Are you someone who firmly believes in the rights of women? human beings? Have ever given out money in charity? took care of an orphan? an elderly person? Have you spent time with your parents? or spent equally on your children? have you helped out your relatives in some way? do you keep in touch with them?
Do you believe that animals deserve to be treated humanely? That they need to be taken care of properly?
As a female, do you own money or property? have you been educated like your male counterparts? Do you think female circumcision is barbaric? Do you believe that all children, even daughters, need to be treated equally in a family?
Do you dislike to be cheated in a transaction? Do you feel that monopolies shouldn’t exist in markets? Do you want transparency to exist in systems? Do you feel that the rich should be taxed and the poor should be taken care of by the state?
Do you dislike being lied to?
If you can relate to any of these questions chances are that you’re following the Sharia of Islam.
Islam, as it happens, is more than a religion (i.e., a set of beliefs). It’s a way of life (i.e., laws for the individual and state) like Judaism.
To protect the rights of non-muslims living in a Sharia state, it (Sharia) even has separate laws for non-muslims. Talk about built in diversity and tolerance.
The key to understanding the Sharia is learning about objectives of Sharia and how jurists have the flexibility in applying the fixed principles of Islam.
One thing that everyone should be aware about Islamic law is that, in general, it is more focused on deterrent theory of justice than a retributive or reformative, or any other form of justice system. At time, many Western systems have also focused on deterrent justice (Wikipedia is your friend here).
Want to know more about the Sharia? read the first answer here.
Dear reader, it’s easy to go with the flow. However, it’s better to know why you’re going with the flow? and, much better to know why the flow is even going in a given direction.