How much longer must we be tortured with this mental diarrhea?
“Islam is peace”- George W. Bush
“We will never be at war with Islam” -Hussein Obama
“The enemy is Al Qaeda, not Islam”
I let you sort it out, Dick.
In “Is Newt Gingrich Wrong to Talk About Sharia?” in Pajamas Media (viaRaymondIbrahim.com), August 24, our friend Raymond Ibrahim discusses whether Sharia, as Lee Smith recently characterized it, is a “hopelessly abstract concept”:
In a recent article appearing inÂ Tablet, Lee Smith takes former House speaker Newt Gingrich to task for the latter’sÂ focus on sharia (i.e., Islamic law). The thrust of Smith’s argument is that sharia is a “hopelessly abstract concept” and “a highly idealized version of reality that has little basis in fact”; that sharia is “a catchall phrase for legal principles that have rarely, if ever, existed in actual Muslim societies”; and that “the notion that something called ‘sharia’ was widely imposed throughout the lands of Islam is an Orientalist fantasy.”My first observation is — even if all these charges were perfectly true — so? It hardly matters what shariaÂ really is; all that matters is what today’s MuslimsÂ believe it is. And a great many believe sharia is tangible and codified, and that it can, and should, be implemented in society. More to the point, telling the apostate or adulteress — who are regularly executed “according to sharia”– that they areÂ reallybeing murdered by “principles that have rarely, if ever, existed in actual Muslim societies,” is hardly reassuring.
Smith does acknowledge Islam’s famous draconian punishments; he just prefers to call themÂ hudud, and limits them to “Islamist outfits like the Taliban.” Similarly, Smith offers a blitz tour on Islamic jurisprudence — including the Hanbali, Hanafi, Maliki, and Shafi’iÂ madhahib, the differences betweenÂ usuli andÂ akhbari,Â fiqh,ijma,Â ‘aql,Â qiyas, andÂ ahkam sultaniyya — even as the reader wonders how these concepts are relevant to the discussion at hand: Islam in America, from a national security context….