Changing the meaning of the Quranic word “Sharia” from “Moral Code” to “State Law” was one of the major conspiracies against Islam. In a modern state, political sovereignty lies with people. But in a Sharia state it lies on God. This treacherous and vague theory has been established with hyperbolic and hypnotic Islamic words loaded with crude religious emotion. As a result, the authority assumes informal ownership of religion. The rulers are answerable only to God and nobody knows what goes on between them. They legitimize violence in the name of God and seek God’s pleasure in demonizing and torturing women, minorities and secular Muslims. “Man never tortured others as completely and as cheerfully as when he did it to please his god” perfectly fits with radical Islam. Intimidating opposite voice is one of its successful tactics all over the world. A Muslim critic of Sharia law automatically becomes an apostate and must be killed under Sharia law. The exchange of ideas is the driving force of social progress but even expressing a contrary idea invites murder under Sharia law. Non-Muslims are its victims but have no right to criticize it.
In the West, people relax when a crime is exposed; they think that the system will take over to punish the criminals. Radical Islamists start from there; they know not only how to survive but also progress even after they have been exposed. There are ample proofs of the violation of human rights and local laws by followers of Sharia law. Examples are hate-preaching, conducting polygamy, female genital mutilation, “honor” killings, and wife-beating, but hardly anyone is punished. They take advantage of secular democracy and freedom of expression in order to remain safe even after they have been exposed. Secular forces are yet to develop a system to stop it.
Radical Islamists are indoctrinating our next generation from an early age. Once a young person is exposed to radical ideas, the ideas become almost impossible to shake off. Leaving our kids to be mortgaged to radical Islam will destroy our civilization. Secular education is not enough, the danger of theological states and benefits of secular democracy should also be taught in schools. The syllabus of radical Islam must be replaced by the non-violent interpretation of Islam, which is pluralistic, non-political, tolerant and gender-just. No violent Jihad, no blood-shed, no conspiracy, no stoning to death for adultery or apostasy, no amputation of limbs of thieves and no hate preaching. For a thousand years this Islam existed in full force in billions of Muslims hearts from Sind to Indonesia. Its theological base and structure are much stronger and legitimate than those of radical Islam. This non-violent pluralistic theological structure of Islam is our most effective weapon against radical Islam. To live Islam and to protect our civilization we have to defeat the institution of Sharia law.
The author is director of Sharia law and former president of Muslim Canadian Congress.
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