Clearing up Shariah misconceptions

· Law and Religion, Sharia Law

Source / Courtesy: The Barrie Examiner

By Masood Nasir, Barrie, Canada

(Re: ‘Shariah law goes against our law’ in the Nov. 10 edition of the Examiner and ‘Shariah law all about control’ in the Dec. 1 edition of the Examiner)

I hope you will give me a chance of free dialogue that we so much enjoy in Canada and allow me to respond to these letters, instead of publishing one-sided hate propaganda.

As an Ahmadi Muslim who has read the Qur’an from cover to cover, let me explain my understanding of Shariah law to those who have not read the Qur’an and use second-hand sources, or unfortunate malpractices of some cultures populated by Muslims.

Unfortunately, Shariah is a misunderstood concept both by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. As Muslims who believe in the Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has a clear vision to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims alike about the corruption that has crept into practices of Muslims in the name of Shariah, many of which are cultural practices of pre-Islamic era and have no basis in Quran.

In Islam, Shariah is comprised of five main branches: behaviour, morals and manners; ritual worship; beliefs; transactions and contracts, and; punishments.

The source of Shariah is only Qur’an and the conduct of Prophet Muhammad.

Anything else introduced by corrupt clergy over the time is not Shariah and has no basis in Islam, no matter how hard you try to justify.

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