My Shariamour

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We cannot help but be saddened to see that there are religions that still categorise any members of their lay faithful as “untouchable,” literally or figuratively. This is a chance to look further at Islamic texts, on which this behavour is based:

  • Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other (Quran 4:34);
  • Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, “Isn’t the witness of a women equal to half that of a man?” The women said “yes.” He said “This is because of the deficiency of the women’s mind” (Bukhari 3:48:826);
  • Narrated ‘Aisha: The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, “Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman [if they pass in front of the praying people]” (Bukhari 1:9:490);
  • “A menstruating woman is not allowed to recite the Qur’an” (Abu Dawud, vol. 1 footnote 113);
  • “They question thee [O Muhammad] concerning menstruation. Say: It is an illness, so let women alone at such times and go not in unto them till they are cleansed. And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you. Truly Allah loveth those who turn unto Him, and loveth those who have a care for cleanness” (Quran 2:222);
  • “Allah said, ‘It is My obligation to make Eve bleed once every month as she made this tree bleed. I must also make Eve stupid, although I created her intelligent.’ Because Allah afflicted Eve, all of the women of this world menstruate and are stupid (Al-Tabari 1:280);
  • Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: I heard the Prophet saying. “Evil omen is in three things: The horse, the woman and the house” (Bukhari 4:52:110);
  • Narrated Usama bin Zaid: The Prophet said, “After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women” (Bukhari 7:62:33).

There is so much more, but I think you get the picture. Thus, regardless of the fact that Islamic laws concerning ritual impurity are derived from the Jewish laws that preceded them, as Christians we patently reject the notion that

  1. women’s prayers are any less efficacious than those of men, or
  2. external elements can nullify anyone’s prayer.

3 thoughts on “My Shariamour”

  1. In spite of the growing list of examples where sharia law is being countenanced or applied, both legally and governmentally, organizations like the two below continue to cling to the absurd claim that sharia isn’t a problem or threat to America.

    Typically, the absurd “see no sharia” claim is accompanied by name-calling, as in the notice below where it says “anti-Muslim forces.” These people and organizations are not only unwilling to acknowledge the threat, they are unwilling to grant that someone can be opposed to radical Islam, sharia and jihad, and not be “anti-Muslim.”

    Note how the groups below try to make this about freedom of religion. It isn’t. It’s about the supremacy of constitutional law. Sharia law demands supremacy over man-made law. What’s more, central to sharia law is the doctrine of jihad.

    There’s an old expression, “I’ve made up my mind, don’t confuse me with the facts.” There are those who are so wedded to their beliefs that no amount of evidence will budge them.

    But for open-minded Americans, what we and others are saying is making sense. The word is getting out, and more and more people are paying attention. This is why groups like those below are striking back, because the debate about issues like sharia and jihad is shifting our way.

    Examining the Anti-Shariah Movement in America

    July 26, 2011, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Please join the Center for American Progress and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding for a special presentation:

    “What Shariah Is – and Isn’t: Examining the Anti-Shariah movement in America”

    Center for American Progress

    In recent months, anti-Muslim forces have raised the specter of Shariah usurping the Constitution and destroying the American way of life. Bills have been introduced in more than two dozen states that would “ban” the practice of Shariah law—despite the fact that Shariah is not a collection of laws but a set of diversely interpreted guidelines for religious practice. In addition, no Muslim American leaders are calling for Shariah to override American laws. Banning religious freedom for Muslims is unconstitutional and would have serious consequences for international treaties and for religious expression in other faiths. Join us for an enlightening discussion with a panel of experts who will explain the basics of Shariah, compare its precepts with those of Christianity and Judaism, dissect how it is being used as a wedge issue in political campaigns, and examine the real impact on Muslim American communities.

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