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Fear of Islamic Law, Known as Shari'a, Is Unfounded, It's Simply Islamophobia

By Mahmoud El-Yousseph

Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 20, 2017

Editor's Note:

The Arabic word "Shari'a" means Law. Thus, it's incorrect to use the words Law and Shari'a together, like some politicians do when they say "Sharia Law." It should be used as Islamic Law or Islamic Shari'a.



Those who are advocating that 3.5 Million Muslims in America want to impose the Islamic Law (Shari'a in Arabic) on the rest of America are either ignorant or liars, maybe both. This week the Republican National Committee online "Listening to America" sent a survey question asking Americans  " Are you concerned by the potential spread of Sharia law?"
Shari'a to Islam is what Halachah is to Judaism and Canon law is to the Catholic church. So why single out Muslims? The Republican party survey preys on people's fears and depicts Muslim Americans as if they are snakes hiding in the grass waiting for the next move and as such constitute a threat for our homeland security.
When The Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent a letter to the Republican Party leaders requesting a meeting to express Muslim concern regarding the survey, CAIR's request was ignored.
Lets pretend for the sake of the argument that Muslims want to change the U.S. Constitution. Wouldn't that take an act of Congress? Wouldn't also require 2/3 of both House and Senate, plus 3/4 of all states to ratify the constitution to the U.S. Since there are only 2 Muslim Congressmen in the House of Representative and none in the US Senate, that would be virtually impossible.
One more note, decisions and rulings in Islam are based on consensus. That is, majority rules. Since the 3.5 million Muslims in America are in the minority, they are bound by the majority rule. So to all bigots and hatemongers in the US of A, you could sleep tight tonight.
Republican will go through all imaginable pain to defame, smear and insult Muslims in our country to advance their political interest.  Here are  samples of some the GOP most bizarre public statements about Islam and Muslims.
* US Rep. Peter King , Chairman of US Homeland Security Committee accused Muslims in America of supporting terrorism, not loyal or patriotic citizens and implied in a recent interview that Muslims are not truly Americans. 

* Sharia law is “an existential threat” to the United States.( Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum)
* I would not appoint a Muslim to a Cabinet position or judgeship. ( Former presidential candidate Herman Cain)
* No Muslim should ever become US president ( Former presidential candidate Ben Carson)
* Donald Trump, when he was running for office, suggested that Muslims should be registered in a database and carry special identification cards. He also called for immediate and a complete ban on travel to the United States by Muslims until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is... ( presidential candidate Donald Trump)
* New Gingrich stated that all U.S. Muslims to be tested to see if they believe in the Islamic law of Sharia, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. He also called for the removal of Supreme Court justices (a lifetime appointment) if they disagreed.
Sharia threat is a myth, according to Raj Bhala, professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law, "The fear of Shariah is irrational, based on ignorance not only of Islamic law but also American law that prohibits cruel and unusual punishment."
After all, the Quran clearly states, "No compulsion in religion" (Quran 2:256). That means you can not impose your religion on other people even if it is your spouse. Speaking of spouses, since  polygamy is permitted in Islam under certain conditions, when was the last time you saw Muslim men lined up in front of City Hall in order to get other marriage licenses. Besides, when is the last time you have heard of any Muslim group lobbying our lawmakers to institute Sharia law?
Mahmoud El-Yousseph
Retired USAF Veteran


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