Literally, it means "path," or "path to water," In its religious sense, it means Allah's law - the body of commands that, if followed, will provide the path to salvation. According to Islamic teaching, sharia is revealed in divine signs that must be interpreted by humans.
According to Muslim scholars, the Prophet Muhammad laid down the laws. Some of the laws are said to be direct commands stated in the Qur'an. Other laws were based on rulings Muhammad is said to have given to cases that occurred during his lifetime. These secondary laws are based on what's called the Sunnah – the Prophet's words, example and way of life and ijma - the consensus of Islamic scholars; and qiyas - a kind of reasoning that uses analogies to apply precedents established by the holy texts to problems not covered by them, for example, a ban on narcotics based on the Quranic injunction against wine-drinking.
One of the major concerns of people critical of Shariah law is that it is subject to interpretation and evolution. There is virtually no formal certification process to designate someone as being qualified to interpret Islamic law.
As it stands today, almost anyone can make rulings as long as they have the appearance of piety and a group of followers.
ISLAM - A SHORT SYNOPSIS OF HOW IT WORKS
Islam is not a religion nor is it a cult. It is a complete system. Islam has religious, legal, political, economic and military components. The religious component is a beard for all the other components. Islamization occurs when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their so-called 'religious rights.'
When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to 'the reasonable' Muslim demands for their 'religious rights,' they also get the other components under the table.
Islam is not a religion nor is it a cult. It is a complete system.
Islam has religious, legal, political, economic and military components. The religious component is a beard for all the other components.
Islamization occurs when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their so-called 'religious rights.'
When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to 'the reasonable' Muslim demands for their 'religious rights,' they also get the other components under the table. Here's how it works (percentages source CIA: The World Fact Book (2007)).
As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact, they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness:
United States -- Muslim 1.0%
Australia -- Muslim 1.5%
Canada -- Muslim 1.9%
China -- Muslim 1%-2%
Italy -- Muslim 1.5%
Norway -- Muslim 1.8%
At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs:
Denmark -- Muslim 2%
Germany -- Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom -- Muslim 2.7%
Spain -- Muslim 4%
Thailand -- Muslim 4.6%
From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.
They will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves -- along with threats for failure to comply. ( United States ).
France -- Muslim 8%
Philippines -- Muslim 5%
Sweden -- Muslim 5%
Switzerland-- Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands -- Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad &Tobago -- Muslim 5.8%
At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islam is not to convert the world but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.
When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions ( Paris -- car-burnings). Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats ( Amsterdam -- Mohammed cartoons).
Guyana -- Muslim 10%
India -- Muslim 13.4%
Israel -- Muslim 16%
Kenya -- Muslim 10%
Russia -- Muslim 10-15%
After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning:
Ethiopia -- Muslim 32.8%
At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare:
Bosnia -- Muslim 40%
Chad -- Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon -- Muslim 59.7%
From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels:
Albania -- Muslim 70%
Malaysia -- Muslim 60.4%
Qatar -- Muslim 77.5%
Sudan -- Muslim 70%
After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide:
angladesh -- Muslim 83%
Egypt -- Muslim 90%
Gaza -- Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia -- Muslim 86.1%
Iran -- Muslim 98%
Iraq -- Muslim 97%
Jordan -- Muslim 92%
Morocco -- Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan -- Muslim 97%
Palestine -- Muslim 99%
Syria -- Muslim 90%
Tajikistan -- Muslim 90%
Turkey -- Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates -- Muslim 96%
100% will usher in the peace of 'Dar-es-Salaam' -- the Islamic House of Peace -- there's supposed to be peace because everybody is a Muslim:
Afghanistan -- Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia -- Muslim 100%
Somalia -- Muslim 100%
Yemen -- Muslim 99.9%
Of course, that's not the case. To satisfy their blood lust, Muslims then start killing each other for a variety of reasons.
'Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world and all of us against the infidel' -- Leon Uris, 'The Haj'
It is good to remember that in many, many countries, such as France , the Muslim populations are centered around ghettos based on their ethnicity. Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. Therefore, they exercise more power than their national average would indicate.
And we continue to cater and negotiate in a politically correct way so as not to 'offend' our Muslim 'brothers.'
Time to wake up!
Islam's Legal System
Shariah law is Islam's legal system. It is derived from both the Koran, as the word of Allah, the example of the life of the prophet Muhammad, and fatwas - the rulings of Islamic scholars.
But Shariah differs in one very important and significant way to the legal traditions of the Western world: it governs, or at least informs, every aspect of the life of a Muslim.
What does it cover?
Western law confines itself largely to matters relating to crime, contract, civil relationships and individual rights.
Shariah is however concerned with more. Sharia rulings have been developed to help Muslims understand how they should lead every aspect of their lives according to Allah's wishes.
Shariah law is Islamic law dating back to the 9th century and is today the law of the land in Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and parts of Nigeria and Indonesia. It is the ultimate authority among the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hizbullah.
Female dress outside the home
A public stoning
Under the Shariah laws in Afghanistan, the Taliban's religious police, formally known as the Department for Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue, enforce the Shariah laws.
For example, a man’s beard must be long enough to protrude from a fist clenched at the base of the chin. If it is not, he is subject to punishment.
Under Shariah also in Afghanistan, women are not allowed to work in any field except the medical sector. The Islamic law of Afghanistan does not allow the employment of women in government departments or international agencies. Women should not go outside their residences with the exception of those working in the medical sector.
Other restrictions imposed on the citizens of Afghanistan include:
Schools for girls have been permanently closed. Once they reach puberty, females cannot talk to men or be in the presence of a man who is not a blood relative. Women must wear a head-to-toe garment called burqas when outside of the home. White socks were once common; they are now banned for being sexually provocative.
Men are required to grow bushy beards, and must attend prayers at mosques. Cards, listening to music, keeping pigeons, flying kites and other frivolous activities are banned.
Aid programs that brought relieve to tens of thousands of Afghan women were stopped; future aid must be routed through the women's male blood relatives.
In October 1999, they ordered all pictures of people or animals destroyed, since they were deemed offensive to Islam and in March 2000, Reuters reported that the Taliban ordered priceless statutes throughout the country to be destroyed.
Other examples of authoritarian Shariah law include:
1. The requirement of women to obtain permission from husbands for daily freedoms.
2. It forbids women from wearing jewelry and make-up and from making noise with their shoes when they walk.
3. If a woman does work outside the home, she is forbidden to sit beside the driver when traveling to and from work.
4. Stylish dress and decoration of women is forbidden.
5. The beating of disobedient woman and girls and insubordinate wives by men.
6. The execution of homosexuals and lesbians.
7. The engagement of polygamy and forced child marriages.
8. The testimony of four male witnesses to prove rape.
9. Honor killings of those, principally women, who have dishonored the family.
10. Death without trial to apostate Muslims who chose to leave Islam.
11. Inferior status of non-Muslims.
12. Capital punishment for those “slander Islam.”
13. Women are eligible for only half of the inheritance of men.
14. Virgins may be married against their will by a father or grandfather.
15. Arab women may not marry non-Arab men.
16. Muslim men may marry 4 women, including Christians and Jews.
17. Offensive war (military jihad) against non-Muslims is a religious obligation
18. Non-Muslims ruled by Islam must follow shari'a, including discriminatory “dhimmi” taxes and laws.
19. Non-Muslims may not receive Muslim charity (“zakat”), but may be bribed to convert to Islam but
20. Lying to infidels during jihad, or to promote Islam, is permissible.
21. Slavery is permitted and legitimate.
22. Muslim men have unlimited sexual rights over slave women, even married slaves.
23. Female sexual mutilation (cliterectomy) is obligatory.
24. Adultery is punished with death by stoning.
25. Women's testimony in court is worth half that of men (and is permitted only in property cases).
26. Non-Muslims may not testify in shari'a courts.
A 10yr old Bride
A public beating
The Death Penalty
Jihad through Shariah
Shariah requires its adherents to work for the realization of global Islamic theocratic rule. They are obliged to advance this goal through violent means (jihad) where possible, and through stealthy means where not.
In England, and in America, it sometimes takes the form of an effort to win acceptance for Sharia law by portraying it as a matter of “civil rights” and multicultural “diversity.”
But there is also another form of jihad that is part of the deliberate effort to have Islam replace all concepts of morality and the values held dear by the rest of us. The name of this silent "fifth column" effort is "Sharia Banking."
Unfortunately, Sharia Banking is increasingly accepted by western banking institutions without any real understanding of what the Muslim goal is and what is at stake in the efforts by these institutions to attract more business, profits, and money to bail them out of financial messes they brought upon themselves.
Islamic Sharia banking is coming to the United States and other western nations, thanks to global banks such as Citigroup, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs. Great Britain is now pledging to become the Islamic banking center of the world.
Many of today’s most prominent Shariah scholars are deeply involved with Shariah-Compliant Finance, serving as advisors to various banks, financial institutions and organizations established to administer, regulate or otherwise promote this industry. The more candid of these have openly described Shariah-Compliant Finance as “jihad with money” and “financial jihad,” an instrument for helping to destroy the Western economic system.
Why do western banks seek to participate in Sharia banking?
It is because it gives them a chance to enter the Islamic banking industry which has over $1.5 trillion available today and is growing at a steady and explosive rate of over 15% per year.
The implications for the west, and especially for the United States, are staggeringly destructive. Islamic banking working through global banks is doing for Islam what it could never do on its own: giving legitimacy to Sharia law and infiltrating it into the fabric of western society.
For those not familiar with Sharia Banking, it is a system which creates and sells services and products that are in strict accordance with Sharia law. Sometimes it is referred to in the Islamic culture as "Sharia finance." It dictates how the practices of banking, investment, bonds, loans, brokerage, etc., are to be conducted.
To insure compliance and to become "Sharia banking" compliant, banks must hire Sharia experts to review and approve each product and practice of the bank. This is known as "halal," which has been described as "the Muslim equivalent of kosher in Judaism."
There is a shortage of such Sharia experts, so there is competition among banks to find such experts to sit on their boards of directors. By having an "expert" involved in banking decisions, this provides the legitimacy to each banking decision because it is made at the director level rather management level. However, most of these Sharia experts" are from the radical Wahhabi school of Islam in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, and they hold views diametrically opposed to the basic values of Western civilization.
The Center for Security has identified some of the Sharia experts sitting on the boards of U.S. financial institutions. The top twenty "advisors" include many with conflicts of interests and anti-trust issues since they sit on boards of many Islamic banks at the same time. The Center for Security identifies a couple of advisors with ties to money-laundering and terrorism:
Yousuf Quaradawi, who is prominent in the Muslim Brotherhood, owns two banks himself and has issued statements in support of Palestinian attacks on Israeli citizens and has issued rulings supporting Hamas and Hezbollah jihad attacks against Israel.
Muhammad Yaqui Usami who is a radical cleric and Sharia court judge in Pakistan. He is on the board of organizations that train thousands of Taliban and jihad foot soldiers. But the most heinous thing is his complicity in the murder and suffering of countless innocent Muslims as apostates because they disagreed with his Islamic mandates.
These are the kinds of people advising U.S. banks on how to conduct their business to assure they are "Sharia compliant."
There are many differences of Sharia banks from orthodox banking. In Sharia banking, interest (deemed "usury" regardless of rate or amount) cannot be charged, and investments must not be associated in any way with gambling, drinking alcohol, eating pork, etc. Very importantly, it calls for alms giving, referred to in Islamic parlance as "zakat."
Zakat demands a tithe of 2.5 percent of revenue be donated to Islamic charity. If western banks follow this rule, it is certain that a portion of this money will end up in the hands of radical Muslims who are sworn to destroy the United States and replace our government with Sharia law.
Islam and Sharia law demands total and unquestioned submission. Its followers are told that Sharia law is given by Allah and that whatever befalls them (good or bad) is "Allah’s will." To question a judgment under Sharia (right or wrong) is to question Islam itself and will only bring harsh punishment. Curiously, by Islamic thinking, if persons receive harsh punishment for something they didn’t do, it is nonetheless acceptable--the rationale being that Allah could and would have prevented it if that had been his will. This fatalistic approach, which is contrary to what all other societies believe, allows Islamic rulers to get away with virtually anything they choose to do.
International bankers have long ago proven themselves to be completely amoral when it comes to money. They financed the Bolshevik Revolution in 1918 just as readily as they financially supported Hitler in the 1930’s. Now they are doing the same for the Islamists that want to destroy western civilization just as the communists and Nazis tried unsuccessfully to do before.
Muslims believe that Shariah is not something the intelligence of man can prove wrong, it is only to be accepted by humans, since it is based on the will of Allah. Muslims see their religion and government being ordained by Allah. It is their conviction that Islam is intended to be the religion of all mankind. It is to be the universal religion to replace Judaism, Christianity, and all others. While Muslims may deny it, they are willing to replace other religions first by conversion, then suppression and even armed conflict. In the Philippines, there is a growing Muslim population that is agitating for the institution of Islamic law. They have not hesitated to use violence to try to implement their beliefs.
Muslims feel that Shariah has been misunderstood by Christians, who have tended to concentrate on the demands for harsh punishments such as amputation of a hand or foot for theft and public flogging for people caught drinking alcohol.
Muslims claim that there is freedom of religion under Shariah. When Islam gains a strong representation in the population, they want to impose Shariah on everyone, since they believe that it is the only law that comes directly from Allah.
Shariah is not a religion. It was created centuries after the written Koran, Islam’s holy book. Just because a person is Muslim and therefore follows the Islamic faith, it does not necessarily mean he or she supports or chooses to live under Shariah. Many Muslims are brutally oppressed under Shariah-Islamic Law.
There is NO freedom of religion, equal rights, children’s rights or freedom of speech under Shariah-Islamic Law. Criticism of Islam or leaving the faith of Islam is a crime punishable by death.
Shariah in Action
The December, 2007, 'teddy bear' case in Sudan, where a British teacher was sentenced to 40 lashes and a year in jail for allowing her students to name their teddy bear 'Mohammad.' Islamic mobs demonstrated in the streets and called for her execution. more
The November, 2007, case where a 19-year-old gang-rape victim in Saudi Arabia received a sentence of 200 lashes for riding in the car with her rapists.
In 2006, a 34 year-old mother who was forcibly raped was ultimately tried and convicted of adultery, and was ordered to be stoned to death.
Publication of cartoons in Denmark deemed disrespectful of Mohammad which caused endless demonstrations and mayhem, as well as the killing of many people.
The Shariah Supremacy movement does not have the goal of hacking off limbs and stoning women in the West. No, their goal is more “multicultural” than this. The goal of the Shariah political movement is to have political Islam become an important component of Western life, bringing with it: Shariah courts to maintain patriarchal power in the family structure, censorship of speech and press to eliminate “ racism and discrimination” against Islam; control of western economies through investment by dictating “unislamic” and “Islamic” industries, and elevating the political importance of Islam far above any other religion.
Here are some of the developments
Footbaths in banks & airports (Minneapolis)
Polygamy (USA & UK)
Forced child marriages (Europe & Canada)
Honor killings (USA, Canada, Europe)
Spousal abuse among Muslim immigrant populations (USA & Europe)
Islamic holidays replacing American holidays like Labor Day (Tyson Foods)
Publicly funded Shariah Islamic schools (Virginia, NY, Minnesota)
Companies creating Islamic prayer rooms (Wachovia)
Nurses required to turn beds towards Mecca five times a day (UK)
Elimination of wine and alcohol at hotels (Hyatt)
Separation of men and women for recreation activities (Harvard)