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Female Genital Mutilation- Excavating Sharia Part 2

As a faith community, we are facing a serious crisis in human (and God given) rights violations. Many of those “in charge” are and have been misusing religious texts to cripple more than half of our population- women.

We are a global community and these issues have infected our lives on a global scale. Because of these issues, Saadia Haq and I are “Excavating Shariah” in an attempt to chip away at the fiqh interpretations (human understanding of the Shariah (Islamic) law) that have either intentionally or unintentionally ignored the female experience, oppressed women, or co-opted women’s religious dedication.

Female Genital Mutilation Part 2

Part 2 Written by Theresa Corbin

We take it as a serious matter that Islam has been wrongfully used as a weapon against women. We feel we have the right and an obligation, as Muslims, to speak on these issues. Currently we are “excavating” the affront that is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

What is FGM

“Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons” -The World Health Organization (WHO)

There are four types of FMG that increase in horrific nature from the removal of the clitoris to the removal of all external genital tissue and creation of a seal over the vagina, leaving only a small hole for urine and menstrual blood to escape.

It’s hard to read, I know. But imagine having to live through it. A few years ago, I read about the procedures in depth and I was beyond shocked by the brutality and severe physical and emotional scars and complication the victims are left with. Read more here if you want to know more about this brutal reality.

History of FGM

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What is Sharia Law?

What is Sharia Law?

Written by Theresa Corbin

 

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20 Things you should know about Sharia:

  1. Sharia is not a bad word.
  2. Islam is Sharia. Sharia is Islam.
  3. Sharia forbids forcing  people to follow Sharia.
  4. Sharia forbids suicide especially suicide bombing because …
  5. Sharia forbids murder especially of innocent people.
  6. Sharia demands that you look out for your neighbor.
  7. Sharia forbids harming living things without need such as food.
  8. 70% of Sharia, deals with rituals of worship. It tells me, and anyone who chooses Islam, how I to pray, fast, give charity, and make the pilgrimage to Mecca.
  9. Another 25% of the sharia deals with diet, personal finance, and family law.
  10. The other 5 % of sharia deals with establishing good manners and punishments for grievous crimes.
  11. No where in Sharia are women not allowed to drive, hold jobs, or have agency in their own lives.
  12. No where in Sharia does Sharia claim that it should over throw the U.S. Gov. For more info, read my Sharia Creep post here.
  13. Sharia even allows those non-Muslims living in a Sharia governed state to live and conduct their lives by their own religious laws.
  14. Sharia demands those who follow it to be moderates.
  15. Sharia is not static. Sharia is fluid and changes in its application depending on time, place, and circumstance.
  16. Just because a country calls it’s laws “Sharia based”, doesn’t make it so.
  17. Some leaders have use Sharia as an excuse to manipulate the masses and usurp power. Can you think of any leaders like this?
  18. No “Shariah compliant” country actually exists. In fact, some Western countries exemplify Sharia more than so called Muslim countries because of their human rights and freedoms of religion and expression.
  19. Shariah only allows fighting or going to war when it is in self defense.
  20. The death penalty for adultery in Sharia is unenforceable without a confession because the method of proving adultery is impossible. It is a preventative measure instead of a strict, brutal law.

Take the Shariah Law Quiz

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Take the Buzzfeed quiz to see if you will be deported with me for following Sharia. Yes, even you non-Muslims might get the boot! Let us know in the comments if you are getting deported if the Newt gets his way. 

 

 

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Myth v. Reality: Excavating Shariah – Law of Evidence Part II

Law of Evidence

Written by Saadia Haq in collaboration with Theresa Corbin

Part I here

August 1947, Pakistan was created for its citizens both men and women as a state where they would live free of discrimination and deprivation, as stated by the newly born constitution proposals of Article 25 and 34.  Its founding leaders strove for equality for both men and women in all spheres, but soon after this nation fell into the hands of corrupt politicians and dictators obsessed with a harsh view of Islam.

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Myth v. Reality: Excavating Shariah – Law of Evidence Part I

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Written by Theresa Corbin in collaboration with Saadia Haq

Part II here

As a faith community, we are facing a serious crisis in human (and God given) rights violations. Many of those “in charge” are and have been misusing religious texts to cripple more than half of our population- women.

We are a global community and these issues have infected our lives on a global scale. Because of these issues, Saadia Haq and I are “Excavating Shariah” in an attempt to chip away at the fiqh interpretations (human understanding of the Shariah (Islamic) law) that have either intentionally or unintentionally ignored the female experience, oppressed women, or co-opted women’s religious dedication.

Read more