Associated (with terrorists) Press Â blathers about “to avenge Muslim abuse.”
That is jihadspeak.Â
“Islam is about peace and forgiveness, join us in the fight against hate, ignorance and Islamophobia”
“Shariah” has become a dirty word of sorts both domestically and internationally, as the examples of the Islamic form of law’s brutality have continued to gain exposure in media and throughout the blogosphere. ButÂ The Islamic Circle of North AmericaÂ (ICNA), a groupÂ that works toÂ “establish connections between Islam and the public,” has launched a new pro-Shariah campaign to help transform the image of Islam in the eyes of a skeptical America.
To counter the negative notions held about Islamic law, ICNA plans to host conferences, while also purchasing billboards, television spots and radio PSAs. Additionally, the group is hosting a national hotlineÂ (1-855-Shariah) that individuals can call to ask questions about both Shariah and Islam.
The ICNAÂ has created a web siteÂ for the “Defending Religious Freedom” campaign that is aimed at helping the public better understand Shariah law and its implications. On a section of the web site entitled, “Shariah FAQ,” the group defines, in detail, how it views Islamic law,Â while drawing parallelsÂ to Jewish and Catholic teachings:
Shariah is the Arabic word for ‘the path’, which is commonly used to describe Islamic jurisprudence. There is no formalized code of Shariah. Rather, Shariah is an interpretive set of principles based on the Qur’an, the Hadith (the sayings and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad), and local custom and practice. Other than issues related to doctrine and belief, i.e. belief in one God, the vast majority of these religious decrees are subject to very wide interpretation.
Shariah, like Jewish Halacha law and Catholic Canon law, is a comprehensive way of life that constitutes beliefs, acts of worship, supplication, marriage and dietary restrictions. Both the First Amendment to the Constitution and Shariah promote freedom of worship. This is what Muslims do. Muslims do not impose penal laws in the U.S. They do not even apply alimony or many basic laws that other faiths enjoy. The misconceptions about Shariah are based on ignorance, not facts.
In addition to calling out “ignorance,” the FAQ section tackles penal law, the notion that democracy and Islam are incompatible and it describes the type of society the group claims most Muslims would like to live in. Additionally, the ICNA says that Islamic adherents here in America value the First Amendment and simply wish to practice their faith under it.