Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, famous for his plans to build Park51 (also known as the Ground Zero Mosque) two blocks from Ground Zero, stated, “I call America a shariah compliant state.” Perhaps Imam Rauf does not realize the U.S. Constitution was designed to keep government limited and restrained while shariah is designed to regulate every aspect of a Muslim’s life from the moment he is born until he dies. They are polar opposites in intent and execution.

Despite what Islamists want you to believe, the contrast is clear as you examine the U.S. Constitution and compare it with the dictates of shariah law. Shariah law is explained and documented in the Reliance of the Traveller, A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law. The Reliance of the Traveller is endorsed by Al-Azhar University, the premier Islamic university in the world and the Fiqh Council of North America. The Fiqh Council is an affiliate of the Islamic Society of North America and advises and educates its members on matters related to the application of shariah in the North American environment. Let’s compare a few examples.

Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution states, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” Shariah law states, “…the source of legal rulings for all the acts of those who are morally responsible is Allah.” (Reliance, a1.1, p. 2)

Article II, Section 1 gives the qualifications of the President. To serve as President of the United States you must be a natural born Citizen, at least 35 years old and a resident for 14 years. Article VI states, “no religious test shall ever be required as a Qualification for any Office or public trust under the United States.” Under shariah, the caliph (leader) must be a Muslim, a non-slave, male and from the Quraysh tribe. (Reliance o25.3, p.640)

The Constitution is declared the supreme law of the land in Article VI, yet shariah demands Allah is the source of legal rulings for all acts.

The Bill of Rights, containing the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution further restricts government. Amendment 1 of the Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press…” Shariah dictates laws for “non-Muslim subjects.” Non-Muslims must follow the rules of Islam and pay the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya). Non-Muslims are prohibited from openly displaying wine or pork, reciting their scriptures, or entering Mecca. Non-Muslims may not build new churches or enter a mosque without permission. Non-Muslims will lose their “protection” by the Islamic state if they commit adultery or marry a Muslim woman, lead a Muslim away from Islam or say anything impermissible about Allah, Muhammad or Islam. (Reliance o11.0-11.10, p. 607-609).

The right of the people to keep and bear arms is guaranteed by the second amendment, but in Islam, anyone buying weapons cannot be at war with Muslims. (Reliance k1.2f, p. 380)

There are certainly more examples including the inequitable treatment of women and cruel punishments for crimes including stoning, scourging, cutting off hands and feet for stealing and death for apostasy from Islam. Islamists attempt to argue that those types of punishments would never be implemented in a modern country like the United States, however those punishments do occur in modern day shariah adherent nations such as Saudi Arabia and Iran. If current trends continue, it is possible that this could occur in our nation.

Those who wish to see legislation such as American Laws for American Courts are not trying to infringe upon Muslims right to worship, they are however trying to declare the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Unlike other religious laws such as Jewish religious laws and Christian canonical laws, shariah law attempts to control the behavior of non-believers and therefore is in direct violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.


  • There is much deception and misunderstanding surrounding shariah law in our nation. Pray that hidden agendas will be exposed and God’s Truth will prevail.
  • Because shariah law is totally different than our U.S. Constitution, pray that our judges will have wisdom, insight and the courage to always align with the laws of our land.
  • Pray that our President, members of Congress, U.S. Supreme Court, governors and state government leaders will become enlightened to the differences between the U.S. Constitution and shariah law and fight the advancement of shariah across our nation.

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