Today, for Thankful Thursday, I am thankful that I do not live under sharia law. If you are not familiar with what sharia law is here’s an explanation:
Sharia (شريعة Šarīʿa; [ʃaˈriːʕa], “way” or “path”) is the sacred law of Islam. Muslims believe Sharia is derived from two primary sources, the divine revelations set forth in the Qur’an, and the sayings and example set by the Islamic Prophet Muhammad in the Sunnah. Fiqh, or “jurisprudence,” interprets and extends the application of Sharia to questions not directly addressed in the primary sources, by including secondary sources. These secondary sources usually include the consensus of the religious scholarsijma, and analogy from the Qur’an and Sunnah through qiyas. Shia jurists replace qiyas analogy with ‘aql, or “reason”. Source
I subscribe to the monthly Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. This is an excellent website to peruse if you want to witness the suffering of Christians from fundamentalist Muslims. Each year they also send out a prayer map so individuals can pray for the nations where Christianity is restricted. Many of the restricted nations are nations under Shariah law (whether it be officially or not.) The things that are permitted under Sharia law are down right terrifying. And these are not just rules “extreme” Muslims came up with. Their prophet Muhammad believed these as well. The violent and extreme laws come directly from the founder of Islam in his Quran and his example in the hadith. Under Shariah law you can be beaten for almost anything: drinking, being a “bad” wife, fornication, and so on. Homosexuals and adulterers are to be stoned.
I’m so SO thankful for Christianity. Jesus says, turn the other cheek, love your neighbor … those among you with no sin cast the first stone. The oppression of Sharia law is unimaginable, especially for Americans … because all things considered we still have it pretty good over here. Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
It saddens me that American Christians boast the peacefulness of Shariah law and Islam while numerous amounts of Christians suffer horrifying persecution at the hands of Islam/Shariah Law. It’s easy to make those statements in America. Most Muslims in America might seem peaceful, but I would challenge they are not following their religious beliefs to the fullest. Just as we have luke-warm Evangelicals, in my opinion we have luke-warm Muslims here also. I would encourage Christians to educate themselves on what Muhammad actually taught and what Islam is really about. Anyone can cherry pick verses to make it look peaceful. If you study it though you will find otherwise. There is no balance in the Qur’ran between the peaceful and violent verses … the violent verse win hands down. And, it’s important to note that the “peaceful verses” have been canceled anyway.Most of the peaceful verses came during the first part of Muhammad’s “career” while the violent ones came later. Why does this matter? There’s a Islamic doctrine known as: Naskh.
In its historical application, naskh typically involves the replacement (tabdīl) of an earlier verse/tradition (and thus its embodied “Hukm” ruling) with a chronologically successive one. The complete suppression (izāla) of a regulation so that not even its wording remains is recognized as well, though only in the case of the Qur’ān. Source
This is but a glimpse into Islam/Shariah law. Books could easily be filled on the subject and already have been.
So, I am thankful to not be under Islamic rule. I am so thankful for freedom in Christ Jesus. I am also thankful for the Christians that are spreading the Gospel to the nations and stand fearless in the Lord to the persecution from Islam (among other religions/governments). May we remember them in our prayers and never trivialize what they are going through.