The Problem with Sharia

One of the key objectives for Muslim groups in non-Muslim societies is to campaign for the recognition of shari’a law. In one sense they have to do this because the Qur’an makes it clear that the laws of Allah should be paramount: “If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) Unbelievers” (Qur’an 5:44-45)

The problem is that Shari’a is fundamentally incompatible with Western freedoms because it:

•Criminalizes actions that are not crimes under other jurisdictions (e.g. apostasy, blasphemy, homosexuality)

•Commands actions that are crimes under other jurisdictions (e.g. wife beating, underage sex, slavery)

•Is fundamentally unfair in its treatment of witnesses (through the fact that the testimony of men are worth double that of women)

•Imposes cruel and inhuman punishments (e.g. amputation, beheading, stoning).


For many more questions about Islam’s truth-claims see  Peter Townsend’s ‘Questioning Islam – Tough Questions and Honest Answers About the Muslim Religion’