It is important to understand the basics of Sharia, how it was formulated and how we can fix it.
1. Genesis of Sharia Law - http://sharialaws.blogspot.com/2013/02/genesis-of-sharia-law.html
2. Fixing Sharia Law - http://sharialaws.blogspot.com/2014/01/fixing-sharia-laws.html
The writer of the following article Hasan Mahmud is on the advisory board of World Muslim congress as I am. We have different points of view and both will be published, as an organization we have to practice diversity within and learn to respect the other point of view.
A new paradigm is in the making in setting the new standards for organizations. Prophet Muhammad in his last sermon said something to this effect, I am leaving this book to you for you to read and understand. Mind you he did not assign a clergy or anyone to interpret the book for us, because only you, you alone are accountable for the good and bad you do and it is your personal responsibility to find the truth. Tough but that is the truth.
Men have always turned things to their advantage, even willing to mistinterpet the Qur'an and pass it on as God's word.
My personal view is shaped by seeing the world as one unit, and I am a part of that universe, with fellow beings and matter that are connected to together in balance and my role (and your role) is to preserve that balance. Islam is about justness and fairness, it is about creating cohesive societies where no human has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of the other. Islam - i.e, submission to a coherent well functioning system that God intended. God is not your, mine or any one's. God is a system that permeates through us all. God is the balance that keeps us together, and what is around us in balance. If we mess the balance and we have to fix it - for the ultimate good of all of us.
Some of the examples are ridiculous but are cultural, and passed out as religious. This congruence in practice and the faith is common in all faiths, including yours be it Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu or any faith. Things will change, as they have over the last ten years that I have observed.
Committed to building cohesive societies
By Hasan Mahmud
A rough parallel could be drawn from everyday office work. Suppose we have a document in which we white-out a word, a sentence or perhaps a whole paragraph and type something in the same font over it and then photocopy this document. Scrutinizing this photocopy, even the most expert eye cannot detect the deception unless the original is consulted where proof of the tampering will be evident. I told you that sometimes man is too clever for his own good! He can create something out of thin air almost, so to say. In other words, he will spin an entire sherwani from whole cloth, if you get my meaning! To support my assertion I shall endeavor to quote a few examples from our venerable Sharia Laws.
2. Criminals of genocide, mass-rape, looting etc (Hiraba) will not be punished if they repent.[ii]
3. The Head of Islamic State cannot be charged in Hudood cases.[iii]
4. Proof of adultery and rape liable to Hudood shall be one of the following namely
(1) Either confession of the accused), or, (2) At least four Muslim adult male
witnesses give evidence as eyewitnesses.[iv]
5. Men can marry and keep up to four wives at one time.[v]
6. Men can divorce wives instantly; in such case she gets no maintenance.[vi]
7. A wife, if divorced in a regular manner in the course of two to three months gets maintenance only for maximum of 3 months.[vii]
8. To remarry the previous husband a divorced wife must marry another person, have sex with
and get voluntary divorce from him to remarry the previous husband).[viii]
9. The only way for a wife to get divorce is to convince the Sharia Court that will negotiate with
10. Women’s testimony is not accepted in Hudood cases.[x]
No such law is applicable to father. The father gets boys when they are 9 and girls when they are 7 years old. Kids belong to the father.[xiv]
Please do read the Genesis of Sharia after reading this piece- http://sharialaws.blogspot.com/2013/02/genesis-of-sharia-law.html