My Sharia Question
I know that we have scholars and advocates out there who argue and have written that sharia can work within a democracy (Abu El Fadl and Mukhtader Khan). Admittedly, I haven’t read any of the works and I do hope to do so one day. My question is not how sharia could work within a democracy as we have allready seen religion work within democracy and democracy work to push religion out. It’s been an ongoing struggle for generations.
My question is how sharia can work at all? How could we as Muslims possibly make it work justly? Just as here in the United States we have seen riots take place between different Christian sects over which prayer should be used in schools, how would we as Muslims decide which interpretation of Sharia we would use?
I think if we take a look at the ME, we will notice that the extremist views tend to win. Let’s take a look at the Hudood Ordinance in Pakistan. Originally, it is Islamic based, recently it was said that the ordinance is unislamic and needs to be changed (by an Islamic council). Now, correct me if I am wrong but another rival faction wants this law to remain and any changes that would be made do not reflect the understanding of what the Islamic laws in regards to rape and zina are.
We have debate in regards to the veil. We have debate in regards to women’s rights. We have debate/disagreement in so many aspects. We see that the sharia system is causing human rights atrocities in the Middle East, but how do we ensure that a just sharia would be applied when we have such varying opinions.