Does the First Amendment Protect Sharia Law?

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   In an article written by Dr. Mary Assel, retired director of the English Language Institute at Henry Ford College, concerning the First Amendment in relationship to sharia, she used the title “Sharia Law,” which is in itself a great evidence that she does not have a clue of what she is talking about as I read her article with this title. Obviously, Dr. Assel does not know that the word “sharia” means “law.” 

   So when she says “sharia law,” she is actually saying “law law,” which proved to me that she is living in la-la land, and this can be proven from the first paragraph from her article when she stated: “For all religious, social and political institutions to be effective, it is crucial to establish guidelines, rules and regulations for its supporters. Accordingly, the Qur’an outlines religious or Sharia guidelines for its believers so that as a religious entity, Muslims may conduct a just, ethical and moral life. Sharia guidelines are found in the canon of Islam as are elements of faith in the canons of Christianity and Judaism. They are intended to protect believers’ rights in matters such as marriage, education, safety, dietary restrictions, inheritance and peaceful cooperation among themselves and others.”

   In this article, we will only respond to her introduction. In her statement, “all religious, social and political institutions,” we see Dr. Assel lumping Islam with other religions as if Islam is simply a religion, especially when we talk about sharia (Islamic law) we must understand that more than 80 percent of Islam is politics (laws) and less than 20 percent is actually religion. The guidelines and rules of Islam cover all aspects of a Muslim’s life from before birth to after death. That is a fact. But to mix Islam with other religions is a great injustice because this legitimizes Islam and its so-called Islamic law. If she can successfully do this, this will give Dr. Assel the right to confuse the rest of us by making us believe that the First Amendment gives Muslims the right to practice sharia in America. However, the more we know about Islam, the more we know that it is unconstitutional for Muslims not only to practice the First Amendment but actually to live within the borders of the United States of America. 

   Dr. Assel continued to state that “the Qur’an outlines religious or Sharia guidelines for its believers so that as a religious entity, Muslims may conduct a just, ethical and moral life.” I love how liberals and Muslims alike, in their representation of Islam,  always talk about the Qur’an but never quote the Qur’an. What are the outlines of the Qur’an for Muslim believers? How do Muslims conduct a just, moral, and ethical life? Is the justice of Islam the same as the justice which we enjoy here in the United States? What about the ethical and moral life of the Qur’an? Is it similar or is it the opposite of the Constitution and the Jewish and Christian beliefs? Dr. Assel stated that the rules or guidelines of sharia intended to protect the Muslim “believers’ rights in matters such as marriage, education, safety, dietary restrictions, inheritance and peaceful cooperation among themselves and others.” 

  First, let us talk about the relationship between sharia and democracy to see if Muslim believers in America have the right to the First Amendment.  Muslims believe that any system of man-made laws is considered illicit under Islamic law, for whose adherents Allah already has provided the only law permitted: sharia. Therefore, we must understand that Islam and the Western-style democracy can never coexist in harmony. Mohammed Hashim Kamali stated: “Sovereignty in Islam is the prerogative of Almighty Allah alone. He is the absolute arbiter of values, and it is his will that determines good and evil, right and wrong.” (Mohammed Hashim Kamali, Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, 3d rev. ed. (Cambridge, UK: The Islamic Text Society, 2003). 8.)

   Muslims in the West will not practice their laws fully according to the teaching of the Qur’an and the hadith in one step because they know that the backlash of Americans will not allow such things but will actually deport Muslims from our borders. Instead, Muslims will use deceptive, sneaky ways to do so. First, they look for some liberals or what I call naive Americans who are ignorant of Islam or even of themselves. Then they will sugar-coat Islam so that Americans will swallow it without realizing the great harm within Islam. Then step-by-step they will follow the entire code of sharia. 

   In the beginning, Muslims will say that they love the American Constitution, the law of the land, but then later when the right time comes, they will say, “If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land” as stated by the Director of the Dallas Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Mustafa Carroll.

   In our next article, we will look at the justice, ethical and moral life in sharia to see if Muslims can enjoy the First Amendment in America as they practice the rights of matters such as marriage, religion, etc. 

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