• March 20, 2023
What is Islamic law or sharia, shariah?

What is sharia law?

What is sharia or Islamic law? Sharia is followed by millions of people in Islam-dominant countries. Below are the popular elements of sharia purportedly ordained by Islamic holy writings, including the Quran and sahih hadiths, as asserted by many Muslim authorities over the centuries. Although the law differs from one Muslim country to the next, many devout Muslims – they object to the word “radical” or “extremist” – concur with one or all of these elements as part of Islamic or sharia law and, ultimately, as the core of Islam itself. If you disagree with these Muslim spokespeople, please feel free to tell them that. You can find these devout Muslims discussing these subjects in the videos below.

Sharia Law

Honor killings
Burning infidels alive
Supremacy/global domination
Limb amputations
Genital mutilation
Death to apostates
Forced conversion
Sex slavery and rape
Click to enlarge and downloadWomen enslavement
Wife beating
Child marriage/rape
Brutality against homosexuals
Bigotry and hatred
Robbery and pillage
Extortion of nonbelievers
Persecution and/or death for blasphemy/atheism
Animal cruelty
Prohibition of music/singing
Destruction of pre-Islamic antiquities
Etc., ad nauseam

Videos of Muslims on Sharia Law

Iraqi Muslim sheik: Raping women is okay in Islam

Kurdish Mullah: Female genital mutilation “is an obligation” in Islam

Muslim cleric: The man must hit his wife because women are stupid creatures

Muslim cleric: Allah honored wives with the punishment of beatings

Bahraini Muslim cleric: Rules for wife-beating

Kuwait Muslim woman: Muslim men need sex slaves, should capture Europeans

Muslim scholar: Homosexuals must be stoned


Kuwait Muslim scholar: Homosexuals must be killed

UK Muslim leader: Gays should be executed under Uslamic Law

Pakistani Muslim scholar: Islam is the only true religion, all others false

UK Muslim lawyer: Non-Muslims are not innocent


Saudi cleric: Any Muslim who refuses to pray is an infidel and must be killed


Saudi Muslim: Killing apostates a ‘healthy belief’

Muslim cleric: Mohammed had sex with a nine year old girl

Muslim cleric: Mohammed had sex with his 9-year-old “wife” Aisha


Muslim child brides want divorce

Muslim preacher: Music is Haram/Forbidden for Muslims. Music is the Quran of Satan

Muslim cleric: Islam, Muslims will conquer the world

Egyptian Muslim cleric: Muslims will conquer Europe


UK Muslim leader: Islam will dominate America


Muslim commentator: There is no “radical” Islam, just Islam


Further Reading

Sharia for Dummies

Stage of Muslim Apologetics



34 thoughts on “What is sharia law?

  1. Sharia Law…

    Love right off, after registering just now–this at the top! Glad to be officially registered with you now, Acharya.

    Short comment concerning Sharia–there is much available on the internet that explains the nature of Sharia Law, and the ramifications concerning the people of Islam, whether considered “moderate” and simply quiet, or extremist and, simply quiet. It is a religious law. It goes beyond Roman Catholic “requirements of the Church”, into secular political control of religious adherents. And, in America it is Unconstitutional to have any separate political “territories” except as approved by the federal government, i.e. Native American territorial reservations.

    If you hear of any group attempting to implement in your community, or near your community in America–report it to the FBI online. It is a serious matter, and we see the effects today in the UK and Europe, because the political officials being “politically correct” about “all peoples beliefs”, allowed “Sharia Law” to be implemented. Read Robert Spencer’s web site, Jihad Watch–pops right up on the search engines, and learn more. He’s considered the foremost public expert on what he references “Islam-ic” vs. “Islamist”, the latter religion, being perverted, distorted by the former political, violent “jihadists” intent on taking over the world, by their own declarations. It is true that some sincere Islamists are unaware of the greater truths, just as so many “religionists” in all religions are unaware of the right to independent thought and free action such as our Bill of Rights protects for the individual–we must give room for the respect of “Islamists” insofar as their specific actions do not define them as “Islam-ics”, Islamics. “Break the law, and the judicial system may kick in.” It is known–some Islamists do not LIKE what’s going on from the extremists “perverting” their religion’s intent on “Jihad”, that they define as an “inner jihad” established by the individual spiritually evolving from “within” themselves.

  2. Islamic leaders all across the globe must join to
    Until I see the religious leaders of Islam join together in a public denunciation of the parts of their religion which create violence and murder I will consider Islam a religion of hatred and fear it. They must publicly declare to their fellow Muslims all over the world that Apostasy no longer exists with the religion. That if a Muslim chooses by his own free will to leave the faith for whatever reason, they have the right to do so. I demand to hear that the words: Fatwa, Jihad and Infidel be stricken from the religion as well. I demand that the concept of stoning any human being will be outlawed, as well as beheading. I need to hear that Islam will no longer be a vessel of death and that nobody will have the right to murder in the name of this religion ever again, for whatever reason as it will be a religion of peace, and not a judging government. I need to see women given full civil rights and not be forced to be mutilated by female circumcision nor be forced to cover any part of her body except the top of her head if she so chooses. Than, and only then will I be willing to accept this as a peaceful religion not to be feared. Until then, I will continue to abhor and fear it.

  3. Sharia law is not compatible with any known principle of modern life. It is the remnant of a long-past, long-forgotten oppressive regime. It flies in the face of everything that modern, reasonable human beings hold dear. To have people…any people…in the world today saying that this is the rules that people should live by only points up the power of religious brain-washing. It is an abomination.

  4. Sharia for Dummies

    By Nonie Darwish

    Imam Feisal Abdel Rauf claims that the U.S. Constitution is Sharia compliant. Now let us examine below a few laws of Sharia to see if Imam Rauf is truthful or a fraud:

    1 – Jihad defined as “to war against non-Muslims to establish the religion” is the duty of every Muslim and Muslim head of state (Caliph). Muslim Caliphs who refuse jihad are in violation of Sharia and unfit to rule.

    2 – A Caliph can hold office through seizure of power meaning through force.

    3 – A Caliph is exempt from being charged with serious crimes such as murder, adultery, robbery, theft, drinking and in some cases of rape.

    4 – A percentage of Zakat (alms) must go towards jihad.

    5 – It is obligatory to obey the commands of the Caliph, even if he is unjust.

    6 – A caliph must be a Muslim, a non-slave and a male.

    7 – The Muslim public must remove the Caliph in one case, if he rejects Islam.

    8 – A Muslim who leaves Islam must be killed immediately.

    9 – A Muslim will be forgiven for murder of: 1) an apostasy 2) an adulterer 3) a highway robber. Making vigilante street justice and honor killing acceptable.

    10 – A Muslim will not get the death penalty if he kills a non-Muslim.

    11- Sharia never abolished slavery and sexual slavery and highly regulates it. A master will not be punished for killing his slave.

    12 – Sharia dictates death by stoning, beheading, amputation of limbs, flogging and other forms of cruel and unusual punishments even for crimes of sin such as adultery.

    13 – Non-Muslims are not equal to Muslims and must comply to Sharia if they are to remain safe. They are forbidden to marry Muslim women, publicly display wine or pork, recite their scriptures or openly celebrate their religious holidays or funerals. They are forbidden from building new churches or building them higher than mosques. They may not enter a mosque without permission. A non-Muslim is no longer protected if he commits adultery with a Muslim woman or if he leads a Muslim away from Islam.

    14 – It is a crime for a non-Muslim to sell weapons to someone who will use them against Muslims. Non-Muslims cannot curse a Muslim, say anything derogatory about Allah, the Prophet, or Islam, or expose the weak points of Muslims. However, the opposite is not true for Muslims.

    15 – A non-Muslim cannot inherit from a Muslim.

    16 – Banks must be Sharia compliant and interest is not allowed.

    17 – No testimony in court is acceptable from people of low-level jobs, such as street sweepers or a bathhouse attendant. Women in such low-level jobs such as professional funeral mourners cannot keep custody of their children in case of divorce.

    18 – A non-Muslim cannot rule even over a non-Muslims minority.

    19 – Homosexuality is punishable by death.

    20 – There is no age limit for marriage of girls under Sharia. The marriage contract can take place any time after birth and consummated at age 8 or 9.

    21 – Rebelliousness on the part of the wife nullifies the husband’s obligation to support her, gives him permission to beat her and keep her from leaving the home.

    22 – Divorce is only in the hands of the husband and is as easy as saying: “I divorce you” and becomes effective even if the husband did not intend it.

    23 – There is no community property between husband and wife and the husband’s property does not automatically go to the wife after his death.

    24 – A woman inherits half what a man inherits.

    25- A man has the right to have up to 4 wives and she has no right to divorce him even if he is polygamous.

    26- The dowry is given in exchange for the woman’s sexual organs.

    27 – A man is allowed to have sex with slave women and women captured in battle, and if the enslaved woman is married her marriage is annulled.

    28 – The testimony of a woman in court is half the value of a man.

    29- A woman loses custody if she remarries.

    30- To prove rape, a woman must have 4 male witnesses.

    31 – A rapist may only be required to pay the bride-money (dowry) without marrying the rape victim.

    32 – A Muslim woman must cover every inch of her body which is considered “Awrah,” a sexual organ. Some schools of Sharia allow the face and some don’t.

    33 – A Muslim man is forgiven if he kills his wife caught in the act of adultery. However, the opposite is not true for women since he “could be married to the woman he was caught with.”

    The above are clear-cut laws in Islam decided by great Imams after years of examination and interpretation of the Quran, Hadith and Mohammed’s life. Now let the learned Imam Rauf tell us what part of the above is compliant with the US constitution?

    [that is the truth Does not sound like a religion of peace to me sounds like a Farce .. and Do not think God would approve of them killing in his name … not a religion of peace but a religion of hate]

    Gurpreet Lenthdy Tenets of Shariah Law
    Examples of Shariah Law include the following: (from the authoritative source [i]Reliance of the Traveller, The Sacred Manual of Islamic Law[/i])

    Requirement of women to obtain permission from husbands for daily freedoms;
    Beating of disobedient woman and girls;
    Execution of homosexuals;
    Engagement of polygamy and forced child marriages;
    Requirement of the testimony of four male witnesses to prove rape;
    Stoning of adulteresses;
    Lashing of adulterers;
    Amputation of body for criminal offenses;
    Female genital mutilation;
    Capital punishment for those who slander or insult Islam;
    Execution of apostates, or those that leave the religion of Islam;
    Inferior status for all non-Muslims, known as Dhimmitude.

    Concept of Taquiyya: A Muslim may lie or deceive others to advance the cause of Islam.

  5. Sharia incompatible with Islam along with sunnah a
    It should be known that actually sharia law is incompatible with Islam. A fact seemingly not known by many Muslims. According to Muslims the Koran is the unchained word of god written not long after mohammeds death. A common criticism of Christianity from Muslims is that the text was changed as it was written hundreds of years after the death of Christ, however the same can be said of sharia law. Much is sharia law is based on hadiths (expressions of Mohammed outside the Koranic message). Many of these hadiths are unreliable coming from so and so who was told by so and so who was told by so and so etc etc etc. The most famous Hadith deemed unreliable by Muslims themselves is the satanic verses where Mohammed implied he was corrupted by Satan into saying things he didn’t mean. In analyzing sharia law it’s clear it’s in contrast to teachings from the Koran, eg. Death for apostasy – the Koran forbids killing and states there is no compulsion in religion. Also the Koran does not forbid a Muslim woman from marrying a non-Muslim, it only gives explicit permission for a muslim man to marry women from people of the book ie. Jew and Christian. But it should be remembered that Arabian society was and is very patriarchal and Mohammed gave his sermons mainly to men so this could be the reason why women were not explicitly given permission to marry non-Muslims. Going back to hadiths, there is actually one Hadith where Mohammed instructs his messengers not to record anything he says outside the Koranic message but amazingly they did and even recorded him saying that! Another aspect of Islam that is wrong is the elevation of mahammed. You often hear of middle-aged men marrying minors who point to the example of Mohammed for justifying their paedophelia! However, unlike Christianity, Mohammed was not the son of god or free from sin. He was a normal man and even in the Koran it mentions his sins past and future. In conclusion sharia is unislamic as is following examples of a mortal sinning man like Mohammed like they do with sunnah. The idea of using hadiths too is blasphemy according to Islam because it would be like saying the word of god is insufficient and one needs man made intervention too. There is a movement in Islam who follow only the Koran and reject sunnah and hadiths and as sub reject completely sharia, they are aptly name koranists. Islam is a religion of peace but has been corrupted by the greed and perversion of evil men. I believe that with reform, Muslims can be brought back into he fold and reintegrated with the rest of society.

    1. Excellent written, and just like I would have worded it myself!
      A lot of people outside islam view sharia as a part of islam, and that is a problem too. Most people doesn’t know that sharia laws are contradictory to the Quran.
      Thank you for posting! 🙂

      1. Most people don’t know that sharia is contradictory to the Quran/Koran because that claim is false. If you watched all the many videos above or even read the Quranic verses used to justify pretty much all of sharia law, supplemented with the hadiths – most of which are sahih or authorized – you would know that Islamic law or sharia assuredly is not contradictory to the Koran.

        About 2/3rds of Muslims are illiterate, and many do not seem to know what is in the Koran, the hadiths and sunnah. They deny what is justifiable via the Koran because of this illiteracy and ignorance. These claims would be risible to the Islamic scholars who are in the videos and who have been quoted for many centuries as justifying violent jihad and the other elements of sharia.

          1. Thanks, but insulting me won’t change the facts that I’ve stated above. It is not I who claim 2/3rds of Muslims globally are illiterate – it’s this Muslim writer, among others, so please go try your insulting nonsense on him:


            This low level of literacy, evidently, is responsible for the grinding poverty, the backwardness, and the deplorable conditions under which the vast majority of the Muslims live at present.

            The mindless insults, however, do prove something about Islam’s fanatics.

            Islamic insult jihad

            The honour of Islam lies in insulting kufr and kafirs [infidels]. One who respects the kafirs dishonours the Muslims… The real purpose of levying jiziya [infidel tax] on them is to humiliate them to such an extent that they may not be able to dress well and to live in grandeur. They should constantly remain terrified and trembling. It is intended to hold them under contempt and to uphold the honour and might of Islam.”

            -Sufi saint Ahmad Sirhindi (1564-1624), letter No. 163

            “Ubayy b. Ka’b told that he heard God’s messenger say, ‘If anyone proudly asserts his descent in the manner of the pre-Islamic people, tell him to bite his father’s penis, and do not use a euphemism.’ It is transmitted in Sarah [sic] as-sunna.”

            Mishkat Al-Masabih, 2.1021

            “Then Urwah said: ‘Muhammad, tell me: if you extirpate [i.e. exterminate] your tribesmen, have you ever heard of any of the Arabs who destroyed his own race before you? And if the contrary comes to pass, by God I see both prominent people and rabble who are likely to flee and leave you.” Abu Bakr said, “Go suck the clitoris of al-Lat! Would we flee and leave him?'”

            The History of al-Tabari: The Victory of Islam, tr. Michael Fishbein; vol. 8, p. 76

  6. Sharia Law
    Of course Sharia Law is not compatible in the US because in US there are many adulterous, same sex-marriage are allowed, drugs are abundant, many people are drunkard, lots of gambling institution. So, what else you can ask for in the US, all easy going people who likes happiness, fun, sex, drugs, gambling, should not go to Islamic country because you will all be bored and shocked. I am a Muslim and I love the teachings of Islam. It is very hard to become a Muslim, but if you have faith and you love Almighty God it will be very easy for you to pray 5 times a day, avoid sex outside marriage, avoid gambling, avoid drinking alcohol, and as long as you are not doing anything wrong there is no problem, you don’t have to fear anything.

  7. Jesus christ is coming very soon and he will destroy sharia law and all those who are against him GET READY COS HE’S COMING BACK REALLY SOON AND HE WILL HAVE HIS REWARD WITH HIM TO THOSE WHO HAVE REMAINED FAITHFUL TO HIM

  8. Being 76 years old, I’ve come to realize that these religious debates will continue unabated ad infinitum.

    Religion creates about all of the troubles in the world. This also will never cease.

    It appears that all the darkest powers of earth are in control. I don’t see any tribunal ever stopping their activities, either.

  9. Sharia is a rapist having a good laugh with the police over a steaming cup of camel urine while the woman he raped is being gang raped and beaten in prison for being raped.

    1. Thanks.

      May Goddess have mercy on you and on all those who believe in a male-dominant cult of violence and misogyny that includes all the heinous aspects of Islamic law highlighted here.

      I do note that you have nothing to say about all these violent and inhumane aspects of sharia but are more concerned with the person exposing this evil.

  10. History has shown that extreme ideologies can never be satisfied. They trap themselves in a cycle of hatred that ultimately dictates them to attack one another. This is why they defeat themselves over time.

  11. Islam, Muslims, their stupid stinking laws, sharia law. They are all regressive, oppressive, violent and bundled up together with the most sick ideologies in the world. They do everything wrong in the name of doing something right(which is following their religion, Islamism).

    Muslims, Islamist really don’t get along with rest of the world, they really need their S.P.A.C.E. And which is why all of them should be sent to downtown PLUTO.

    For sure there must be some good souls and good muslim too, but they are totally outnumbered by the bad ones.

    For the sake of humanity, and for the continuity of humanity, muslim must be sent across to another planet ASAP.

    As a Human, i am human first than anything else, and if it was in my capacity, or i wish our government had the capacity to push & force just one religion across the world, and that is H.U.M.A.N.I.S.M.

    Why should there be multiple religions, especially, when religion is one topic over which so many lives have been lost, shattered, and or living like slaves.

    Most of the non-sense in the world will come to an end if you simply follow H.U.M.A.N.I.S.M.
    But all the selfish bastards wont allow HUMANISM take over any other religion because or their selfish interest in it.

    Religion is more abused than practiced because most of the control is always in hands of DARK people. Good people seldom are motivated or strong enough to come forward and take control.

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