Human Rights Abuses Today, Shariah Style

“Sharia allows beating women, polygamy and paedophilia. Additionally, it promotes killing apostates, gays and adulterers.”

Guest Column Cynthia Yacowar-Sweeney

The harder the OIC pushes for a worldwide caliphate governed by Shariah, the more Westerners will see Shariah creep into all facets of their free societies.

Last week I wrote about Shariah-style education in Egypt and explained that beating children is religiously mandated in Islam. However, child beating is only one of many horrific human rights abuses religiously sanctioned under Islam, which consists of a primitive and brutal system of laws dating back to the 7th century that are still used to this day. There is no place in the 21st century for Shariah, which is derived from the Koran and the Sunna (the ways or practices of Prophet Mohammed). However, Shariah is on the rise and is being propagated all across the world to supplant Western freedoms with an undemocratic Islamic theocracy.

For a Muslim to deny what the Prophet Mohammed said in a Hadith about hitting children for prayer neglect, or in other Hadiths or Koranic verses, is to deny the Prophet. He cannot be denied because Islamic law derives solely from his life and teachings as ordained by Allah, whose words can never be changed. This is why child beating and other forms of abuse mandated in the Koran or Hadiths will always remain part of Shariah and can never be changed for the strict followers of Islam.

Islamic edicts or Fatwas, such as the one that addresses child beating, are specific, non-binding (in Sunni Islam) directives based on Shariah that should be obeyed by the Mufti’s followers who are typically conditioned to blind obedience under a religion whose very name (Islam) means to submit. However, the meaning of those directives typically expand and enforce a more severe form of observance that sometimes results in death.There are countless cases of Islamic teachers severely beating theirstudents in countries under Shariah and in the West as well.

However, one might rightfully charge that child beating also takes place in schools in Western countries, including the United States, where 19 of its states still use corporal punishment. Here’s the difference: while the West is not perfect, it recognizes the problem with corporal punishment and is attempting to rectify it (its use has declined in recent decades), bearing in mind that the level of brutality never reaches that practised under Shariah; whereas Islam is mired down in medieval concepts, applauds them and enforces them as Allah’s word despite being inimical to contemporary society.

Western democracies taken as a whole are not subservient to religious laws. Christian fundamentalists who use the Bible to justify their belief in brutality are not mainstream and are to be condemned for their interpretation of religious law and for breaking secular law. People are not perfect and every group has its aberrations. As Western civilization and society mature, the level of humanity increases with it. However, a stricter implementation of Shariah is becoming more mainstream in Islam, especially with the recent Islamist ascent to power throughout Africa and parts of Asia. Shariah is on the rise and is no longer dwindling in background mode.

Under Shariah, the defacto situation is that people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, are being dehumanized on a daily basis all over the world by callous, barbaric and religiously approved Islamic tenets that sanction child molestation; child brutality; female degradation; female genital mutilation; hanging homosexuals; honour killings; stoning rape victims or alleged adulterers; flogging or killing apostates (those who leave Islam for another religion or for a secular lifestyle), blasphemers (those who insult the Prophet or Allah) and consumers of alcohol; persecution or execution of dhimmis (subjugated second-class non-Muslims citizen living under Islamic rule); slavery; and so much more.

Not only are beheadings, amputations of opposite limbs, and burning alive still forms of punishment practised in Islamic countries, but crucifixion is also used in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iran and recently in southern Yemen, as mandated by the Koran (5:33) – the ONLY time an image of the cross can be displayed in these countries – whereby the victim is nailed with steel spikes to cross-shaped planks by the hands and feet, and often suffers for three days dying a slow and painful death. If the victim is lucky, he’ll be beheaded before being crucified, with his head stuck on a pole next to his crucified torso.

Today’s more civilized societies live under secular law and are constantly evolving. Religious laws require discussion, interpretation, analysis and subsequent application. They are subordinate to secular law. This can never happen with a strict adherence to Islam, which is all about obedience, observance and submission. As Seyyid Qutb, the founding father of modern Jihad, wrote in his Milestones: “We must return to it”, referring to Islam at the time of the Prophet (when it was at its purest, free fromJahiliyyah or ignorance of Allah’s guidance) “with a sense of instruction for obedience and action, and not for academic discussion and enjoyment.”Discussion or criticism is not allowed in Islam, only blind obedience to Shariah. Choosing otherwise means death.

Man-made laws that include the West’s basic human rights and freedoms as outlined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights can never transcend the laws of Shariah ordained by Allah for all mankind. Shariah Law has been established as the supreme law of the land for all countries in the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, issued in 1990 by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) ─ the 57-member state organization representing 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. The OIC’s goal is to internationally criminalize any criticism of Islam by restricting freedom of speech (as per Resolution 16/18). Without the freedom to speak and express opinions, a society will lose the remainder of its other freedoms and eventually collapse, giving Shariah free reign to assert its primacy over Western law.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights stresses that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, while its antithesis, the Cairo Declaration, stresses that Allah has made only “the Islamic ummah the best people” and states in Article 24 that “All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shariah.”  In other words, Human Rights in the latter document mean Shariah Law. Following man-made laws is considered apostasy from Islam, punishable by death, as prescribed by the Prophet (Bukhari (4:52:260), in some Islamic countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. Blasphemy is also punishable by death in those very same countries (Koran 33:57-61).

I repeat, the harder the OIC pushes for a worldwide caliphate governed by Shariah, the more Westerners will see Shariah creep into all facets of their free societies. Where there is Shariah, there are horrific human rights abuses. To protect children and others against Shariah oppression in the West, citizens of the free world must push for legislation to delegitimize and ban implementation of Shariah in the state, province or region in which they live ─ before the Jihad against infidels is taken to the next stage of convert, surrender or die.