If you have come to this site because of the headline question, I applaud your interest. There is much confusion as to what Sharia is and is not. I will endeavor to make this introduction to Sharia as simple and concise as possible, using quotes and references to Sharia’s own documentation*. For point of reference, “Sharia” translates “the Right Path”.
Most Americans believe Sharia to be no different to Muslims than the Catechism to Catholics or church tenants to Protestant Christians. Absolutely NOT so. Many Islamist groups such as CAIR, MSA, MAS, MPAC, ISNA, ICNA, and many others have allowed that false idea to perpetrate and even promoted it, under the Sharia principle of “taqiyya” (deception), as a religious freedom issue protected under the Constitution.
Taqiyya is not only permission by Sharia, but direction to lie [r8.1 “…obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory…” (which Jihad/dawa is)] in order to advance the cause of Islam, which is not to convert the entire world to be Muslim; but to bring the entirety of the world under rule of Sharia. In other words, you can be a Christian or Jew or even Zoroastrian, and live under rule of Sharia as a second class citizen. This is called “Dhimmitude”. It is covered in Sharia under the section on “Jihad” [o9.O] as “Non-Muslim subjects of the Islamic State (Al-Dhimma)” [subsection o11.O]. This status of “mercy” is extended to any religion whose sacred book is recognized by Islam at the time of Muhammud. It does not include idol worshipers, pagans, athiests, Mormons, Sikhs, Bahais, etc. These people are given opportunity to convert to Islam or die.
As a “dhimmi”, or subject of Islam, you must agree to acquiesce to Islam in all things. Pay the “Jizya tax”, the “non-Muslim poll tax” (protection money), refrain from any public display of non-Islamic religion including funerals, weddings, Barmitzva’s, ringing of church bells, display of crosses, menorah’s, Star’s of David, etc., because these practices and symbols are an affront to Islam. You may not quote Scripture aloud, celebrate Holy Days (Christmas, Easter, Passover, etc) and pork and wine are strictly forbidden. Proselytizing Muslims, criticizing Islam or Muhammud, and many other things are treated under the code of Sharia as subject to capital punishment[o11.11 referencing o9.14].
These are just a couple of relevant subjects discussed in Sharia. Sharia is the legal skeleton which supports the full and complete practice of Islam. Without Sharia you have no Islam (“Submission”). Without Sharia, Islam is powerless.
Never think for one minute that Islam is simply a religion, comparable to other religions, and Sharia is simply it’s tenants, or statement of faith. Islam is a complete socio-political ideology with its own jurisprudence, wearing a veil of religion.
Islam, by its very nature, must not co-exist with other religions, and the “Great Commission” given to Muslims is to bring the World into subjection to Islam, establish the Sharia, so that “Allah’s religion reign Supreme” [Quran 8:39].
I mentioned earlier that Islamists are promoting Sharia as simply a religious freedom issue, protected under the Constitution of the United States. Sharia flies in the face of the Constitution. Under Sharia there is no separation of “mosque and state” because under Sharia the legal authority is the Imam. Just in the few examples I set forth previously, there are numerous infringements upon individual Liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. Freedom of speech, freedom of religious choice without government oversight, freedom of fraternization, and the list goes on.
Article Six of the US Constitution declares the Constitution to be the Law of the Land, so therefore Sharia attempts to abrogate the Constitution. There’s another term familiar with Islamic Jurists, “Abrogation”. (Check it out here)
There are currently running, advertisements by ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America-a Muslim Brotherhood operative) across the country on radio and billboards, which denounce man-made law (Constitution) and extol the virtues of Sharia (“God’s Law”)-they are saying “God’s Law” because if they said “Allah’s Law” you would immediately reject it. I have heard these advertisements on the radio myself.
It is no coincidence these ads began at the same time that most States Legislature’s convened for 2012. Some 20 states are considering “American Laws for American Courts”, or something very similar which will codify the already established and proven Constitution of the United States, prohibiting use of any jurisprudence which does not protect the rights and liberties of ALL people according to the Constitution.
Islamist groups are opposing this measure as a religious freedom issue and charging racism, xenophobia, and bigotry. Sorry. This law is teflon coated…those charges won’t stick.
*[Quotes and References from: “Reliance of the Traveller, A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law”, by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri, translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller, accepted by Islamic Scholars around the world as the authoritative English translation]
UPDATE: This advertising campaign coincided with hearings in Kansas (and other states) on the “American Laws for American Courts” legislation, Kansas HB 2087. This bill underscores the liberties and freedoms set forth in the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Kansas. It will in no wise prohibit international contracts, but will protect individual freedoms and the right to be judged according to US and/or Kansas Law in court, and preclude use 0f Sharia or other law contradicting the Constitution.