WHAT DOES SHARIA MEAN?

Sharia in Arabic means “way” or “path” and is considered the sacred law of traditional Islam. Sharia is derived from two primary sources of Islamic law: the divine revelations set forth in the Quran, and the sayings and deeds attributed to Prophet Muhammad collected in Hadith books. Islamic jurisprudence interprets and extends the application of Sharia to questions not directly addressed in the primary sources by including secondary sources. These secondary sources usually include the consensus of religious scholars based on their interpretation of the Quran and hadith.

The Muslim world differs as to what exactly Sharia entails. Modernists, traditionalists and fundamentalists all hold different views of Sharia, as do adherents to different schools of Islamic thought and scholarship. Different countries and cultures have varying interpretations of Sharia as well.

So we see that the source of all sects, divisions and conflicts in Islamic countries is based on the Sharia because it does not make use of the Quran alone. Instead it heavily weighs on hadith where people can find loopholes to justify their decisions on the subject matter. On the other hand, Allah says that the Quran is clear, easy to understand and it has all the details we need for our religious guidance.

[12:111]  In their history, there is a lesson for those who possess intelligence. This is not fabricated HADITH; this (Quran) confirms all previous scriptures, provides the details of everything, and is a beacon and mercy for those who believe.

SHARIA LAWS BASED ON HADITH ARE PROBLEMATIC

Man-made laws that conflict with Allah’s revelations in the Quran cannot be Islamic. They are a burden on Muslims. They are a burden on Islam. They are divisive. They do not represent true Islam. They give Islam a bad name. They are the source of troubles, terrorism and backwardness in the so called Islamic countries. These laws are unjust and blasphemous against Allah and His messengers.

[31:6] And from the people, there are those who will purchase a baseless narrative with which to mislead from the path of Allah without knowledge, and to make it a mockery. These will have a humiliating retribution.

[4:60] Did you not see those who claimed they believed in what was sent down to you and what was sent before you? They wanted to seek judgment using evil, while they were ordered to reject it. It is the devil who wants to lead them far astray.

When we reflect on Islamic history, this becomes more obvious. Consider this. For as long as the Muslims upheld the Quran, they led the world scientifically, technologically, culturally, socially, militarily, and economically. The borders of Islam extended from West Africa to China; into Spain and Eastern Europe.

With the collection of the attributed sayings and deeds of Muhammad into Hadith books some 200 years after Prophet Muhammad, a progressive deterioration of the religion of Islam ensued. Ironically, one can find in the hadith collections sayings of the prophet asking his followers not to record anything from him except the Quran!

Since the emergence and acceptance of these innovations as sources of guidance beside the Quran, the “Muslims” gradually became defeated, helpless and uneducated people. They went from the top to the bottom in a matter of a few centuries, and still cannot recover from this tragic situation.

The times of victory and pride can be brought back only if Muslims uphold Allah’s revelations, as exemplified by Prophet Muhammad. They must let go of the unjust Sharia laws that have no Quranic basis.

ALLAH’S LAWS ARE JUST AND FOR ALL TIMES

The Quran is the Final Testament. It is for all people, for all ages and for all times. Nothing can abrogate Allah’s words. Unlike the Hadith books, there is no contradiction or nonsense in the Quran. Upholding Allah’s revelations is the only way for the Muslims to get back on the “right track.” Allah promises happiness in this life as well as in the Hereafter. Therefore, heaven starts in this world if only we stay with Allah. It is time for the Muslims to re-examine themselves to see why they are in the situation they are, and what they can do to achieve Allah’s truthful promise.

[24:55] Allah promises those among you who believe and do good works, that He will make them successors on the earth, as He made successors of those before them, and He will enable for them their system which He has approved for them, and He will substitute security for them in place of fear: “That they serve Me, not setting up anything with Me.” And as for those who reject after that, these are the wicked.

It is time for the Allah-fearing, silent majority of Muslims to speak up against the injustice done to true Islam, Submission to Allah’s will—the religion of strict monotheism: The religion of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad and all messengers and believers.

It is time to let Allah’s light shine on us to guide us in His straight path. Let us turn to Allah Alone and His laws.

[5:15-16] O people of the Book, Our messenger has come to you to clarify for you much of what you were hiding from the Book, and to pardon over much. A light has come to you from Allah and a clarifying Book. Allah guides with it whoever follows His acceptance, to the ways of peace; and it brings them out of the darkness and into the light with His permission; and it guides them to a straight path.

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