By Dr. Nessia Shemer
March 25, 2014
This week we learned that Britain will ratify Shariah inheritance laws in its legal institutions, so that lawyers will be able to compose wills based on Islamic law. With this measure, inheritance rights for women, non-Muslims and adopted children will be nullified.
This measure is part of a far-reaching Islamist vision for the West. According to traditional Islamic beliefs, the world is divided into two parts: "Dar al-Islam" ("House of Islam"), territories that are controlled by Muslims; and "Dar al-Harb" ("House of War"), territories that are controlled by the infidels, albeit not for long, at least according to the ideal of making the entire world Muslim. While in the distant past Islam ruled over large parts of the globe, by the late 19th and early 20th centuries it was fading against the rising West. The Muslims were simply unable to catch the speeding train of Western progress, and in light of their inferiority it became clear that the vision of Muslim global dominance was also growing dim.
Over the past two decades, a new ideology has developed in modern Islam, intended to confront the challenge of one in every five Muslims living in the West, where, instead of Islam ruling over the infidels, the opposite is the case. This problematic situation has led to the establishment of a new terminology. Gone are "Dar al-Islam" and "Dar al-Harb," replaced by "Aalamit al-Islam," or "Globalized Islam." According to this new term, Islamic law has no issue with a Muslim living in a country under Western infidel rule. Instead, this is encouraged as a duty and even a blessing. In today's world, it is no longer fashionable to conquer by violence, as stipulated in the famous saying "Muhammad's judgment is by the sword," but through media, Internet, public opinion, and legal and economic systems.
The current Muslim ambition is to impose Islamic values on the West by means of "Dawah" ("Invitation," or the proselytizing or preaching of Islam). Therefore, every Muslim living in the West is in essence an ambassador of Islam and his duty is to represent, through his behavior, Islam's moral values, and to serve as a role model to the infidels. After all, they are like "captured infants," unable to differentiate between their own left and right, and it is a "mitzvah" to open their eyes and reveal to them the correct path, the only religion of truth.
To help Muslims living in the West fit in, but not assimilate, a tiny appendix was added to traditional Shariah law, a new religious legal doctrine called "Peka al-Akliyat," the doctrine of being in the minority. This specifies certain special leniencies applicable only to Muslims living in the West, with the understanding that "if you have seized a lot, you have not seized" and that if Shariah law imposes itself too heavily on Muslims in materialistic Western societies they are liable to fully assimilate and adopt Western norms, which would spell disaster for the vision of Muslim dominance.
For instance, charging and paying interest, something forbidden by Shariah law, is permitted to Muslims in the West, in the understanding that it is unreasonable to ask a Muslim family to rent a home forever. A similar facilitation was provided to a Christian couple in which the wife sought to convert to Islam: According to regular Shariah law, such a step calls for automatic divorce, because a Muslim woman cannot be married to a non-Muslim. The new Western Shariah appendix, however, allows the Muslim woman to continue being married to her Christian husband, because the goal is to move closer, not further apart, to ease, not to burden. And what about the husband? Not to worry, he will eventually see the light. The same consents were applied to the practice of adopting a child, forbidden in Islam, and to food laws, burial laws, and more.
The philosophers behind this new doctrine are two esteemed sheikhs: Dr. Taha Jabir Al-Alwani, the president of Cordoba University in Virginia, and the well-known Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Residents of London surely recall their former Mayor Ken Livingstone's warm reception for Qaradawi, alongside the protest rallies held against him for hosting the man known as the "terror sheikh."
Meanwhile, as Islam moves ahead according to an organized ideology and its "plan of phases" methodology, Britain still refuses to understand that alcohol bans, violent protests, the murder of soldiers in the streets and discriminatory laws are but a small taste of what the future holds in store if it continues down its current path.
Dr. Nessia Shemer is a lecturer in the Middle Eastern History Department at Bar-Ilan University.