Last month’s uproar over Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News statements that questioned Rep. Ilhan Omar’s American allegiance—statements that got her fired from the “conservative” news network—are not going away. In her opinion segment, Pirro stated: “Think about it. Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?” Needless to say, Pirro touched a delicate topic, and whenever a public figure seeks to question or point out the draconian tenets of Islam as dictated by the sharia, within which many Muslims in the West seek to auto-govern themselves, there are going to be repercussions.
The concept of self-governance under sharia law by Muslims in Western society has been a topic of controversy since the turn of the millennium, especially in light of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Proponents of sharia in the West, under which many Muslims seek to settle personal affairs—such as divorce, custody of children and inheritance—claim it is an exercise of their freedom of religion, a human right.
Yet, what is sharia?
Sharia literally means the “way” or “path.” Historically articulated, it is a shorthand term for an amorphous body of legal rulings, judgments and opinions, assembled over the course of many centuries after the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s death. It is based on the Quran and a copious number of hadiths (the sayings and acts of Muhammad) developed by the fuqaha (jurists) whose opinions enjoy an almost absolute authority over the faithful.
As a rule of law, it precludes the development of human reason as it is viewed as an expression of Allah’s inscrutable will. It is this same supremacy that renders sacred and permanent the concept of inequality between the Islamic community and the non-Islamic community, between the Muslim and the non-Muslim, and between man and woman.
There are two essential weaknesses of sharia, due to which the Islamic social realm has been absorbed into the whims of the political one: its autonomy and its incompletion. As a codification of customs, it does not depend on any official body (state or clerical), and therefore there is no universal concordance on its legislation within the Islamic body politic.
Sharia thus generates a zone parallel to a political or authoritative one that can be either circumvented or manipulated by people in authority. It may therefore be said to contain law, but at the same time, it is composed of elements and aspects that are not law per se since it excludes judgement.
The problem of having sharia alongside a Western legal system is that this will eventually lead to a systematic breakdown of civil/constitutional and governmental authority and regulation over its citizens.
We must remember sharia advocates, such as the American-Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), do not merely pursue concessions from government officials regarding sharia law, but rather their full and total capitulation, especially since they hold that everyone, regardless of religious affiliation falls within its jurisdiction.
As expressed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (1990):
“Allah … gave humanity a universal and well-balanced civilization, in which harmony [under the Islamic Sharia] is established between hereunder and the hereafter, knowledge is combined with faith, and to fulfill the expectations from this community to guide all humanity, with is confused because of different and conflicting beliefs and ideologies and to provide solutions for all chronic problems of this materialistic civilization.”
Much of the pro-sharia or Islamist crusade in the West has curbed our freedom of speech, for which groups such as CAIR have, with the help of the mainstream media, gotten government officials to capitulate — church officials, especially the Catholic hierarchy have also facilitated sharia proponents in this. Part of the epidemic has been, according to what then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo addressing a church in Kansas in 2014 regarding the public adherence to Islamic (sharia) law: “This threat to America is from people who deeply believe that Islam is the way and the light and the only answer.” His ally Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy, once argued that adherence to Islamic law—far from being protected by the First Amendment—should be considered “an impermissible act of sedition, which has to be prosecuted.”
We have a duty to defend our way of life, which is based on equity. Hence, we should even feel cornered or isolated by the sharia activists or by the dictatorship of the mainstream media. Instead, let us promote our Judaic-Christian principles: the Commandments given to us by God through Moses to be observed as our Lord Jesus Christ taught us.
N.B. This piece was originally published by the Clarion Project under the title Sharia Law: Is Its Goal To Subjugate Humanity? on November 1, 2018. Modifications were made in the first and last two paragraphs in order to concur with the current events.
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