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Differences in marital law provide an opportunity for unscrupulous men. 

SHIRIN MUSA draws on bitter experience to inspire her work to help women caught between legal and cultural worlds. Educated and long-resident in the Netherlands, she was unhappily married to a man from her native Pakistan. In 2009 a Dutch judge put a legal end to their union but her husband would not grant an Islamic divorce. Although she lived in secular Europe, this refusal mattered. If she remarried, she would be considered an adulteress under Islamic law and risk punishment if she returned to Pakistan.

So Ms Musa pursued her spouse through the Dutch courts. In 2010 she received a landmark judgment: he would be fined €250 ($295) a day, up to a maximum of €10,000 ($11,795), as long as he refused to cooperate. This had the desired effect. She then persuaded the Dutch parliament to make holding women in such “marital captivity” a criminal offence, in theory punishable by jail.

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  • Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman says it is sinful for a man to look at another woman
  • Australian National Imams Council president says it can lead to adulterous sex 
  • Nation's most powerful English-speaking Sunni leader likened fidelity to sheep 

Does Islam prescribe the death penalty for consensual sex? The religion that allows a man to keep sex slaves also requires the execution of consenting adults.

There were several times in Muhammad's life when he ordered that people be put to death when they had committed no crime other than "illegal" sexual intercourse.  The only unmarried sex explicitly allowed in Islam is between a Muslim man and his slaves.

Quran: Stoning is not prescribed in the current version of the Quran.  According to Muhammad's companions, a verse that did exist at one time ordering that adulterers be stoned, but it was forgotten. (See Additional Notes).


According to Umar (Muhammad's companion and Islam's second caliph) "[Allah] sent down the Book (Quran) upon him (Muhamad), and the verse of stoning was included in what was sent down to him."  Umar went on to insist that "Stoning is a duty laid down in Allah's Book for married men and women who commit adultery when proof is established, or it there is pregnancy, or a confession." (Muslim 17:4194)
In other words, there was a verse in the original Quran narration that prescribed the stoning of adulterers, but it was left out of the compiling process in the years following Muhammad's death.  Umar's insistence on the stoning verse is recorded in other volumes that comprise the most reliable collection of Hadith, including Sahih Bukhari 8:817:  "I am afraid that after a long time has passed, somebody will say, 'By Allah, we do not find the Verse of the Rajam in Allah's Book,' and thus they will go astray by leaving an obligation which Allah has revealed. And the punishment of the Rajam is to be inflicted to any married person (male & female), who commits illegal sexual intercourse."  (Rajam refers to stoning).
According to a strong tradition (found in Sunan ibn Majah, Book of Nikah, Hadith no. 1934), Aisha also recalled the verse that prescribed the death penalty for adulterers.  It was written on a palm leaf that was in her home following Muhammad's death.  Unfortunately, a goat or sheep wandered into the house and ate the leaf (along with others) before it could be collected and merged into the hodgepodge of writings that became the Quran.



Since Sharia is the compilation of the laws of Islam, and is looked upon as the final word for every single aspect of life, what does it say about homosexuality, the status of women, and the rights of non-Muslims living in Islamic countries? I am quoting from the best English translation of Sharia law in print today: The book is Reliance of the Traveller by noted Islamic scholar Ahmed ibn Naqib al-Misri.

Some may wish to compare Sharia with the Law of Moses in the Old Testament and claim that Christians wish to enforce the same kind of code today.  However, the New Testament does not insist upon the wholesale enforcement of the civil and religious aspects of the Law of Moses, as can be seen in the operations of the emerging Christian Church in the Book of Acts.  I will deal with the purpose and fulfillment of the Law of Moses in Christian theology in an upcoming article.

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Now Hardcash has made a follow-up programme for Channel 4's Dispatches, to be broadcast next month, in which a female reporter attends prayer meetings at an important British mosque which claims to be dedicated to moderation and dialogue with other faiths.

The programme-makers, who are not naming the mosque at this stage, say she secretly filmed shocking sermons given to the women-only congregation in which female preachers recited extremist and intolerant beliefs.

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We are constantly assured in the West that Sharia applies only to Muslims, not to non-Muslims. Reality, as is so often the case in such matters, is different.

“CRIME OF PASSION Couple are imprisoned in Abu Dhabi for sex before marriage after doctors discovered bride-to-be was PREGNANT,” by Brittany Vonow, The Sun, March 9, 2017:

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