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Fear of Islamic Law, Known as Shari'a, Is
Unfounded, It's Simply Islamophobia
By Mahmoud El-Yousseph
November 20, 2017
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
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
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
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)
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?
Retired USAF Veteran
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