Sharia Law and Blasphemy
In Islamic Sharia law, blasphemy is punishable by death, but blasphemy is not limited to saying something against Allah. It also includes saying anything negative against Muhammad, the Quran, suggesting that the Sharia law is defective, or “refusing the decision of the ijma, which is the consensus of the Islamic community or umma” (Serge Trifkovic,The Sword of the Prophet, p. 106). The Sharia blasphemy law has often been used to target someone with a false accusation. This has happened frequently in Pakistan and other places in recent years. And Sharia often becomes mob rule, when Muslims take “justice” into their own hands and injure or kill those who are accused of blasphemy. No evidence is needed. In November 2014, a Christian husband and wife in Pakistan were burned alive by a mob on allegations of blasphemy. They were thrown into the brick kiln at the factory where they worked. The woman was pregnant with the couple’s fifth child. “As the couple was burning and crying their innocence, the mob was shouting ‘Allah hu Akbar,’ ‘death to blasphemer,’ ‘kill infidel Christians’” (“Christian Couple Burnt Alive,” Pakistan Christian Post, Nov. 7, 2014). Some other Sharia laws are as follows: A Muslim who leaves Islam is subject to death. A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is subject to death. A non-Muslim who marries a Muslim woman is subject to death. Theft is punishable by the amputation of the right hand. Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman. A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist(s).
(Friday Church News Notes, November 13, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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