(Note that Dr. Tawfik Hamid is an Egyptian American who was involved in "radical" Islam in Egypt but who has since renounced that path. He remains a devoted Muslim - and a good friend of Freethought Nation. His work here is reproduced by permission.)
Fighting Sharia Law MUST be a Strategic Objective for the US
by Tawfik Hamid
Some see Sharia Law (Islamic Law) as a threat to human rights, discriminating specifically against women, gays and non-Muslims. This limited understanding of sharia may lead to a half-hearted response rather than a serious fight for the United State's strategic interests. It is, however, difficult for an honest person to deny the fact that sharia law is a threat to human rights; for, the real threat of sharia goes far beyond infringements of human rights.
"It is difficult for an honest person to deny the fact that sharia law is a threat to human rights."
Sharia law has been the main topic for discussion in several debates in the U.S. and other Western countries. Careful observation of our modern history reveals that the U.S. has had major troubles from all Muslim countries or systems that have implemented sharia law.
The following is a list of Islamic countries and societies that have implemented sharia law as the main law of the land:
- Saudi Arabia
- Afghanistan under the Taliban regime
Without a single exception, the U.S. has suffered major troubles from all of these countries.
For example, Saudi Arabia produced Bin Laden who led Al-Qaeda and attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001 which dragged the U.S. into very costly confrontations. These confrontations have cost the U.S. economy trillions of dollars and thousands of lives. In fact, 15 of the 19 hijackers of the planes that attacked the twin towers on September 11 were Saudis. Moreover, petrodollars coming out of sharia-ruled Saudi Arabia have been used to support Islamists in Egypt and other Islamic countries thus promoting more Islamic-based hatred and animosity toward the U.S.
Another example of the outworking of sharia is the Iranian Islamic regime, which has shown aggression toward the U.S. and currently aims at creating a nuclear bomb that threatens world stability and security. The relationship between the U.S. and Iran declined dramatically after the Iran regime adopted sharia law following the Islamic revolution in 1979.
Afghanistan under sharia law created a system extremely hostile toward the West, including the U.S. The sharia-ruled Taliban adopted Al-Qaeda fighters and caused - and is still causing - major troubles for the U.S. In fact, the Islamist threat that originated in Afghanistan has also affected nearby countries such as Pakistan. The honeymoon that existed temporarily between the U.S. and the Taliban during the confrontation with the Russians has ended, and the true nature of the Taliban as an anti-American regimen has been exposed.
Furthermore, the relations between Sudan and the U.S. have significantly declined after the implementation of sharia in the country.
Somalia has shown animosity toward the U.S. and has become a breeding ground for terrorists since it became controlled by the Al-Shabbab Islamic movement that implemented sharia law in the land. Several U.S. Muslim citizens also became radicalized in Somalia after sharia dominated it.
If we compare the above countries to Islamic countries that did not make sharia law the main law of the land - such as Turkey, Qatar, UAE, Tunisia, Malaysia and Indonesia - we notice that the former countries did not cause as much trouble for the U.S. as the sharia-ruled countries did. This correlation is unlikely to be just a coincidence.
Sharia causes animosity toward the U.S. (as a symbol of the highest power of Western civilization) in several ways as we see below:
- Sharia law creates hatred toward the values of freedom and equality that are the founding principles of the U.S. For example, sharia allows beating women, polygamy and paedophilia. Additionally, it promotes killing apostates, gays and adulterers. Islamists who adopt these sharia values cannot have anything but hatred toward the countries that promotes freedom and liberty.
- Sharia induces a notion of the supremacy of Islam above all non-Muslims. Several Quranic verses have been used to promote this principle of supremacy of Muslims and Islam (See Quran 48:28). Also, Sharia rules necessitate that Non-Muslims in Muslim society MUST pay a special form of Tax of humiliation jizya to the Muslim rulers. Non-Muslims, according to sharia, MUST by disgraced during paying such taxes. The psychological contradiction in the mind of Islamists between their sense of the supremacy of Islam, and the reality of their weakness and inferiority, creates frustrations that lead to a desire to destroy or erase the world power (i.e., the U.S. and other western countries) that "deprives" them of their superiority.
- Sharia principles teach the values of Jihad to spread the religion and subjugate non-Muslims to Islamic laws. With no single exception, all schools of Islamic Jurisprudence (Shafeii, Hanbali, Maleki and Hanafi) to this day promote that Muslims MUST declare war on and fight Non-Muslims until they are subjugated to Islam.
"All schools of Islamic Jurisprudence promote that Muslims MUST declare war on and fight Non-Muslims until they are subjugated to Islam."
The integration of the previous three factors can explain to some extent the observed positive correlation between implementing sharia and creating hostility toward the U.S. and other Western countries.
To conclude: The trouble that has faced the United States from countries that adopted sharia law in the last few decades, and the enormous costs that were paid by the U.S. in these confrontations, should make the U.S. consider sharia not only an infringement to human rights but, more importantly, a serious threat to its national security and strategic interests.
(Note from Acharya S: I am aware that many of my readers are skeptical of the mainstream depiction of 9/11. While we can hash out that argument politely and civilly on this article, please do not make personal remarks about the author, Tawfik Hamid, or about me. The fact is that many Muslims - likely millions - are happily claiming 9/11 as a victory for Islam, and we must deal with that mentality on its face. The fact is that the Saudis are spreading their harsh and oppressive form of Islam all over the world and have evidently been behind many incursions of "radical" (devout) Sunni Islam in numerous countries.)