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SHARIA LAW AND MARRIAGE

April 29th, 2014Posted by Islamic Sharia

SHARIA LAW AND MARRIAGE

The concept of marriage is present in almost every society in today’s world. Also every religion has the basic concept of marriage in one form or another. So it’s quite obvious that marriage plays an important part in lying down of a stable and civilized society.

Criticism of Marriage in Sharia Law

Islam lays great emphasis on marriage. It strictly prohibits any form of adultery or infidelity. There have been quite a few misunderstandings associated with marriage and the role Sharia plays in a Muslim marriage.Meaning of sharia law

  • It is believed that Sharia Law allows forced marriage amongst Muslim men and women. This is not true. Islam does not support forced marriages. In fact, Islam allows free will and free consent in matter of marriage. Muslim man and Muslim woman are free to refuse marrying someone they do not consider as suitable match to them. Many people confuse arranged marriages as being forced marriages. This is not the case. Arranged marriages are initiated by parents of both bride and groom. However , this is more of a cultural arrangement rather than a religious one. South Asian countries have arranged marriages embedded in their cultures. Even other religious communities prefer to have arranged marriages within their families.
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  • Another misconception is that Sharia Law does not allow women the right to get divorce from their spouses. This is again baseless. Sharia Law allows Muslim women to get divorce if they feel they are being treated in an unjust and wrongful manner. The reasons for divorce are not much different from the ones that are used by women of other faith. Islam does not encourage divorce but this applies to both men and women.
  • There is also this never ending debate about Muslim men allowed to having more than one wife. Sharia Law does make a provision for polygamy but it comes with strict restriction. A man is supposed to be just and fair to all his wives equally. A man is to take permission from women he is already married to before bringing another woman into his wedlock. Also, this provision allows for a man to be married to widows etc.

Again, the basic understanding of Sharia Law is required to fully grasp the concept of marriage in Islam and how it serves to protect the rights of both men and women. It also plays an important role in making the bond stronger and keep this basic tool of society functional and intact.

CRITICISM OF SHARIA LAW IN UK

April 29th, 2014Posted by Islamic Sharia

There is a common understanding between people, especially non Muslims, that Sharia Law lacks compassion and is basically considered to be cruel. However, this assumption about Sharia Law is based upon examples and incidents that portray Sharia Law in the worst possible way.

SHARIA LAW AS CRUEL

Many critics of Sharia Law consider it to be quite harsh especially in modern times. However, many of the incidents quoted in this regard by media are biased. Media tends to highlight the small muslim minority that mishandles Sharia Law to an extent. If we look into history, we’ll come across many Muslim rulers who have been awful and have misused Sharia for their own benefit. However, it certainly does not mean that the essence of Sharia is lacking compassion. Media certainly plays an important role in forming general consensus by consistently highlighting a bad incident in which Sharia is involved; however, it will ignore all other good incidents where Sharia Law played an important part or deliberately ignore bad law making decisions involving modern judicial system.

Muslim Sharia punishment

Particularly in case of death sentence, how can any media justify a certain death punishment to be better than other types of death punishments? The purpose is to bring justice to the victim and also set an example for society to eliminate such instances in future. By saying that beheading of murderer in Islam is cruel as compared to electric chair or using lethal injection than this seems quite unreasonable. Islam orders swift death even for a murderer.

What is Muslim Sharia Law

SHARIA LAW AND GENDER INEQUALITY 

One of the main criticisms aimed towards Sharia Law in UK is that it is considered to be against women in some aspects of life. This is again not true. This is well known that Women gender is weaker by nature. Islam realizes this weakness of women and instead of exploiting it, it makes Muslim men take care of their women.

Muslim sharia council

Muslim men are to take care of their women and also provide protection to them. This is not treating women as unequal, this actually is quite opposite. Sharia Law gives importance to Women and their rights. There are laws to protect Women against oppression and wrong doing of Men.

DEATH PENALTY IN SHARIA LAW

April 29th, 2014Posted by Islamic Sharia

Sharia Law has been considered by many people, irrespective of them being Muslims or Non Muslims, as a cruel law. One of the various criticism directed towards Sharia Law is with regards to death penalty in Islam.

Death Penalty Debate in Sharia Law

People have questioned the death sentence handed out to a guilty person for an offense that is punishable by death. Although every judicial system allows death penalty to be handed out for certain crimes; however, Sharia Law comes under special scrutiny. Perhaps, the reason is the ‘type’ of punishment rather than ‘why’. Islam expects the execution to be carried out as swiftly as possible and in a quick manner. Hence, beheading is used since it is considered the most efficient way to execute a person.

Muslim  Sharia Law information for Womens

According to Sharia Law, murder is punishable by death. This means that murderer has to face death if he has killed an innocent person. However, Sharia Law permits the murderer to reconcile with the family of the victim if he feels guilty. He can ask them for forgiveness and in exchange for certain amount, the family of the victim can also choose to forgive the murderer. Islam lays great importance on forgiveness and also encourages its followers to be forgiving.

Stoning to death for Adultery

This is a topic that is up for debate even in present times. However, the basic understanding is that if a married man or married woman is found to be involved in adultery, they are to be stoned to death along with a certain number of lashes. For unmarried man or unmarried woman, they are to be punished by lashes.

Saudi Arabia sharia law punishments

This particular aspect of Sharia Law has received widespread criticism, especially from west. They consider this punishment to be quite harsh. However, this is the case because of lack of understanding about Sharia Law. The requirements to prove an act of adultery are quite strict. There need to be four adult witnesses to such an act and these witnesses should be able to testify that actual penetration took place. These requirements make it quite difficult to prove such an allegation.

Number of Deaths through Execution

Death toll through execution or death penalties in muslim countries, that follow Sharia Law, are low as compared to countries where modern judicial system is followed. The primary reason is again the requirements to be quite strict to prove an allegation and also the focus on forgiveness rather than revenge in religion.

ISLAM IN UK

April 29th, 2014Posted by Islamic Sharia

Islam is the fastest growing religion in world according to various estimates and surveys. It is the second largest religion, after Christianity, of the world. Hence, it comes as no surprise that Muslims make up for the second largest religious group of UK with an estimated population of around three million. Muslims are scattered all over UK and they represent a significant portion of UK’s current population. This makes it quite essential for Muslims to have religious freedom and also exercise their right to practice their religion in their daily lives. This also includes legal matters. Sharia Law, also known as Islamic Law, is to be followed by all practicing Muslims in legal matters.

Muslim  Sharia Law in Action

Sharia Law:

The basic difference between any modern judicial system and Sharia Law is primarily the scope and area that both these laws govern. While modern judicial systems focus on how individual behaves and acts in society, Sharia Law governs every aspect of an individual life. It is not limited to just society. Sharia Law covers minute details as well; such as, brushing teeth using a toothpaste while fasting.

 

Sharia Law in UK:

Since Sharia Law has quite a significant impact on Muslims and how they lead their lives, this makes it real important for them. In a developed country that is predominantly not a Muslim country, authorities have to hit the right balance between their current judicial system and Sharia law (Islamic Law). This becomes quite cucumber some. However, in recent times, Sharia Law has been applied where both parties are known to be Muslims and especially in issues such as property and marriage. Sharia Law has been implemented with help of Islamic Sharia courts, better known as Sharia Council.

Purpose of muslim sharia council

These councils play a vital role in implementing Sharia Law, especially in matters such as marriage, divorce and property. Although these councils do not have the right to impose their judgements on both the defendant and plaintiff but they play a significant role in resolving issues of Muslims in UK on basis of Islamic Law.

However, there is a widespread opinion about these councils and Sharia Law to be basically against women. Media in UK has tried and published various articles, opposing Sharia Law and its implementation in UK. Sharia Law basically requires very thorough understanding and only learned scholars can pass judgements on basis of Sharia Law due to the complexities involved. But this is gaining popularity in UK because of its efficiency and effectiveness amongst Muslim community.