At least he tells the truth:
Saudi Arabia’s Justice Minister has defended tough Sharia punishments such as beheading, cutting off hands and lashing, claiming they “cannot be changed” because they are enshrined in Islamic law.
“These punishments are based on divine religious texts and we cannot change them,” Mohammed Al Eissa reportedly said during a recent speech in Washington.
“Islam is a religion of wisdom that calls for dialogue with other religious faiths and peaceful coexistence with other communities.Â “If it was not a good religion, it would not have lasted for more than 1400 years and won millions of followers around the world.”
This is odd. After all, the renowned scholar of ShariaÂ Reza AslanÂ has said: “There’s really no such thing as just Sharia, it’s not one monolithic Continuum – Sharia is understood in thousands of different ways over the 1,500 years in which multiple and competing schools of law have tried to construct some kind of civic penal and family law code that would abide by Islamic values and principles, it’s understood in many different ways…”
1,500 years! That would take us back to the year 514 â€” so apparently Aslan thinks that Sharia predates Islam, which according to the canonical view came into being nearly 100 years after that, in 610, when Muhammad supposedly received his first revelation from the angel Gabriel.
Anyway, I am confident that Aslan is jetting to Riyadh right now in order to explain to Mohammed Al Eissa that he is misunderstanding Sharia, and that it is actually amorphous beyond categorization, and need not involve stonings, amputations and beheadings at all.
“Saudi minister says beheading, lashings ‘cannot be changed,’” by Courtney Trenwith,Â Arabian Business, June 11, 2014 (thanks to JW):