Islamic and Muslim rules
Sharia is in Arabic mean a way to a wet place. It was from the Arabian citizens who dwell in the desert where there is no much water. They really need to get to the place where there is water in straight path, and as fast as possible, because they want to get to the water as fast as they can. Water here connotes life, because without it you can barely survive.
But For Muslims, sharia is a path to lead them to good life, harmony, happiness, contentment in this present world and after they have died.
What is really involved?
Sharia represents a form of texts written that guides every area of life. Sharia is a collection of written texts that governs every single aspect of life. This can be marriage, burial ceremonies and many aspects of life. Although, Sharia is the main law that guides the religion of Islam but its wider than that due to political, social and various cultural and economic issues.
Sharia law is divided into two form which include: Islamic law and Koranic .
Though, Koran had rules and instructions about certain situations, like the inheritance law which favors the male child from getting the double of his father inheritance.
In Areas that, the Koran does not touch, we device Islamic
- Ijtihad (individual or various scholarly reasoning).
We don’t actually have any particular country on the world that depends on sharia law. This is the main reason we don’t have Islamic country but rather Muslim country.
An Islamic nation is completely guided by sharia. Even around Saudi Arabia, which is where Mecca is situated and Prophet Muhammad born, sharia is still not totally followed.
In Malaysia where their customary law is same as sharia. Most of the citizens still have dispute against the sharia, and the result may be accepted by the court. That simply means that different country has different way of viewing sharia.
What is the Reason for Amputation?
You must have seen or heard various tales relating to amputation, child marriage, not allowing woman to drive, female mutilation and stoning. Koran actually has certain rules and laws about all of these. But the adoption is depends on every country interpretation of this laws. Some might have just understanding, while a liberal approach needs to be taken when we are dealing with another. There has been a lot of controversy as to all these interpretations, which bring us to the Australia case, which involves whether a woman to put on hijab or a Vail covering their hair. And even Australia government threatens to deport you if you have hijab on. But the problem for the country is that once you have a Muslim around you they are under Sharia. And claiming to be a Muslim without sharia is doing Muslim half way which is not acceptable. And talking, eating and how Muslim relates are guided by Sharia.
- So while Sharia may not directly dictate amputating a hand that steal, but its dependent on how the country interpret the text. That does not mean there won’t be alternative punishment, which is the area most people that interpret Sharia don’t understand. Such a person might choose the option of imprisonment rather than having is hand cut off.
- Sharia allows a man to have up to four wives, but if the country objects that then that is it. So such a man will have to just live with a wife and be contented with her.
Sharia is mostly misinterpreted by most countries and even so called Muslims. Most Muslim are ignorant of various complexities and reality of Sharia. We all need to familiarize ourselves with it and understand what it really stands for.
Myths about Sharia
Why most counties call for the banning of sharia, united state of America has successfully done that. Here are the various myths about Sharia Law:
- Is an Islamic Law
Sharia in a sense is not really a law so to say as most people and even Muslim interpret it. And Sharia is not a law or constitution put up by any government; it’s just a part of Koran that guide how a Muslim should live peacefully. So it’s not from any state or collections of rules of law. Sharia is divine and is just a way to guide Muslims.
- Is the Law you follow In Muslim Countries
its true that most rules in Muslim countries are dominated by Sharia, those rules in recent times has been bent by quite a number of things like colonialism and European influence.
- Treats woman unfairly
In most Muslim country they say that woman is not allowed to drive, that is farther from the truth. While it’s true that a lot of Muslim country treat woman as property rather than their part of life, like the Saudi Arabia banning of woman from driving, all of this does not have a place in the Koran. To be honest with you, they are all just woman interpretation and have nothing to do with Sharia.
- Demands extreme punishments
It’s true we still have the stoning, amputation of hand in stealing and all forms of brutal punishment against tan offenders this days, while this might be their own judgment it’s not what the Sharia says. Adultery attracts such punishment, but with only four eye witness and good proofs, it’s a sin and is the only thing that applies to the Sharia.
Sharia means the disciplines and principles that guide the behaviour of every Muslim and how behave, eat, talk, live peacefully, relate with community. Shariah also guide the interactions among groups, communities, and various organizations. Shariah lay the path the Muslim should follow in praising and worshiping Allah: fasting, prayers, pilgrimage and charity.
Shariah really means the right path to the watering, because without water there is no life, showing the way to Allah, as lay down by Allah, the creator of all being.