Ramadan Day 23:
Muslims are in bondage to Sharia Law
Islamic clerics and scholars teach their people: when the whole world has converted Islam, and every person is governed by the law of Allah, sharia, then there will be peace on earth. It is with that in mind that many Muslims call Islam “the religion of peace.” For only the “way” or “path” of Allah, laid out in the sharia code of jurisprudence can create an environment where people can live in harmony.
In Britain, the co-founder and trustee of the Islamic Sharia Council, Shaykh Suhaib Hasan, has this view. In 2007, he made headlines when he told a British news channel, ‘If Sharia law is implemented, then you can turn this country into a haven of peace. Because once a thief’s hand is cut off, nobody is going to steal. Once, just once, if an adulterer is stoned, nobody is going to commit this crime at all.’
Sharia law is derived from the text of the Qur’an, the text of the hadith (writings that Muslims consider sacred, detailing the life and example of Muhammad), and the rulings of Islamic scholars and clerics throughout the ages.
Sharia is composed laws relating to:
– Hygiene and purification
– Finances and economics
– Food and diet
– Theological obligations, including the hajj pilgrimage and funeral practices
– Marriage and divorce (a man can simply say, “I divorce you” three times to his wife; but a woman must pay to appear in court and prove that her husband is “not maintaining” her)
– Criminal jurisprudence, which includes punishment for apostasy, atheism, and homosexuality
– Military practices, including sex slavery (rape)
– Dress code
– Treatment of non-Muslims.
Many of these practices are demeaning to women and horrifying in relation to non-Muslims. In 2013, a Dutch woman named Machteld Zee was able to watch the proceedings inside two sharia courts in East London. She reported that women, being abused or abandoned by their husbands, were dismissed or lectured on the “biological reasons for polygamy.” One judge said that divorces granted in British courts were “worthless” to Muslims.
Over and over, vulnerable women and children received further abuse instead of justice.
While it true that there are many competing Islamic views on sharia, it is also true that all of them run into problems when it comes to the treatment of women. This is because the Qur’an itself states that men can marry up to four women, but that women can only have one husband. It says that a woman is only allowed to inherit half of what a man can (Surah 4:11). Surah 2:282 says that in court, one man’s testimony will be accepted, but there must be at least two women witnesses if their testimony is to be considered.
Fortunately, more Muslims than ever before in history have access to the teachings of their own religion, and are able to read and study Islamic source materials for themselves. Many are disturbed and begin to question Islam.
Today, we pray for people who are in bondage to the comprehensive system of sharia to gain access to a Bible.
We pray for the Spirit to use the Word to open their eyes to God’s plan of redemption, and for them to see that it is God Himself, through His Son, who brings peace.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in His flesh the law with its commands and regulations.
His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility.
He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:13-18