Tuesday 26 June 2012

What Sharia says about non-Muslims...

From here

1.  Non-Muslims cannot be Allies in Jihad, unless…: 
“Muslims may not seek help from non-Muslim allies unless the Muslim are considerably outnumbered and the allies are of goodwill towards the Muslims” (o9.7). 
Comment: those of “goodwill towards the Muslims” would clearly include many on the left in western countries, where they are viewed by Muslims as “allies in Jihad”: financial jihad, lawfare and so forth, to instil greater Islamic identities in their host countries. Examples are the Sharia courts in the UK and Australia.

2.  Non-Muslim can’t have custody of Muslim Child:
“If a child is Muslim, it is a necessary condition that the person with custody be a Muslim” (m 13.2(c))
Comment: clearly discriminatory in the case of adoption and for child custody in interfaith marriages.
3.  Muslims cannot share non-Muslims’ clothes or vessels:
“It is offensive to use the vessels of non-Muslims.. or to wear their clothes” (e2.3)
Comment: Lee Kwan Yew, ex president of Singapore, talks of this in his memoir “Hard Truths”, when he notes that in the “old days” he was able to mix freely and happily with his Muslim colleagues, but since the rise of Islamism, they were no longer willing to eat and socialise with him. He, rightly, sees this as a backward trend.

4.  Non-Muslims are destined for hell:
“The Koranic verses concering this are very numerous, it being absolutely certain that whoever ascribes associates to Allah and dies in such a state is one of hell’s inhabitants….” (p1.3)
Comment: those who “ascribe associates to Allah” refers to Christians, as they believe in the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost, all “associates” of God/Allah.

5.  Non-Muslim religions are “abrogated” by  Islam:
“[Mohammad’s] inspired message…. superseding and abrogating all previous religious systems with the Prophet’s Sacred law.  Allah has favoured him above all the other prophets and made him the highest of mankind, rejecting anyone’s attesting to the divine oneness…” (v2.1)
“Previously revealed religions… were abrogated by the universal message of Islam, as is equally attested to by many verses of the Koran” (w4.1(2))

6.  Non-Muslims cannot be given Zakat charity
“It is not permissible to give zakat to a non-Muslim” (h8.24)
Comment: Zakat is a kind of tithing, obligatory “for every free Muslim” (h1.1)

7.  Non-Muslim are to be “hated for the sake of Allah”
“And this clarifies the Koranic verses and hadiths about hatred for the sake of Allah and love for the sake of Allah, being unyielding towards the unbelievers, hard against them and detesting them…”  (w59.2 end)
8.  Non-Muslims are banned from the Hijaz

“[Non-Muslims] are forbidden to reside in the Hijaz, meaning the area and towns around Mecca, Medina and Yamama for more than three days…” (o11.6)
“A non-Muslim may not enter the Meccan Sacred Precinct under any circumstances…(o11.7)

9.  Non-Muslims may not inherit from Muslims:

“… it is invalid and unlawful for a non-Muslim to inherit property through estate division from a Muslim, or vice versa” (L1.0)
Comment: “estate division” here refers to bequests after death.  There is no such limitations on bequests made when one is still alive.

10.  Muslims may not marry….:
“Zoroastrians… idol worshippers… apostates from Islam…” (m6.7)
Comment: In sum a Muslim (man) may marry only “a Muslim, Christian, or Jew; nor is it valid for a Muslim woman to be married to anyone besides a Muslim” (m6.7(5))

11.  Eid meats may not be given to non-Muslims:
“It is unlawful to give any of it [Eid’s sacrificial meats] to non-Muslims” (j14.0)
Comment: this is ironic given the White House’s annual Eid dinners given to honour the religion of peace.

12.  Non-Muslims must pay a Poll Tax (jizya)
“The minimum non-Muslim poll tax is one dinar (4.235 grams of gold) per person.  The maximum is whatever both sides agree on.” (o11.4)
Comment: this applies to countries with an Islamic government.  It is today widely honoured in the breach, although there is talk of applying it: for example the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has floated it.

13.  Non-Muslims may not have positions of authority:
It is “… invalid to appoint a non-Muslim to authority, even to rule non-Muslims” (o25.3)
Comment: in Islamic countries.

14.  Muslims may kill non-Muslims without retaliation:
“The following are not subject to retaliation:
“…(2) a Muslim for killing a non-Muslim” (o1.2 (2))
Comment: do we think there may be some connection between this bit of Islamic jurisprudence and Islamic terrorists killing infidels without remorse?  Not if you’re a member of the “three blind monkeys” brigade….

15.  Indemnity for killing non-Muslims or women:
“The indemnity for the death or injury of a woman is one half the indemnity of a man.
“The indemnity paid for a Jew or Christian is one-third of the indemnity paid for a Muslim. The indemnity paid for a Zoroastrian is one-fifteenth of that of a Muslim” (o4.9)

16.  Muslim children may not go to non-Muslim schools:
“It is offensive to send one’s children to a day-care center run by non-Muslims.  It is unlawful to send Muslim children to Christian schools or those which are designedly atheist, though it is not unlawful to send them to public schools in which religion is not mentioned” (m13.3)

17.  Non-Muslims may not buy the Koran
“If a Koran is being purchased for someone, it is obligatory that the person be a Muslim.  The same is true of books of hadith and books containing the words and deeds of the early Muslims.” (k1.2(e))
PF Comment: reading the Koran may be harmful to a non-Muslim’s view of Islam as a Religion of Peace. Muslim apologists are always saying that non-Muslims should “learn more” about Islam.  How is one to do that without reading the Koran?  Every one I know who has read the Koran has come to the same conclusions that I have here: that the Koran is, at its core, a book of supremacism, sectarianism, anti-Semitism, misogyny and terror.

18.  Non-Muslims subjects must wear special clothing:
“… non-Muslim subjects … are distinguished from Muslims in dress, wearing a wide cloth belt (zunnar)” (o11.5 (2))
PF Comment: largely honoured in the breach, though one hears calls for revival of this practice in Islamic countries from time to time. Interesting to note that Jews were obliged to wear the yellow Star of David, a practice that Hitler took from the Muslims.

Are the any positives in Islamic Sharia treatment of non-Muslims?
A few:
1.  Treat non-Muslim and Muslims the same in commercial dealings:
“… there is no difference between Muslims and non-Muslims in ruling concerning commercial dealings…” (k4.7)

2.  A non-Muslim may drink wine:
“… nor a Muslim condemn a non-Muslim for drinking wine” (q3.2)
PF Comment: this is an inserted comment by Sheikh Ali Salman, and such not as authoritative as the base text. Still...
Non-Muslim subjects are not penalised for “drunkenness” (o11.5(1))

3.  Non-Muslims may be given non-Zakat charity:
“It is permissible to give charity to a non-Muslim (but not Zakat)” (h9/7)

4.  Muslims and non-Muslims may bequeath to each other:
“… it is legally valid for a Muslim to bequeath up to a third of his property to a non-Muslim and similarly valid for a non-Muslim to bequeath his property to a Muslim” (L1.0)
PF Comment: note the one-third limitation of the Muslim to non-Muslim transfer; no limitation the other way.  And note also the difference with inheritance in point 9 above.

Muslims may visit non-Muslim in hospital:
“If the sick person is a non-Muslim subject of the Islamic state, then if he is a relative or neighbour, visiting him is recommended.  If not, visiting him is merely permissible.” (g1.2)

And finally, if we infidels should get the idea that we are detestable, despicable dross, destined for hellfire, all is not lost.  We have a reason for being: it’s so that Muslims may contrast their superior selves against our pitiable ignorance and may glory therein.  Allah was wise to create infidels:
“(Objection:) What is the wisdom of creating such people [non-Muslims]?
“(Reply:) The wisdom lies in making manifest the divine omnipotence, so that believers may contemplate it and reflect upon the immensity of the majesty of Allah Most High… [who] is well able to create all people as obedient believers, but He Most Glorious has willed to manifest the thing and its opposite, those who know [ie Muslims] to know it, and those who are ignorant to be ignorant of it…” (w55.3 end).
So, you see, if you’re an infidel, it’s not your fault, it’s Allah’s will!
Or, as Ricky Gervais says: “I’m thankful to God for making me an atheist”.
Amen to that.