Interview with Abul Kasem, ex-Muslim, author of hundreds of articles and several books on Islam including, Women in Islam. He was a contributor to the book Leaving Islam – Apostates Speak Out as well as to Beyond Jihad: Critical Views From Inside Islam. In this Frontpage interview he was asked: What is the Sharia/Islamic law and how does it dictate almost every single aspect of human life ?
Kasem: To be sure, we must understand why the Sharia (i.e. Islamic Law) is the life-force of Islam, and why Islam must impose (by force, if needed) the Sharia to the entire world. Once we grasp this tenet, then we can understand how and why myriad specific Sharia laws affect lives.
The basic tenets of the Sharia emanate with the assumption that Allah has chosen the believers (i.e. the Muslims) to rule the world. It might sound fascistic, but make no mistake: the Qur’an is absolutely determined to hand over the rule of the world to the followers of Islam: more specifically, to the Bedouin Arabs. Because Islam = Arabism. In the Qur’an (3:104, 3:110) Allah says that Arabs are the best of people ever created.
In verse 2:143 Allah says He changed the Qiblah (direction of prayer) to distinguish between Muslims and non-Muslims. Maulana Maududi, the ideological guru of the current wave of Islamists explains this verse in this manner: This constitutes the proclamation appointing the religious community (the ‘ummah’) consisting of the followers of Muhammad to religious guidance and leadership of the world. In the second place there is an allusion to the change in the direction of Prayer from Jerusalem to the Ka’bah. People of limited intelligence could see no significance in this change of direction although the substitution of Jerusalem by the Ka’bah amounted to the removal of the Children of Israel from their position of world leadership and their replacement by the ummah of Muhammad (peace be on him).
Maududi, in connection with verse 2:145, even writes: To deviate from that knowledge to please others is tantamount to offending the prophetic mission and is inconsistent with the gratitude that the Prophet ought to feel for having been favored with the position of world leadership.
In the above sentences Maududi clearly states that the Muslims are the chosen people of Allah to rule the world. This ruling must be done with Allah’s laws, which is the Sharia.
In verse 2:150 Allah says that by instructing them to turn their faces to the sacred mosque (Kaba) He has bestowed a great favor to the Muslims. Maududi explains this favor in this manner: The ‘favour’ here refers to the position of world leadership and guidance from which God removed the children of Israel and which was then conferred upon this ummah.
The highest reward that can be granted to a people in recognition of its righteousness is its designation, by God’s command, to the leadership of the world in order to guide the entire human race to godliness and righteousness. What is said here, therefore, is that the command to change the qiblah was a sign of installation of the Muslims to leadership. Hence, the Muslims should follow the directives of God if for no other reason than that ingratitude and disobedience might deprive them of the honour that had been bestowed upon them.
Admin: We believe the above c;early indicates the political nature of Islam.
See also http://www.aina.org/news/20080402155722.htm