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AN EPILOGUE TO THE RECENT ANTI-SHARIA LAW RALLIES ACROSS AMERICAN CITIES: The Dichotomy between Sharia Law of Islam (Islamic Law) and the Sharia of Islam

By Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

19 June 2017

(Co-author (Jointly with Ashfaque Ullah Syed), Essential Message of Islam, Amana Publications, USA, 2009)

This short paper is provoked by the recent anti-Sharia Law rallies across America. It aim is to clarify the black and white distinction between ‘the Sharia Law of Islam’ that many Americans/ non-Muslims are genuinely afraid of and the ‘Sharia of Islam,’ that unfortunately many Muslims conflate with the ‘Sharia Law of Islam.’

‘Sharia Law of Islam’ represents selective opinions of the Muslim jurists, mostly from the early centuries of Islam; it carries no divinity, it is not any part or article of Islamic faith; it is not binding on Muslims for all times and, its rulings are divergent and can range from the noblest to the vilest depending upon what a jurists or Muslim terror ideologue seeks to establish. Had it been anywhere near as exclusivist or brutal as the terror outfits of this era [ISIS, Boko Haram, and Takfiri groups] claim, the Christians, Jews and all non-Muslims would have long perished in the lands that the Muslims ruled for almost half a millennium, while Muslims, Christians and Jews would not have lived in peace and harmony in the Muslim Spain for almost 700 years. The present day radical proponents of Sharia Law are simply terrorizing the West by feeding to their fear of Islam - thanks to the grandiose Islamophobic industry.

‘Sharia of Islam’ on the other hand is represented by the Qur'an. For the Muslims, it is divine, unalterable, and eternally binding source of guidance. It encompasses a broad spectrum of positive commandments - justice, liberty, equity, good deeds, charity, generosity, kindness to all humanity for example as well as a whole string of noble virtues – mercy, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, moderation, and prohibitions against all that is evil and reprehensible. Its tenets are largely compatible with universal secular/ Christian values. It also alludes to, among other things, some existential aspects of its era of introduction (seventh century Arabia) which do not form any explicit part of its message as it expressly asks humanity to focus on its clear and unambiguous commandments (3:7) and to seek its best meaning (39:18, 39:55).

As these two notions are engraved in the Muslims’ collective memory as complementary or synergetic, verging on the synonymous, it may be useful to illustrate this difference with the following familiar illustration:

In the case of ‘Sharia Law of Islam,’ the tag ‘Islam’ is symbolic as the pre-fix ‘Arabic’ in the popular dish ‘Arabichaleem.’ The recipe of Arabic Haleem can change from shop to shop, time to time, and people can throw it out into the waste bin if it becomes stale.

The tag ‘Islam’ in the ‘Sharia of Islam’ represents ‘Islam’ as represented by the Qur’an (5:48). Its text does not change with place and time. It cannot get outdated and no one can trash it.

So, there is black and white difference between ‘Sharia Law of Islam’ and ‘Sharia of Islam.’

It is not surprising therefore that great many rulings of ‘Islamic Sharia Law’ contradict the ‘Sharia of Islam’ (Qur’anic message). These include, among others, stoning to death for adultery, capital punishment for apostasy and blasphemy, institutionalized slavery, temporary marriage, parental immunity against child abuse, instant (triple) Talaq, rape law, mobility restriction, full veiling and gender-based segregation of women, discrimination and hatred against non-Muslims, demographic division of the world between the Muslims and non-Muslims, perpetual jihad against non-Muslims, forced conversion of captive non-Muslim women, prohibition of all art forms – song, dance and music– to cite some commonplace examples. In historical relativism these may have been compatible with those of the other civilizations, but with sea change in paradigms of civilization since the Classical Islamic era, they stand in sharp stark contrast with the realities of the modern era, and cause genuine fear and concern among the non-Muslims in the Western world with growing Muslim population.

The truth is, the vast majority of Muslims settled in the Muslim minority countries of the world including America do not aspire to install the ‘Sharia Law of Islam’ in their countries as a parallel system of governance or moral code. They simply want to be good, peaceful and active citizens, have reasonable levels of income and entertain similar civil aspirations, entertainments, consumption addictions and material ambitions as the others – except that, outwardly, they may more devoted to religious rituals as a group. All they want is to practice their religion freely, live with others in peace and harmony, and avail of the blessings of life – without coming anywhere near the theological or juristic issues of Islam that has plagued this religion for over a millennium.

Hence, the American people and the mainstream societies in the Muslim minority countries have nothing to fear against any demand from its minority Muslim population to implement ‘Sharia Law of Islam. ‘A section of conservative Muslims and first generation immigrants in the Western countries may show their preference for Islam’s Sharia Law in any survey – but the ‘Sharia law’ that they have in mind is nostalgic of the classical period of Islamic civilization, which boasted of a highly structured, just and pluralistic system of governance under its ambit. That is like an old man dreaming to going back to the days of his youth. It can never be realized, given the abysmal decline in Islam’s juristic scholarship and the irrevocable march forward of human civilization in the track of history, and is therefore not to be afraid of or aspired for. 

The Muslims of the world – particularly the Arab world must clearly understand the black and white distinction between the ‘Sharia of Islam’ and the ‘Sharia Law of Islam’ or else they will never be able to form a cohesive society in another one thousand years. The proof of the cataclysmic danger in this unholy mix up lies in the victory of Muslim Brotherhood leaning candidate, Mohammed Morsi in Egypt’s 2012 elections. The Egyptian masses conflated the Islamic Law that Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party promised with a progressive, enlightened and liberating form of government that could parallel the Western democracy but would be free of its pitfalls. This was their notion of the Sharia of Islam. But what Morsi gave them was close to the Classical Sharia Law that was a far cry from the Sharia they voted for. The result is known to the world.

So the Muslims of the world – especially its leaders and educated elite must clearly understand the black and white distinction between ‘Sharia of Islam’ and the ‘Sharia Law of Islam’ (‘Islamic Law’) as this paper attempts to expound in very simple but compelling terms - otherwise they will live in perpetual confusion and chaos and allow a handful of proponents of Sharia Law to form mini-Caliphates, terrorize the whole world and create mayhems in their own lands.

To conclude this exposition, the author will remind the Islamists and the proponents of the Sharia Law of Islam - who project it as the Sharia of Islam, of the axiom that “one cannot fool all the people all the time” and therefore there is no way that they can fool God Almighty indefinitely by attributing to Him or to His Prophet all the vilest rulings of the ‘Sharia Law of Islam.’ Therefore, they must use reason unless they want to appropriate the following pronouncement of the Qur’an for themselves:

“Indeed the worst of creatures in God’s sight are the deaf and dumb, who do not use reason (8:22).

This article follows up on this author’s exhaustive technical article on the subject referenced below posted at New Age Islam more than five years ago.

The Classical Islamic Law (Islamic Sharia Law) is NOT a Word of God!


The Classical Islamic Sharia Law is NOT a Word of God! (Part II: The Way Forward)



Muhammad Yunus, a Chemical Engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, and a retired corporate executive has been engaged in an in-depth study of the Qur’an since early 90’s, focusing on its core message. He has co-authored the referred exegetic work, which received the approval of al-Azhar al-Sharif, Cairo in 2002, and following restructuring and refinement was endorsed and authenticated by Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl of UCLA, and published by Amana Publications, Maryland, USA, 2009.

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-ideology/muhammad-yunus,-new-age-islam/an-epilogue-to-the-recent-anti-sharia-law-rallies-across-american-cities---the-dichotomy-between-sharia-law-of-islam-(islamic-law)-and-the-sharia-of-islam/d/111595

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  •  Dear Mukhtar Alam,
    My faith is based on the Qur'an and I treat and respect all post revelation theological, doctrinal, historical and juristic developments as specific to their era and not eternally binding across the endless canvass of history.
    By muhammd yunus - 6/25/2017 11:48:16 PM

  • AND springing forth of Umblical Chord of spiritual connectivity to the reverse flow of Brahamnputra through the Ahom Realm of Eastern Crescent, suspending disbelief in kufr code 2010, resulting in hyper concentrated Amritanjan, considered terrific for human spiritual uplift !!!
    By Manzurul Haque - 6/25/2017 10:24:57 AM

  • Muhammad Yunus should learn about the chain of Fatimid khalifatullah in the posterity of prophet Muhammad salutations to him and his posterity decreed kauthar Amrit ambrosia for humanity led theologically by 49th Imam Mahdi and Fatimid khalifatullah Kareem Shah Al Hussaini leading AKDN www.akdn.org and functioning with governments around the world having seat of Imamat in Portugal in order to save youths from Satanic usurpers of the identity of khalifatullah decreed Mustafa in verse 3 :33 34.. SHARIA word refers to the road where believers are to obey the Imam Mahdi and Fatimid khalifatullah Kareem Shah Al Hussaini leading AKDN www.akdn.org and functioning with governments around the world having seat of Imamat in Portugal as karta of vasudhaiv kutumbkum existing in the posterity of prophet ABRAHAM referred as Brahmma here in Sanskrit texts continuing in the posterity of prophet Muhammad salutations to him and his posterity decreed kauthar Amrit ambrosia for humanity.
    By Muhammad Mukhtar Alam - 6/25/2017 9:42:33 AM

  • Change is the need of hour 
    Change your books and syllabus 
    Only answer

    By Oshok Dubey - 6/25/2017 9:42:03 AM

  • Much needed elucidation.
    By Satyendra Prakash Sharma - 6/23/2017 8:11:19 PM

  • Dear Aayina,

    I have never claimed the the Qur'an alone is the truth from God or a divine scripture. If I did so I will committing a kufr and contradicting both the Qur'an and myself stated as follows in my exegetic publication [Essential Message of Islam, Chapter 2.1]
    "It (the Qur'an) calls upon Muslims to believe in all the prophets and previously revealed scriptures, and to make no distinction between any of the Prophets (4:152),3 and affirms that all the messengers are not mentioned in the Qur’an (40:78).4

    “As for those who believe in God and His messengers, and do not make a distinction between any of them – it is they who will be given their rewards, for God is Most Forgiving and Merciful” (4:152).

    “Certainly We have sent messengers before you (O Muhammad!): Some of them We have mentioned to you, while there are others that We have not mentioned to you…” (40:78).

    By muhammd yunus - 6/22/2017 9:19:16 PM

  • Whatever you say. All muslims want that sickening brand of saudi islam. People elsewhere however civlized or bikni hot pants wearing variety all are only bidding time for the shit brand islam. All go on haj and bring it back with them. Obliterate history anthropolgy whatever past and replace with shit brand saudi style islam. Women in veils no music no sports just 5 times namaz and of course wage war on non believers.
    By Vasant Kumar Nair - 6/22/2017 6:26:24 PM

  • The more the merrier, I would say. I think we need thousands upon thousands of scholars to keep counselling Muslims and non-Muslims about the true import of Islam. At least people are reading these days, the Prophet was ridiculed and threatened for speaking truth.
    By Manzurul Haque - 6/22/2017 5:45:04 AM

  • Dear Yunus Sb,

    I am engaged in the same activity as yourself – demolishing the man-made sharia. My Quarnic sharia based articles listed below are proof.

     Deen-e-Islam or the Moral Way of Living in Islam

    The Process for Divorce in the Quran

    Inheritance Related Calculations Based On the Quran

    What Is Halal (Permissible) And What Is Haram (Forbidden) In The Quran?

    Is Music Prohibited In Islam?

    The Much discussed and debated Medinian Verses Relating to Fighting

    Qur’anic Wisdom: Marriage and Treatment of Women

    The Morality or the Immorality of the Institution of Slavery and the Quranic Permission That Allowed Sex with Female Slaves

    The Story of the Prophetic Mission of Muhammad (pbuh) From the Qu’ran (Part 6): The People of the Book and Jiziya

     I go a step further and say that the Quranic sharia should be talked about in the language of reason and practical ethics or what makes rational sense in today’s world. Some of my articles especially the last two, touch upon a sensitive subject from the past, to show that these made perfect sense in the past but not today. My articles are written from such a perspective and go beyond describing the Quranic sharia.

     In the US and Europe, the Muslims cannot succeed with demands for either the sharia of the Quran or the man-made sharia, unless they give good reasons why they need laws that are different from what exist in those countries. Merely saying that this set represents the sharia of the Quran may not be enough. If the sharia of the Quran is superior to man-made laws, why has not a single Islamic country established this as fact with the lowest rates of crime and the highest level of happiness in their society? They need to focus on this, rather than demand a sharia, without proof of its efficacy anywhere in today’s world.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 6/22/2017 1:09:44 AM

  • Muhmmad Yunus, do not confuse people by saying that " It is not Question.........the Quran is word...". The whole goal yours has been always that this the only truth of God, which can be perceived only after being Muslims directly or indirectly, not you nearly all Muslims commentators hear on this form had this agend only, Muslim and Quran can only.

    Word fight between Muslims is more personal fight of diffence of opinion.

    I think since Islam came it forced opinion on humans had demage enough of human pynsically and mentally, it will be much better if Muslims scholarship stop self declaring truth of Arabia on rest of humanity.

    The simple fact of sighting the moon in Ramdan is struggling, since world has different sunset and sunrise times. This types forced logic of God is much worrying and disturbing.

    By Aayina - 6/22/2017 12:23:41 AM

  • Dear Naseer Ahmed, Ikram Ahmed and hats off!

    As practically every intelligent son has differences with his dad because of differing worldviews, and perceptions of reality, so do all of us differ on our views in this forum – the more brilliant are likely to differ the more. But our goal is common: to take the Muslim masses out of their Medieval Citadel and allow them to breathe fresh air of this era; put it directly, to reverse their continuing decline as a civilization that has turned them from the messiah to the pariah; and from a source of security and relief to their non-Muslim neighbors to a cause of fear and mistrust.

    Having done some 120 articles on this forum, mostly designed to deliver the Muslims from their Medieval Citadel – a quagmire of its glorious heritage, I have now hopefully hit close to the head of the nail in my above article. If we could somehow get the Muslims to understand that that their true and only ‘Sharia’ is the Qur’an, we will at least be opening wide the gate of the Citadel and extend a strong twig to the Muslims caught in the quagmire of it glorious heritage.  

    With this I am requesting each of you, who have participated on this thread or at least seen it, to circulate the above article across all your contacts with at least one good word about the author, which he possibly deserves.   

    It is not a question about whether the Qur’an is really a word of God or Islamic civilization was a bane and not boon to humanity or relating to any interpretational or polemical issue that can continue indefinitely like the diverse and unending issues facing a ‘King.” But if the King has no clothes but and no one wants to say this for fear of his wrath – someone must say loud and clear that he has no clothes as much as the Sharia Law of Islam is not the Sharia of Islam.

    This is my personal request to each of you.            

    By muhammd yunus - 6/21/2017 9:09:56 PM

  • A very important distinction Muslims must learn to make. Understanding and talking about the dichotomy will go a long way in reducing Islamophobia.
    By Sultan Shahin - 6/21/2017 6:10:17 PM

  • Dear Ghulam Mohiuddin Sahab,
    I just received a very reassuring response from Mike Ghouse. He is  going to post the article on two of his popular websites by engaging extra hands at his own expense. I wish I could make share some costs .
    By muhammd yunus - 6/21/2017 8:03:40 AM

  • Janab Muhammad Yunus sahab, 
    In my own interest , I shall post this work of yours giving full references.  Otherwise also I keep inviting friends to read and comment on NAI. But now that you have pointed out this need,  I shall be emboldened to be more active. The ideas that have been discussed by you and some other scholars are not commonplace ideas. I call these high class ideas which according to me must at least penetrate the high class minds of the Muslim community.

    By Manzurul Haque - 6/21/2017 6:02:53 AM

  • Dear Ghulam Muhiuddin Sahab, I am really grateful to you for your positive response. The American leaders whom I have been copying some of my critical articles aimed at curbing terrorism and Islamophobia, never reply. For a change I had heard from Khaled Almaeen only recently. But I am an ordinary man - no University professor, high official or celebrity. So possibly,they delete my mails from their inboxes the first thing in the morning and my voice never reaches them. Your promise to help in this situation is greatly appreciated.
    By muhammd yunus - 6/21/2017 4:43:06 AM

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