Shariah – the law of the Qur’an.
Posted on June 24th, 2017

By A. Abdul Aziz

 Shariah is the law of the Qur’an and literally means A path to life giving water.” In fact, the word Yarrah (i.e. the root of the Hebrew word Torah) means precisely the same thing. Therefore, Shariah is actually ingrained in Abrahamic tradition. Shariah is comprised of five main branches: adab (behavior, morals and manners), ibadah (ritual worship), i’tiqadat (beliefs), mu’amalat (transactions and contracts) and ‘uqubat (punishments).  

These branches combine to create a society based on justice, pluralism and equity for every member of that society. Furthermore, Shariah forbids that it be imposed on any unwilling person. Islam’s founder, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), demonstrated that Shariah may only be applied if people willingly apply it to themselves—never through forced government implementation.

Additionally, the Holy Qur’an does not promote any specific form of government, but requires that the form people choose must be based on adl or absolute justice.” The Qur’an says, Verily, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency and manifest evil and transgression. He admonishes you that you may take heed” (16:91). It is worthy to note, religious preference is never mentioned. Therefore, in ruling with absolute justice, for example, the righteous Jewish King Solomon ruled as a just monarch based on this fundamental principle of Shariah Law—justice. 

Remember, the Qur’an teaches that religion must not be a matter of the state. Shariah is a personal relationship with God. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), even as the de facto ruler of Arabia, wrote the Charter of Medina in which Muslims were held to Shariah Law, and Jews to the Law of the Torah. Not a single non-Muslim was held to Shariah because Shariah itself forbids compulsion. The Qur’an clearly says, There is no compulsion in religion” (2:257). Furthermore, Shariah obliges Muslims to be loyal to their nation of residence. They must adhere to its Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

Shariah law champions absolute freedom of conscience and freedom of religion. For example, the Qur’an goes as far as to oblige Muslims to fight on behalf of Jews, Christians and people of other faiths and to protect their churches, synagogues and temples from attack. (22:41) Furthermore, Shariah holds that to be a Muslim, a person must testify to the truth of all past prophets, including Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Krishna and Buddha—and must respect their adherents. When Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) peacefully became the ruler of Arabia, his primary condition for non-Muslims (and Muslims) to reside in Arabia was that they allow all people of all faiths—be they Jews, Christians, Muslims or idol worshipers—to worship in peace and without oppression.

Then What about countries that oppress people and claim they follow Shariah? Such countries have ignored the fundamental tenet of justice inherent in Shariah Law, and have instead used Shariah as an excuse to gain power and sanction religious extremism. To be sure, not a single example of a Shariah compliant” country exists. In fact, the most Muslim country” in the world is likely America, because America guarantees freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of thought—all hallmarks of Shariah Law. Those nations that oppress in the name of Shariah are as justified in their claims, as the slave owners who claimed their right to slavery was based on the Bible. 

In sum, Shariah law guides a Muslim’s personal relationship with God, just as the Old and New Testaments guide Jews and Christians in their personal relationships with God. These paths to life-giving water are nothing to fear.

3 Responses to “Shariah – the law of the Qur’an.”

  1. Senerath Says:

    “Shariah may only be applied if people willingly apply it to themselves”

    If so it cannot be called a “Law”, it is only a discipline. Then call it a ‘Muslim Discipline’ and remove all violence from it. That violence should include violence of genital mutilation on babies.
    This is only a parralell ideology preached by a handful to cover up huge state run violent Sharia Law practiced world wide.

  2. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Where does this so called god stand with the Theory of Evolution? Whole world accepts how these two-legged
    creatures evolved over millions of years from most primitive life forms to be what they are today. Yet still all the religions, apart from Buddhism, talks about a god. Does it
    make any sense? But people follow those religions are scared to admit the god theory doesn’t make any sense
    because the god is going to punish them. If that is the case, god going to be the baddest of all since he is going to
    accumulate all the sins punishing these baddies. Again the god theory doesn’t make any sense. But how can you
    convince billions of people following these blind faiths? No chance since those un-religions spend billions to
    consolidate themselves with so many powerful organisations to look after their interests. Buddhism meanwhile? Buddhism’s non-violent nature itself is used by these guys to destroy it. Only true religion in the world getting destroyed by the un-religions. Shame!

    Take the five precepts of Buddhism.
    Do not harm living things
    do not take what is not given
    avoid sexual misconduct
    avoid lying or gossip
    avoid taking intoxicating substances eg drugs or drink.

    All the sins under the Sun come under those five precepts. Simple and straight forward! Now these clever two-legged creatures who are
    capable of making most complex things unimaginable, put a man on the moon etc. are surely capable of making the laws to discipline themselves if any
    of them step out of line. True? So a god who couldn’t create these clever two legged creatures in the first place, send the rule book
    from above doesn’t make any sense either. Do we need to say more about these absurdities then?

  3. Nimal Says:

    No Sharia law in Sri Lanka.Should be banned. Let those who want Sharia go to settle in Saudi.

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