Sharia Law: Islam’s Warden
03 April, 2008
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, April 02, 2008
- Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Abul Kasem, an ex-Muslim who is the author of hundreds of articles and several books on Islam including, Women in Islam. He was a contributor to the book Leaving Islam – Apostates Speak Out as well as to Beyond Jihad: Critical Views From Inside Islam.
FP: Abul Kasem, welcome back to Frontpage Interview.
Kasem: Thank you Jamie. It is my pleasure to be interviewed by Frontpage.
FP: I would like to discuss Islamic law with you today and how it dictates almost every single aspect of human life.
I think the best way to begin is with how Sharia is the
life-force of Islam.
Kasem: To be sure, we must understand why Sharia is the
life-force of Islam, and why Islam must impose (by force, if needed)
Sharia to the entire world. Once we grasp this tenet, then we can
understand how and why myriad specific Sharia laws affect lives.
The basic tenets of Sharia emanate with the assumption that Allah
has chosen the believers (i.e., the Muslims) to rule the world. It
might sound fascistic, but make no mistake: the Qur’an is absolutely
determined to hand over the rule of the world to the followers of
Islam: more specifically, to the Bedouin Arabs. Because Islam =
Arabism. In the Qur’an (3:104, 3:110) Allah says that Arabs are the
best of people ever created.
In verse 2:143 Allah says He changed Qiblah to distinguish
between Muslims and non-Muslims. Maulana Maududi, the ideological
guru of the current Islamists explains this verse in this manner:
This constitutes the proclamation appointing the religious community
(ummah) consisting of the followers of Muhammad to religious
guidance and leadership of the world. In the second place there is
an allusion to the change in the direction of Prayer from Jerusalem
to the Ka'bah. People of limited intelligence could see no
significance in this change of direction although the substitution
of Jerusalem by the Ka'bah amounted to the removal of the Children
of Israel from their position of world leadership and their
replacement by the ummah of Muhammad (peace be on him).
Maududi, in connection with verse 2:145, even writes: To deviate
from that knowledge to please others is tantamount to offending the
prophetic mission and is inconsistent with the gratitude that the
Prophet ought to feel for having been favoured with the position of
In the above sentences Maududi clearly states that the Muslims
are the chosen people of Allah to rule the world. This ruling must
be done with Allah’s laws, which is Sharia.
In verse 2:150 Allah says that by instructing them to turn their
faces to the sacred mosque (Kaba) He has bestowed a great favor to
the Muslims. Maududi explains this favor in this manner: The 'favour'
here refers to the position of world leadership and guidance from
which God removed the children of Israel and which was then
conferred upon this ummah.
The highest reward that can be granted to a people in recognition
of its righteousness is its designation, by God's command, to the
leadership of the world in order to guide the entire human race to
godliness and righteousness. What is said here, therefore, is that
the command to change the qiblah was a sign of installation of the
Muslims to leadership. Hence, the Muslims should follow the
directives of God if for no other reason than that ingratitude and
disobedience might deprive them of the honour that had been bestowed
FP: So this is why Sharia is the backbone of Islam, right?
Kasem: Yes, it is the heart and soul of Islam. Without Sharia
Islam is a toothless tiger or a poisonless snake. Sharia empowers
Islam with the legal power to enforce its draconian, barbaric,
uncivilized, and cruel provisions. Sharia gives Islam the arms and
legs to force the world to submit to Islam.
In many verses of the Koran Allah steadfastly announces that
whoever deviates from Sharia is a kafir and he/they must be fought
upon (i.e., killed) by the Muslims.
According to ibn Kathir, in verse 2:151, Allah declares that He
had sent Muhammad (as a favor) to preach the Qur’an and to teach
Sharia laws which the pagans of Mecca did not know.
According to verse 4:64 Allah had sent Muhammad to invite people
to obey Allah’s orders, that is, Sharia laws.
To provide more fire power, ibn Kathir say that in verse 5:44,
Allah declares that whoever does not want to abide by Allah’s law,
Sharia, is a kafir. This includes the Christians ( 5:47 ). Mind you,
in Islam, a kafir must be fought upon (killed) or forced to submit
to Sharia laws.
In verse 9:73 Allah urges the believers (i.e., the Muslims) to
make war on unbelievers and hypocrites and show firmness (be harsh)
against them. The eminent exegete of the Qur’an, ibn Kathir writes
that Allah has commanded the Muslims to fight with sword the
disbelievers, to strive against the hypocrites with tongue and has
annulled lenient treatment of them. According to ibn Kathir perform
with sword jihad against the disbelievers and be harsh with the
hypocrites with words; this means establishing Islamic penal laws,
i.e. Sharia laws against them. Ibn Kathir further says that verse
9:73 cancels verse 2:256, the so-called verse on ‘no compulsion’ on
Here are few more Qur’anic verses which unambiguously declare the
supremacy of Sharia.
Allah will decide by His law (judgment, Sharia) between various
sects (between the Jews and the Christians—ibn Abbas)…27:78
Allah is the Law-giver; He has appointed Muhammad to implement
the only correct laws (Sharia laws)…45:18
Allah created the heavens and the earth to implement justice to
all (Sharia law)…45:22
Muhammad is to strike hard against the unbelievers (fight them
with weapons and armaments—ibn Kathir. Fight them with swords—Jalalyn),
hypocrites (punish them according to Sharia laws—ibn Kathir) and to
be firm (harsh) against them; the abode for the unbelievers and the
hypocrites is hell...66:9
The absolute supremacy of Sharia is upheld in the Cairo
Declaration of Human Rights in Islam (1990). Article 22 of this
declaration concludes that all rights and freedoms mentioned are
subject to the Islamic Sharia, which is the declaration's sole
Strangely, Sharia gets furher boost when the Archbishop of
Canterbury Dr Rowan Willams submits to dhimmitude by espousing that
certain provisions of Sharia are inevitable in the United Kingdom.
Amazingly, even President Bush submits to Sharia when he
initiates dialogue with OIC (Organisation of Islamic Conference) and
to follow up, sends his special envoy Mr. Sada Cumber (March 5,
2008) to meet the OIC Secretary General Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.
Thus, due the apathy of the civilized world, it is apparent that
Sharia is slowly but steadily building up momentum to engulf the
entire world. The only way to halt this incursion of Sharia is a
firm rejection of it by the entire world population, irrespective of
what their politically correct governments are doing to please Islam
and the Arabs. We must not forget that Islam equals Arabism.
FP: What, in your view, is the element of Sharia that nurtures
Kasem: The most unfair element of Sharia is that it repudiates
the fundamental principle of justice, that is: equality in the eye
of law. In Sharia, Muslims and non-Muslims are not equal. This
inequality extends even to the treatment of Muslim women. Muslim
women are not treated as equal to Muslim men in the tenets of
Sharia. Here is a glaring example: According to Saudi law (strictly
based on Islamic Sharia) the life of a Muslim male is much higher
than a non-Muslim man, and the life of female Muslim is much lower
than that of Muslim man.
WALL STREET JOURNAL: - The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2002).
In Saudi Arabia, the concept of blood money as per Islamic Shariat
(If a person has been killed or caused to die by another, the latter
has to pay blood money or compensation), as follows:
100,000 riyals if the victim is a Muslim man
50,000 riyals if a Muslim woman
50,000 riyals if a Christian man
25,000 riyals if a Christian woman
6,666 riyals if a Hindu man
3,333 riyals if a Hindu woman
That is, a Muslim man's life is worth 33 times that of a Hindu
The inequality of Muslims and non-Muslims is enshrined in the
Qur’an and hadis. Here are a few examples:
A Muslim must not be killed for killing an infidel (Hadis and ibn
Kathir’s interpretation of verse 5:45 ).
Believers and non-believers are not equal…6:50, 28:61, 32:19,
35:19-22, 38:28, 39:9, 40:58, 45:21, 59:20, 67:22, 68:35
That is why Sharia is a great insult to a civilized world.
FP: Ok, so let’s move on. Tell us how Islamic law dictates every
single aspect of human life.
Kasem: I can give a sample of Sharia laws as enunciated in
several authentic Islamic sources. Mind you these laws are not from
the dead pages of history. Many of these laws are vigorously
enforced in Islamic countries.
The Sharia laws I will discuss are extracted from:
Reliance of the Traveller (Umdat al-Saliq) translated by Nuh Ha
Mim Keller. These laws are indicated with alphanumeric.
Sharia the Islamic Law by Abdur Rahman I. Doi.
The Hedaya (commentary on the Islamic Laws) translated by Charles
So where would you like to begin?
FP: How about with marriage and sex?
Kasem: Fair enough:
The husband’s permission is required for a wife to work (Doi,
Beating a wife is allowed (Doi, p.130).
The wife must worship the husband. Unbridled freedom of modern
women is not good (Doi, p.132).
Muslim women can’t marry unbelievers under any circumstances (Doi,
The guardian of a woman must be a male. A woman cannot be married
by herself. A widow can marry by herself (Doi, p.141).
Hanafi, Shafii and Maliki rate the marriage of a minor boy or a
girl as lawful (Doi, p.142).
A Muslim man is allowed to have four wives at one time (Hedaya,
p.31; Doi, p.147).
A law against polygamy is against the Qur’an. Not a single Hadith
is against polygamy; modernists reject Qur’an and Sunnah. Satisfy
more wives (Doi, p.152).
Prohibition on polygamy is a violation of Sharia provision. Court
does not understand biological need. Follow Muhammad (59:7) (Doi,
A drop of semen is the greatest sin (Doi, p.236).
Adoption is not allowed in Sharia (Doi, p.463).
Circumcision is obligatory for both men and women (foreskin for
men, prepuce of clitoris for women) (e4.3, p.59).
Wudu (ablution)—use not less than 0.51 litre of water (e5.24(1),
Ghusl (bath)—use not less than 2.03 litres of water (e5.24(2),
Make repeated love, do repeated ablution (e5.29, p.67).
Human private parts are impure; do not touch them with your hands
Stoning to death for adultery (married person, man or woman)
Fornication: scourge 100 stripes and banish 81 km for 1 year (for
unmarried persons) (o12.2, p.610).
Men scourged standing, women sitting (o12.5, p.611).
Stone the adulterer/adulteress even in severe cold or illness
Sodomy and lesbianism considered as adultery; same punishment;
kill both for sodomy (p17.2, p.665).
To get united with the previous husband a divorced wife must
marry another person, have complete sex with him and get divorced by
him voluntarily (Hedaya, p.15, n7.7, p.565; p29.1, p.673).
When making love, no talking (r32.7, p.767).
Unlawful for a man to look at a woman who is not his wife or one
of his unmarriageable kin (m2.3, p.512).
Husband and wife cannot look at each others genitals’ (m2.4
Unlawful for a woman to show any parts of her body to an
adolescent boy or a non-Muslim woman (m2.7, p.513).
Whatever is unlawful to look is also unlawful to touch (m2.9,
A woman must not conduct her own marriage; she requires a male
guardian (m3.4, p.518).
A non-Muslim man cannot be the guardian of a Muslim woman; a
Muslim man cannot be the guardian of a non-Muslim woman (m3.4,
A male guardian of a virgin woman may force her to marry a man of
his choice (m3.13, p.522).
Arab women cannot marry non-Arab men (because Allah has chosen
the Arabs above others) (m4.2(1), p.523).
A man of lowly profession cannot marry the daughter of higher profession (m4.2(3), p.524).
When the husband settles the dower (bride money) or defers it, a
wife must immediately submit her private parts to her husband’s
demand for sex, unless she has legitimate ground of not doing so; if
she requests to wait the maximum waiting time is three days (m5.1,
A husband has the full right to enjoy his wife’s person, from the
top of her head to the bottom of her feet (m5.4, p.526).
It is unlawful for a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man
Husbands are not obliged to provide doctor’s fees, medicines and
cosmetics to wives; they must provide only food, cloths and housing;
rebellious wife doesn’t get anything (Hedaya, p.140; m11.4, p.544).
A Muslim man is allowed to beat his wife or wives (the Qur’an,
4:34 ; m10.12, p.541; o17.4, p.619).
If wife refuses sex, the husband is not obliged to support her
until she surrenders her person to the husband (m11.9, p.545).
A divorced wife gets maintenance only for maximum three months
(Hedaya, p.145, Shafii law, no support during her waiting period if
pregnant, then support is on daily basis until she gives birth
(m11.10 (3), p.546).
A son is obliged to finance his poor father’s marriage (m12.5,
Husband divorces wife instantly even under torture, compulsion,
alcohol, narcotics and jokes; then he can marry a new set of four
wives and continue the cycle (Hedaya, p.81, 253; n3.5, p.560).
The only way for a wife to get divorce is to convince the sharia
court and also to pay money to her husband (Hedaya, p.112; n5.0,
FP: How about using the bathroom?
Kasem: Visiting lavatory—cover head, cover feet, carry stones
(odd number, minimum three), and say prayer (e9.1, p.76).
Entering toilet—left foot first; exiting toilet right foot first,
offer prayer (e9.1, p.76).
After urinating men squeeze the penis with the left hand from
base to head (of penis); women squeeze the front (vulva) between
thumb and forefinger; in both cases three times (e9.1(11), p.76).
Do not defecate with front facing the sun, the moon or the sacred
in Jerusalem , Kaba (e9.0(16), p.77).
When no water available do wudu, ghusl using dirt (e12.0, p.84).
FP: Praying, eating and drinking?
Kasem: Beat a child (10+) for not praying and fasting (f1.2,
Not praying is unbelief; penalty is execution (f1.3, p.109).
Pray wearing ankle length shirt and a turban (f5.7, p.122).
Use a tooth stick before every prayer/reciting the Qur’an (e3.2,
Drinking alcoholic drink—strike 40 stripes…o16.2
Muslims cannot eat meat slaughtered by Zoroastrians, apostates,
idol worshippers, and the Christians of the desert Arab tribe
FP: Apostasy and jihad?
Kasem: Making sarcasm is leaving Islam (o8.0, p.595).
Kill the apostates of Islam (o8.1, o8.2, p.596).
No indemnity required for killing an apostate (o8.4, p.596).
No expiation is required for killing an apostate of Islam (o5.4,
Jihad means to war against the non-Muslims (lesser jihad, based
on 2:216, 4:89, 9:36 ) (o9.0; p.599).
Jihad is warfare to establish the religion of Islam (greater
Basis for Jihad:
(1) fighting is prescribed (2:216).
(2) slay them wherever you find them (4:89).
(3) fight the idolatry utterly ( 9:36 ).
Hadith: I have been commanded to fight—Bukhari.
To go forth in the morning—Muslim
Jihad is a communal obligation (o9.1; p.600).
Jihad is obligatory for every Muslim who is able to perform it,
male or female (o9.3, p.601).
Caliph makes war upon the Jews, the Christians, the
Zoroastrians…..by first inviting them to enter Islam, if no success
then pay jizya, if no jizya then kill them (o9.8, p.602).
Women and children captured in a jihad operation become the
slaves of Muslims; the women’s previous marriage is immediately
annulled (o9.13; p.604).
Arab idolater must become Muslims or die (o9.9, p.603).
In a jihad operation Muslims can kill old men (40+) and monks
Male captives’ fate is decided by the Caliph; this includes
gratuitous killing of male captives (o9.14, p.604).
Truces are permitted but not obligatory. When uppermost—no truce
until some interest is served---‘so do not be fainthearted and call
for peace when it is you who are the uppermost’ (the Qur’an 47:35).
If weak then make truce for 10 years.
If possibility of making Muslim--then establish 4 months truce.
Spoils are for free male Muslims (o10.0, p.606).
Dhimmis are: 1. the Jews 2. the Christians 3. Zoroastrians 4.
Samarians and Sabians 5. Adherents of religion of Abraham (o11.1,
Not included in Dhimmi: idol worshippers, no sacred book, Sikhs,
Bahai, Mormons, Qadianis. Books revealed after Islam are not
acceptable (o11.2, p.607).
The Dhimmis’ public behaviour and dress must be Islamic (o11.3,
Minimum jizya is one dinar (4.235g of gold) per year; maximum
jizya—no limit; no woman, children or insane is to pay jizya (o11.4,
Dhimmis must comply with Islamic rules except drunkenness, can’t
greet them with as-salamu alaikum, must keep to the side of the
street, no high building, no wine display, no church bell, no new
churches, not stay in Hijaz for more than 3 days (o11.6, p.608).
FP: How about some miscellaneous rules that we may have skipped?
Kasem: Women’s testimony in Business transactions is half of
men’s (the Qur’an 2:282, Hedaya, p.637; o24.7, p.637).
Women’s testimony is not accepted in Hudood cases (Hedaya, p.353;
Evidence of a female singer and slave (male or female) is not
admissible (Hedaya, p.361).
Music, song dance haram (r40.0, p.774).
Slavery—allowed (w13.0, p.871).
Masturbation, unlawful (Qur’an 23:5-7) (w37.0, p.932).
Smoking unlawful (w41.1, p.940).
Insurance unlawful (w42.0, p.942).
Interest haram (w43.0, p.943).
Photography—sometimes OK, sometimes not Ok (w50.0, p.958).
TV, offensive, unlawful (w50.10, p.964).
Citizenship in an Islamic country, severely restricted (o11.0,
It is offensive to send Muslim children to day care centers run
by non-Muslims (m13.3, p.552).
Muslim women’s Blood-Money is half of Muslim men’s; Jews and
Christians one-third; Zoroastrians one-fifteenth (only sons, not
daughters can claim Blood-Money) (o4.9, p.590).
Toothpaste is offensive; use a twig (from Arak tree, miswak) or
tooth stick instead (e3.0, e3.1, p.53).
Clip moustache, shaving beard is unlawful/offensive (e4.1(2),
Visiting sick non-believers is merely permissible (g1.2, p.222).
FP: So what do all these rules -- and there are myriad more --
say about Sharia?
Kasem: These rules demonstrate that Sharia is barbaric, hateful,
imperialistic, and unjust. Civilization cannot progress with such
archaic and unfair laws.
FP: Abul Kasem, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
Kasem: Thank you, Jamie. It was a pleasure to expose the nature of Islamic Sharia.
Abul Kasem is an Bengali ex-Muslim and academic. He has contributed in Leaving Islam - Apostates Speak Out and Beyond Jihad - Critical Voices from Inside. He has also written extensively on Islam in various websites and is the author of five e-Books: A Complete Guide to Allah, Root of Terrorism ala Islamic Style, Sex and Sexuality in Islam, Who Authored the Quran? and Women in Islam. Mr. Kasem leaves in Sydney, Australia. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.