister Brendan Nelson was much more direct when he was quoted saying that "[Muslims] who don't want to accept local values and understand them, well then they can basically clear off." The remarks were prompted by a series of events including Sidney's sudden decision not to hang Christmas lights for fear of offending Muslims and the State of South Australia's last minute ruling allowing Muslim women to have driver's license photos taken with their faces completely covered.

Iran: Paul Marshall reports in The Weekly Standard that the Iranian government is ramping up its long standing persecution of Baha'is, over 300,000 of whom still reside in Iran. Employing an anti-Baha'i campaign  apparently lifted wholesale from the Nazi's pogrom play book, Iran now prohibits Baha'is from engaging in most jobs and professions and denies them enrollment in Iranian universities. Baha'i employment is restricted to comparatively menial undertakings, thus limiting them to a few officially condoned "modest livelihoods".

(Copyright AP 2007)
                   Convicted petty criminals being hung in Mashad, Iran in August , 2007.

Banks are closing most Baha'i accounts and quickly seizing their assets. Designated as "apostates from Islam", and therefore considered religiously unclean, Baha'is have been aggressively hounded by the Iranian government for decades. According to Iranian sharia, the gentle Baha'is fall into a special dhimmni category allowing them to be "murdered with impunity". The  persecution of Iran's Baha'is apparently does not cease with death. Recently, many Baha'i cemeteries have been bulldozed by minions of the ultra reactionary Iranian government. Under the Ahmadinejad regime, Iran has rapidly become a textbook example of sharia running amok.

The Netherlands: When naturalized Netherlands citizen Ayaan Hirsi Ali of Somalia was elected to the Dutch parliament a few years ago, Hollanders were bursting with pride over their tolerance and open mindedness. But it was not long before human rights activist Hirsi Ali found herself at cross purposes with the staid Dutch. Her collaboration with avant garde film maker Theo van Gogh initiated a downhill spiral for Hersi Ali, especially when she began working with van Gogh on a controversial, explicit film on the sharia based suffering of Muslim women. A fatwa issued against the edgy great grandson of Vincent van Goth quickly led to his brutal, public murder and a similar death threat against Hirsi Ali. Fearing more blood letting on its neatly tended streets, the government called for their Somali heroine's resignation from parliament and urged her to decamp to the U.S. Hirsi Ali complied, but was recently informed by Dutch officials that the 2.8 million dollars annually spent on her security detail would be rescinded unless she returns to Holland. Back in Amsterdam, Hirsi Ali now considers herself a marked woman and has little confidence that her Dutch body guards can prevent the Islamist fatwa from being consummated.

France: In preparation

                   Muslim woman shops for teddy bear. But do be careful what you name it!

Sudan: British teacher Gillian Gibbons clearly lacked an appreciation of the more subtle aspects of Sudanese culture when she accepted an elementary teaching position last August in Sudan's capitol city of Khartoum. On November 29, 2007 a Sudanese judge sentenced the middle aged Gibbons to 15 days in prison and ordered her immediate deportation upon completion of her sentence. The following day, a mass demonstration by Muslim militants  complete with professionally lettered Arabic banners and hundreds of standard issue machetes wended its way through Khartoum's narrow streets calling for the British teacher's immediate execution. The frightened Ms. Gibbons was charged with insulting and defaming Islam by allowing her seven year old students to name a teddy bear "Mohammad". Gibbons brought the stuffed toy to her classroom to use as a teaching aid and suggested to her eager charges that they democratically select a name for the cuddly creature. "Mohammad" won paws down and all appeared well until a Unity School staffer complained that use of Mohammad's name in conjunction with a stuffed animal was tantamount to blasphemy under Islamic sharia law. The wheels of Sudanese justice turned rapidly and teacher Gibbons soon found herself beginning a 15 day stretch in Khartoum's notorious women's prison where 1,300 adults and children are crammed into a mosquito infested structure originally designed to accommodate 300. At last report, two Muslim members of Britain's House of Lords were en route to Khartoum to reason with the Sudanese regime. By the way, this is the same hard line revolutionary government that fought its way into power via a military coup back in 1989 and pledged to create a conservative Islamic state. President Omar al-Bashir is making good on his promise, although the genocide his militias are now conducting against the Christian Sudanese population is reducing possible opposition one murder or rape at a time.

Copyright 2002

Saudi Arabia:
In preparation

In preparation

In preparation

U.S.A:  "Flying Imams" win first round in their law suit against US Airways. We are still analyzing the implications of this recent court ruling. At first reading, the news does not look good for the future security of Americans, especially when traveling via our air carriers. As one would expect, Wahabbi-funded CAIR operatives are having considerable difficulty concealing their glee at this seemingly misguided interim court decision.