Shariah law has come to the United States… and the location is extremely surprising. An Islamic tribunal — which uses harsh Shariah law based on the Koran — has just been located in the state of Texas.
Reports indicate that the Islamic tribunal is organized as a tax exempt non-profit organization and is based in Dallas.
The Muslim law experts within the group claim that acceptance of its judgement by members of the Islamic community is “voluntary.”
Critically, however, it was not explained what would happen to a Muslim if he refused to “voluntarily” listen to the tribunal.
According to Breitbart News, members of the tribunal said that they practice “non-binding dispute resolution.”
However, other statements suggest that the Islamic group sees itself more like a court. One of the “judges,” Dr. Taher El-badawi, stated that they are “a tribunal, not arbitration.”
The dictionary definition of “tribunal” is “a court or forum of justice.” Adding credence to the organization’s role as a Muslim court is the fact that its members call themselves “judges,” and not “arbitrators.”
Dr. El-Badawai claimed that the tribunal uses Shariah law to deal with common arguments, such as business disagreements and family disputes.
The Islamic council also handles matters of divorce by Muslims.
According to El-Badawai, “while participation in the tribunal is voluntary, a married couple cannot be considered divorced by the Islamic community unless it is granted by the tribunal.”
In other words, the council might be “voluntary” — but if any Muslim couple wants to separate, they cannot do so unless the Shariah-based tribunal gives permission. They would be considered adulterers and scorned by Islam without it.
There are more troubling aspects to the process, as well. Men have straightforward access to a divorce, while Muslim women in bad relationships cannot speak for themselves, but must go through a complex process and ask a leader to speak on their behalf.
“The husband can request the divorce directly from the tribunal,” El-badawi stated. “The wife must go to an Imam who will request the divorce for her.”
Alarmingly, Islamic leaders within the tribunal admitted that they place Shariah law higher than the laws of the United States and Texas.
El-Badawai insisted that there are not often conflicts between the two sets of laws. However, he later admitted that when push comes to shove, “we follow Shariah law.”
The Islamic Tribunal’s own website provides a hint at just how harsh Shariah laws are.
“Stoning adulterers, cutting of the hands, polyandry and the like (all can be traced in the relevant literature and can be explained in their Islamic legal mentality and rational context in fairness and justice), are mainly a part of Islamic Criminal Law,” states the site.
“In fact criminal law within Islam only makes up a fraction of the Shari’ah. It is unscholarly and unfair to generalize that type of understanding, that is Criminal Law, to compromise [meaning unclear — could have meant “comprise”] the whole of Islamic law if we stick to speaking in technical terms,” it continues.
In other words: Okay, technically we believe in stoning adulterers and chopping off hands — but other than that, Shariah in Texas is great, ya’all!
The simple fact is that Shariah is not compatible with the values of the United States of America.
It is not possible to maintain two sets of laws within America — one that is fair and based on the Constitution, and the other that is oppressive and based on the Koran.
U.S. law and Shariah are like oil and water… they cannot be mixed together.
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune