Category archives for Law and Religion

Foundation of our morality: Islamic and Judeo-Christian tradition!

If we examine our morality in its extreme situations we may realise that clearly there are religious implications and our morality came from God and perhaps cannot fully exist without God. Our morality is rooted in the prophets of God who revealed to us the absolute standards of our Creator against murder and incest for […]

Shariah Law Concept of Enforcement

Source / Courtesy: Muslim Sunrise, Fall 2011 By Dr. Lutf ur Rehman The idea of implementation of Shariah Law through the legislative process of a country is not new. Muslim majority countries have faced this debate for many decades. The driving force behind such ideas is usually politico-religious parties who find it very hard to […]

Islamic Law in Western Nations

Source / Courtesy: Muslim Sunrise By Azhar Ahmed Hussain: a Juris Doctor candidate at Hofstra University School of Law. Islamic law and western countries have a unique relationship that spans nearly 900 years, a relationship that, due to misconception and manufactured hysteria, is undergoing an era of tension.  Many of Islam’s most fervent opponents often […]

Prof John Makdisi traces the Islamic Origins of the Common Law

This is work under progress.  But, you could read his magnum opus by ordering the North Carlina Law Review article from a Library or by ordering his books from Amazon: Makdisi, John A. (June 1999), “The Islamic Origins of the Common Law”, North Carolina Law Review 77 (5): 1635–1739 Professor John A. Makdisi concludes in […]

The Root Cause of Terrorism: An Unholy Thought

This article examines the root cause, regardless of the religious or the political affiliation of the perpetrator. Contents THE GOLDEN RULE EPILOGUE There is an often quoted saying, “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; […]

Spanish Inquisitions

This is a Wikipedia article and reproduced here to ensure longevity of its contents The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition (Spanish: Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición), commonly known as the Spanish Inquisition (Inquisición española), was a tribunal established in 1480 by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I […]

Celibacy or Islamic teaching of Chastity: that is the question?

The Holy Quran states: “Then We caused Our Messengers to follow in their footsteps; and We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow them, and We gave him the Gospel. And We placed in the hearts of those who accepted him compassion and mercy. But monasticism which they invented for themselves — We did not […]

Religion, Politics and Human Rights

Those who do not understand the paramount necessity of the separation of Mosque-Church and State, have not read their Bible: Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the LORD sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD.  This is what the LORD Almighty says: […]

Separation of Mosque-Church and State‏

Source: September 2011 Alislam-eGazette This post is part of the Muslim Times’ campaign to demystify Sharia Law and diffuse the propaganda of the fundamentalist Christians and power grabbing politics of the Muslim fundamentalists, to liberate the free thinking moderates! Is Islam for Germany and Separation of Mosque-Church and State? Source / Courtesy: The Review of ReligionsOn […]

CONCUBINES AND THE HOLY QURAN

This article, by Dr. Khaula Rehman, in an earlier form was published in spring 2010, volume of Muslim Sunrise. There is no truth to the claim that Islam contributed to concubinage and slavery. These institutes existed long before the advent of Islam. The practice was wide spread in Roman and Persian empires, in Greece and […]

Clearing up Shariah misconceptions

Source / Courtesy: The Barrie Examiner By Masood Nasir, Barrie, Canada (Re: ‘Shariah law goes against our law’ in the Nov. 10 edition of the Examiner and ‘Shariah law all about control’ in the Dec. 1 edition of the Examiner) I hope you will give me a chance of free dialogue that we so much […]

Polygamy in the Holy Qur’an

King Henry the VIII and his six wives This is an article by Dr. Khaula Rehman published in spring 2010 volume of Muslim Sunrise. A picture is worth a thousand words, let me introduce King Henry the VIII to soften the righteous indignation of those who have only been told about the permission of polygamy in Islam […]

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Islam!

This article by me was originally published in Winter, 2009 volume of Muslim Sunrise: This examines the philosophical and historical basis of human rights. With the election of a son of a Kenyan man to the highest office in USA we see gradual perfection of the vision expressed in the words, “We hold these truths […]

Karen Armstrong: Let's revive the Golden Rule

The Golden Rule in its prohibitive form was a common principle in ancient Greek philosophy. Examples of the general concept include: “Do not do to your neighbor what you would take ill from him.” – Pittacus[13] (c. 640–568 BCE) “Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.” – Thales[14] “What you do not want to […]

The Muslim Times presenting Journey of Man: A Genetic Odessy

By Spencer Wells DNA is more than 99% similar among all humans, so all claims for discrimination, like caste system, polygenetic theory of human origin or some people being the ‘chosen people’ are only self indulgence. There is very little difference in the intellectual abilities of different races or families. The Journey of Man is a documentary […]

Mississippi amendment on 'personhood' divides Christians

Source / Courtesy: CNN Columbus, Mississippi (CNN) — In the Carpenter home, every meal begins with a prayer. Robin and his wife, Emily, are devout Christians. But they part ways with many other Christians over a measure that would expand the legal definition of human life. Their son, Luke, now 4 years old, was born […]

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do

The economic case for polygamy. By Tim Harford Source / Courtesy:  Slate After more than a decade of war between separatist rebels and the Russian army, there are not many marriageable men to go around in Chechnya. So, acting Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov, probably not a feminist, proposed a radical step: “Each man who can provide […]

California governor signs law preventing male circumcision ban

(CNN) — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sunday a bill that prevents local governments from banning the practice of male circumcision. The legislation comes in response to an effort this summer by a San Francisco Bay Area advocacy group opposed to the practice to get a measure proposing a citywide ban added to […]

Iran’s death penalty for Christian pastor violates treaties, and the Holy Quran

By Harris Zafar Credit / Source: In Iran, Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces the death penalty for the “crime” of leaving Islam as a teenager and converting to Christianity. A translated Iranian Supreme Court brief from 2010 states that 32-year-old Nadarkhani “is convicted of turning his back on Islam, the greatest religion, the prophesy of Mohammad at the […]

Watch out for the next hatemonger or copy cat Emperor Nero!

Courtesy / Source: Muslim Sunrise A lot of world history has been created by copy cat Neroes, who have established themselves by being defenders against an external, partial or non-existent threat, appealing to the sentiments of the masses of fear and prejudice. In this century Islamophobia can certainly serve as an explosive fuel for copy cat Neroes. […]

Islam faces the greatest danger from Islamist extremists

By Qasim Yousafzai For CentralAsiaOnline.com Shehrbano Taseer, daughter of slain Pakistani Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, spoke at a panel discussion at UN European headquarters in Geneva WASHINGTON, D.C. – Islam’s greatest threat comes from those who claim to be serving it – extremist militants, Shehrbano Taseer, daughter of slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, said June 27. Shehrbano said that militants, […]

Pat Robertson trapped by insisting monogamy: ‘Alzheimer’s makes divorce OK’

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson told his “700 Club” viewers that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s is justifiable because the disease is “a kind of death.” During the portion of the show where the one-time Republican presidential candidate takes questions from viewers, Robertson was asked what advice a man should give to a friend who began seeing […]

Alislam-eGazette publishes another landmark volume about ‘Separation of Mosque-Church and State‏’

Is Islam for Germany and Separation of Mosque-Church and State? Source / Courtesy: The Review of Religions On the 2nd Day of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Germany’s Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) on 25th June 2011, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba), Khalifatul Masih V, Fifth Successor to the Promised Messiah(as) and Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, delivered an address […]