Friday, October 01, 2010

Basic Shariah Defintion

The Islamic sacred law known as the shariah is often misunderstood by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
A reasonable definition points towards restoring the balance of the human being and world.
Sins, both major and minor, create an imbalance in the state of a human being.
The protection of life and the human being is the basis on which the shariah law is built.
The shariah aims to protect and govern the following interests in human beings:
  1. Protection of the life of human beings (which is why murder is not permissible).
  2. Protection of the property of human beings (which is why stealing is not permissible).
  3. Protection of the honour and reputation of human beings (which is why false accusations without proof is not permissible).
  4. Protection of the intellect and state of mind in a human being (which is why intoxicants such as alcohol and drugs is not permissible).
  5. Protection of the deen (religion / way of life) of a human being (which is why religious tolerance is required).
  6. Protection of the offspring of human beings (which is why marriage is propagated contrary to adultery and fornication).

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