The U.S. Constitution vs. Shari’a Law

BCN Ramadan 2015 Day 12 Sharia First Amendment


Freedom Incompatible with Shari’a

2016 Ramadan GraphicToday, the United States celebrates Independence Day commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in 1776. Since 1776, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, which was ratified by all of the 13 original colonies by 1790, are the foundational documents of the United States government.

A portion of the Declaration of Independence reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

The concept of men governing themselves is not found in Islam. Sayyid Qutb, author of Milestones and Islamic cleric said, “It is Allah and not man who rules. Allah is the source of all authority, including legitimate political authority. Virtue, not freedom, is the highest value. Therefore, Allah’s law should govern the society; not man’s.”

The Quran backs up Qutb’s statement. Sura 18:26 says, “Allah…makes none to share in His Decision and His Rule.”

The Quran also teaches that non-Muslims are not equal to Muslims. Sura 45:21 says, “What! Do those who seek after evil ways think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe and do righteous deeds, that equal will be their life and their death?”

The U.S. Constitution was designed to keep government limited and restrained while shari’a is designed to regulate every aspect of a Muslim’s life from the moment he is born until he dies. Unlike other religious laws such as Jewish religious laws and Christian canonical laws, shari’a law also attempts to control the behavior of non-believers and therefore is in direct violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Islamic shari’a law and the U.S. Constitution are polar opposites in intent and execution.

Prayer Point:

As the U.S. celebrates Independence Day today, pray that governmental leaders both in the U.S. and other Western nations will become enlightened to the differences between the concepts of freedom and democracy and shari’a law.


Ramadan Prayer Day 29 – Government: Incompatible – U.S. Constitution and Shariah

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.

PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT:

  • 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.

Ramadan Prayer Day 26 – Media: “A Self-Censored Press Is Not Free”

The Society of Professional Journalists, considered the trade guild of the U.S. press corps, states their mission is “dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.” On the website the Society lists eight goals including, “To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.”

Pertaining to the press, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech or of the press;” This means our government cannot censor or control the press, however, when it comes to Islam, it is not our government, but self-censorship by the press that has whitewashed the threat of Islamic fundamentalism.

Following the 9-11 attacks by Muslim jihadists on our nation, The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) passed a resolution in October 2001 urging members to avoid racial, ethnic and religious profiling in covering the “War on Terror.” As part of this resolution, the Society published guidelines for journalists including the following:

  • When writing about terrorism, remember to include white supremacists, radical anti-abortionists and other groups with a history of such activity.
  • Avoid using word combinations such as “Islamic terrorist” or “Muslim extremist” that are misleading because they link whole religions to criminal activity. Be specific: Alternate choices, depending on context, include “Al Qaeda terrorists” or, to describe the broad range of groups involved in Islamic politics, “political Islamists.” Do not use religious characterizations as shorthand when geographic, political, socioeconomic or other distinctions might be more accurate.
  • Avoid using terms such as “jihad” unless you are certain of their precise meaning and include the context when they are used in quotations. The basic meaning of “jihad” is to exert oneself for the good of Islam and to better oneself.
  • Ask men and women from within targeted communities to review your coverage and make suggestions.

White supremacists and anti-abortionists have never murdered over 2,700 people in the name of their god. Al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden made it quite clear in fatwas (Islamic religious rulings) through the years that it was the duty of all Muslims, not just members of al-Qaeda to attack America. Proof that other Islamist groups were involved in the 9-11 attacks has since emerged. A federal district court judge ruled in December of 2011 that Iran and Hezbollah materially and directly supported al-Qaeda in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Jihad can be a personal struggle, but it is also a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty. Dr. Muhammad Sa’id Ramadan al-Buti, Al-Azhar University Islamic scholar, in the book Jurisprudence in Muhammad’s Biography wrote, “The Holy War (Jihad), as it is known in Islamic Jurisprudence, is basically an offensive war.  This is the duty of Muslims in every age when the needed military power becomes available to them.  This is the phase in which the meaning of Holy war has taken its final form.  Thus the apostle of God said: I was commanded to fight the people until they believe in Allah and his messages…”

Finally, groups with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood such as the Islamic Circle of North America and the Council for American Islamic Relations were the ones asked by our media to review their coverage and make suggestions. In an attempt to be “politically correct” and adhere to these guidelines, our media has allowed Islamists to control the information regarding radical Islam.

These guidelines have allowed Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood to keep average Americans ignorant of the agenda and the threat of shariah adherent Islam to our nation.

PRAY FOR MEDIA:

  • Pray for the media – that those who do not understand the truth about Islam will receive revelation and the self-censored media coverage of Islam will cease and truth will be revealed to the American people.
  • Pray for journalists to be courageous and bold in their coverage and to uncover the “doublespeak”.
  • Just as communism keeps people in bondage to the system, Islamic shariah law keeps Muslims in bondage.  The Muslim people are not the enemy to our form of government – rather the enemy is the system of shariah (Islamic) law.  Ask God to expose the truth of shariah law to our government, educators, media, and the citizens of our nation.