Sunday, January 11, 2009

Shari'a vs. Civilization - "It is not a coincidence that Islamic societies 'look very different' from free societies."

Modern civilisation is based upon a few axioms. These are held as self-evident, and while not every society has been able to arrive at successful practise of them, they agree with them in principle. These are:

1. Equality of all human beings in the eyes of the law. In particular, men and women are equal in the eyes of the law, and members of all religious groups are equal in the eyes of the law.

2. Freedom of beliefs in general, and religion in particular. A person is free to choose the faith and the manner of his worship.

3. Freedom of expression and freedom to dissent. Freedom to intellectually scrutinize any doctrine, including a religious one.

4. Belief in democracy as the ideal mode of governance.

Once again, while no society has arrived at this perfect ideal in practise, most modern nations would agree to all four points in principle.

But not Islam. Not Shari'a. Islamic law (Shari'a) is categorially and emphatically opposed to ALL 4 axioms of modern civilization. Let us inspect each one in turn.

1. Shari'a law denies equality to women and to non-muslims. In particular, the testimony of a woman is worth only half of a man, and the testimony of a non-muslim is worth only half of a muslim. This is agreed upon by all 4 schools of Sunni jurisprudence (Hanafi, Shafi, Hanbali, Maliki).

2. Shari'a law does not allow a muslim to leave his faith. The penalty for a muslim who leaves Islam is death, according to all 4 schools of Sunni jurisprudence. This is based on numerous Hadith where either Muhammad directly says that those who leave Islam must be killed, or his close companions bear witness to him having said so. In several Hadith, this sentence is actually carried out (i.e., a former muslim is put to death, and this is recorded in the Hadith).

Shari'a law also does not give non-muslims the right to build their places of worship. It does not allow idol worship as a means of worship. Strict implementations of shari'a law demolish idols, such as the Taliban's destruction of the centuries old Bamiyan Buddhas.

3. Shari'a does not allow any sort of open discussion of Islam. Criticism of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad is punishable by death. This is part of law even in countries that do not have full fledged Shari'a law, such as Pakistan. Under Pakistan's Tauheen-e-rasool (literally "disrespect of Prophet") act, any criticism of Muhammad is punishable with death.

4. Shari'a is a strict alternative to democracy. In other words, Shari'a posits itself as a political system, and does not recognize the legitimacy of any other political system such as democracy. Every single school of Islamic jurisprudence says governance by Shari'a is the only acceptable form of Islamic government. Democracy is categorically rejected as an acceptable system of governance. Almost every Islamist writing pours scorn on democracy and secularism as "western inventions" that are "contaminating the muslim ummah."

So Islamic Shari'a law is opposed to all four basic axioms of modern civilization as we know it. It is not a coincidence that Islamic societies "look very different" from free societies. I have not even gone into subtleties such as barbarity of punishments (such as stoning to death, chopping limbs etc. which are imposed under Shari'a law). I am speaking simply of the basic axioms that underlie modern human civilization and society and which mankind has generally come to agree upon, with the one exception of Islam. Islam rejects all these axioms.

With thanks to Dharmaveer


  1. Anonymous11:28 PM

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  2. Interesting days lie ahead. Please BYOW (bring you r own weapon).

  3. PS: God is a bitch. He teases people who look to the afterlife with earthly rewards, and then promptly stamps a "go to hell" when the poor man gets seduced.

    Cookies if you figure out where I dug that from.
    (Brix shall be shat.)

  4. Anonymous11:52 PM

    the clash is happening..and I will not give in to beardos and allahs

  5. Anonymous11:58 PM

    its civilzation vs arabwannabees, haabees and nuts

  6. Anonymous2:39 AM

    alla is SATAN. SATAN gave thee useless bastards the oil which WE dig up, refine and sell for these brainless cretins.

    The REAL GOD is telling US to stand strong and rely on one another.

    All non-moslems are God's CHOSEN PEOPLE.

  7. Anonymous2:46 AM

    • A Muslim charity In Swindon is bidding to run the first Multi-faith Muslim School for Muslim and non-Muslim children and have teachers from different faiths. An hour of the timetable each day would be dedicated to studying Arabic and the Holy Quran. Non-Muslims pupils would be able to be exempted from the lessons, but it is hoped that the majority would choose to stay in class to gain more “insight” into the Islamic faith.

    • In my opinion, Multifaith school is not going to be successful because non-Muslim parents would not send their children. In the past, a plan for a Multi-faith secondary school in Westminster for 1000 pupils could not be materialised because faith groups could not come to any agreement. Now even Hindu community has set up state funded school in Harrow. Black community is also thinking of setting up its own school with Black teachers.

    • According to David Lammy MP, there are still too many inequalities in the education system which prevents disadvantaged children from applying to study for a degree. British schooling is wholly responsible for the inequalities. A culture of low expectation and a lack of rigour holding these pupils back. Every child must reach his full potential regardless of his background. Justice Secretary Jack Straw MP said British society should be one which recognizes and celebrates differences. One in which we all have an opportunity to flourish, regardless of who we are or where we are from. British schooling has been trying to integrate and assimilate Muslim community through education in the name of integration. The Imams and Masajid have been playing their parts to keep Islamic faith alive, but that is not enough. British schooling does not promote global cohesion. It does not encourage dialogue and increases understanding.

    • Bilingual Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. They need to learn and be well versed in Standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. They need to learn and be well versed in Arabic to recite and understand the Holy Quran. They need to learn and be well versed in Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their cultural roots and enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry.
    • Iftikhar Ahmad

  8. Anonymous3:02 AM

    you don't need to be well versed in Arabic to understand the Holy Quran.
    Don't give us this bullshit! we have enough of your Arab shit here in Maldives.

  9. Anonymous9:30 AM

    if you need to be well versed in Arabic to recite and understand the Holy Quran, your Allah must have made some stupid stuff if he allowed all these other languages to proliferate..

  10. You fucking Dhivehi Christians leave this country and go to non muslim country. dont try to change our mind.


  11. @Maanu: don't worry. No one has to go anywhere. Maldivians are not dumb to convert to Christianity. Our aqeedah and unity is enough. So let them just do their thing and be more tolerant. We may as well enjoy them try :)

  12. naseeh,
    are you "Nass" who used to comment and debate with us?
    If so, Welcome Back

  13. It sounds as if Nass and the other guys are already threatened. We are achieving a big success. Already there are many Christians here in Maldives. Christianity is the fastest growing religion in Maldives.

    Eat your hearts out Muslims!