Implimenting the Islamic
Shariah (Sharia Law)
Why are Muslims
turning towards Allah(Swt) Law rather than International
The Reality on the Ground!
is the Islamic Shariah?
The Islamic Shariah is the
Islamic law which applies to all aspects of the life
of a Muslim. The Shariah includes all aspects of life,
from daily activities, ibadah (worship),
criminal law and everything else. It is obligatory on
every Muslim to respect and follow the Islamic Shariah
in every aspect of their life. It is also obligatory
on Muslim nations to implement the Islamic Shariah,
and make it the source of all law and legislation.
are the sources of the Shariah?
The main sources of Shariah as explained
by the scholars are the following:
The Holy Qur'an
The Sunnah of Prophet Mohammad (peace
be upon him)
The ijma' (consensus)
of Islamic scholars
The ijtihad (opinion of
the Islamic scholars based on their knowledge and
For a Muslim, all matters, laws and legislation
must be according to the Islamic Shariah to be acceptable.
The previously mentioned sources of the Shariah must
be used in the order they were given. A verdict on any
issue is first researched in the holy Qur'an, then the
Sunnah of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). If no verdict can
be found in these two sources, then the scholars of
Islam must look at the issue, research and study it,
and come up with a suitable verdict.
Islamic scholars have their own scientific
methods that they follow in order to extract a verdict.
This science is called usool al fiqh,
and is a very large subject that can be studied in hundreds
of Islamic books.
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should Muslim's implement
the Islamic Shariah in their lives?
The Islamic Shariah represents the will
of Allah (swt) and His messenger Mohammad (pbuh). As
Muslims, we must go about all matters according to the
will of Allah (swt). In the holy Qur'an, Allah (swt)
has revealed to humanity many verdicts and solutions
to many of the problems faced by us. In order to be
a true beleiver in Allah (swt), and in order to worship
Allah (swt) only, we must follow the guidance of Allah
The holy Qur'an also instructs us to follow
the messenger of Allah (swt), prophet Mohammad (pbuh).
There are many ayat to this effect, which are discussed
under a separate article. Therefore, the will of Allah
(swt) is for us to worship Him by following His guidance
as revealed in the holy Qur'an and in the Sunnah of
prophet Mohammad (pbuh).
Finally, there are many issues that are
not covered by the holy Qur'an and the Sunnah. However,
the Qur'an and the Sunnah provide the necessary guidelines
to allow Muslims to come up with proper verdicts for
any and all issues. Therefore, when a verdict about
a certain issue is not found in the Qur'an or the Sunnah,
the scholars of Islam research this issue and come up
with the best possible verdict to make the life of Muslims
easier and keeping in mind the best interest of the
Therefore, all Muslims should live their
lives according to the Islamic Shariah. Muslim nations
should strive to implement the Islamic Shariah in all
matters. All laws, legislation, trade, politics and
all other matters should be conducted according to the
Many nations today rely in their so called
"constitutions" on foreign systems of law. Many nations
where the majority of inhabitants are Muslims derive
their law from western systems of law, such as French
or British law. This includes all matters including
criminal law and even family law!
How can we continue to abandon the law
of Allah (swt) and rely on the man made law?
is the evidence that we
must follow Shariah from the Holy Qur'an?
First of all, it should be very clear to
anyone that since Allah (swt) has revealed the holy
Qur'an, and has sent prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and ordered
us to follow him, then obviously Allah (swt) expects
us to follow this guidance. However, in addition to
this, Allah (swt) has revealed the following ayat:
“And whoever does not judge by what Allah revealed,
then they are Kafirun.”
Surat Al-Maidah, Ayah 44
“And this (He commands): ‘Judge thou between
them by what Allah has revealed and follow not
their vain desires but beware of them lest they
beguile you from any of that (teaching) which
Allah has sent down to you.’ And if they turn
away be assured that for some of their crimes
it is Allah's purpose to punish them. And truly
most men are rebellious.”
| “Do they then
seek after a judgment of (the Days of) Ignorance?
But who for a people whose faith is assured
can give better judgment than Allah?”
Al-Maidah, Ayah 50
These verses clearly show that it is an
obligation on all Muslims to believe in, implement
and follow the Islamic Shariah in all matters in their
5. What about non-Muslims living in
a Muslim nation?
From the same ayat quoted above (ayat
40 - 50 of surat Al-Maidah), we find that non-Muslims
can practice and implement their own ystem of law
within a Muslim society. Islamic Shariah law is not
to be implemented or forced upon non-Muslims.
May Allah (swt) guide us all.
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