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Sharia Part 1: What is it?

30 Mar

Before I address more practical applications of Sharia (coming soon in future posts), I wanted to address some theoretical components.

Very simply, Sharia is the law of God. Though some Muslims will say that the Qur’an has all the answers (so cliché), it certainly does not have all the laws we’ll ever need pre-casted and ready to be implemented.  So as much as Sharia has come to refer to a static set of rules and laws, it is more appropriate to view it as a system of creating laws that are divinely sanctioned.  To elaborate a little more, like many other explanations about something that is deemed Godly, Sharia is supposed to be humanity’s attempt at developing a set of laws that is close to perfect as possible (perfection equaling God).

As any true scholar of Islam will tell you, the ‘characterization’ of God more closely parallels the transcendence of Judaism than it does the personal/human God of Christianity (BTW… Muslims believe that these are all the same God). By transcendence, Muslims mean that God is wholly other and mostly incomprehensible to man. The philosophers might liken this description of God to the concept of infinity; no beginning, no end, theoretically imaginable, not completely graspable. This is probably where Kant would say that we are hardwired to understand in a context of time and space.

Okay. So Sharia is the law of God and it must aim to be Godly, yet humans can’t quite grasp the notion of God like they can’t grasp infinity?? The confusion I have brought you to is exactly the point. Fundamentally, one must understand that the Sharia law is ultimately controlled, guided, and implemented by humans. Humans are not God and they can’t exactly know whether their actions are completely Godly. However, lawmakers can commit themselves to the ideals of justice and fairness.

Upcoming Posts:

Part 2: Religious Ritual Law vs. Legal Code

Part 3: What is a fatwah? A Basic Explanation of Islamic Jurisprudence

Part 4: Why is Sharia misunderstood (and villified)?

Part 5: Is Sharia compatible with the US Constitution?

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Presidential Contender ‘Resents’ Muslims

22 Mar
Herman Cain

Herman Cain, a Republican Presidential Contender, is gaining momentum in his hapless attempt to become the Republican nominee. As a relative unknown, what better way to ratchet up support and name recognition than to say he ‘resents’ Muslims? Fox Nation covered the story

Mr. Cain qualifies his disdain of a considerable segment of the American population by stating that he makes his judgment “upon the little knowledge that [he has] of the Muslim religion.”  When asked why he resents Muslims, Cain said, “…You know, they have an objective to convert all infidels or kill them.”

Though we know Herman Cain probably won’t even make it on to the primary ballots in Iowa or New Hampshire, Tea Party Patriots MUST denounce this myopic rhetoric. If we are going to focus on an agenda that reduces the deficit, empowers entrepreneurship, and elevates the importance of family values, we need to stop playing into the hands of the main stream liberal media. Let’s be honest here… even though the Tea Party is a sincere grassroots populist movement with a very serious agenda, there is an element that exists OUTSIDE our ranks that is conspiracy-prone, on the fringe, and dare I say it, racist *gasp*. Unfortunately, these are the same buffoons who get interviewed by MSNBC on a daily basis to bring down our movement. What better way to debunk a majority of Americans than to point at the Tea Party’s version of the village idiot?

Herman Cain is a self-made man who should be a role model to all Americans. His story shows us how a little bit of faith and some elbow-grease can allow a someone to go from a nobody to one of the most important and influential people in his field. Instead of focusing on the story of an African-American man that has garnered Tea Party support based on his actions, his fear-mongering anti-Islamic message works only to energize the faux Tea Party village imbeciles.

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