Posted by Zia Shah
October 06, 2012
It sounds like an agreeable reality that majority of the people do not try to learn about any faith other than their own and tend to accept the information and impression(s) projected by the contemporary media. This is also true that everyone cannot launch a personal study and research about everything that exists around the common everyday life – but it also does not mean to waive off the chances for asking someone knowledgeable, a fact finding question. However, it still does not happen very often.
Since a major part of the media has to rely upon the matters and opinions of common interest in a limited edge of time, so the most popular is what is attended to with a most popular reproach. Though unfortunate – but this is how it is.
For some time in the West now, the expressed views about Sharia Law are spreading a sort of public fear, while the majority of the public audience is not being fed, any reasonable description as what Sharia Law is.
If told, I am sure, it may cause relief, similar to the state of a patient who has learned from the health care provider as to how to manage Diabetes. Uncontrolled Diabetes can be very scary and troublesome, but, if the patient can understand the disease and seeks possible remedies, he can begin to find solutions and start enjoying better quality of life, rather than living in perpetual fear.
Sharia – no matter how it is viewed, is – “A set of defined rules in a religious doctrine about what should be done and what should Not be Done”; with only ONE purpose. to achieve personal and social, “Peaceful Existence” and “Co-existence.” As a foremost example; the Ten Commandments revealed to Holy Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) are “Sharia”. Similarly, the Codes of Life by Holy Prophet Buddha (peace be upon him) are “Sharia”. Having said as above, it stands in absolutely clarity that any Religious Code of Life is a “Sharia”.
It seems so very interesting to note that all the Prophets of their own times, persistently preached for “Peace” and there is no single exception to it; yet there is so much of animosity observed amongst the believers of various religions. A question, for sure arises – whether the religious teaching is wrong or the religious practitioners hold a different interpretation of it?
Taking a step back – none of the religions preaches anything other than “peace” and therefore, the only surviving explanation is a “misinterpretation” or a “misrepresentation”. Based upon any of these two – the Original Religious Doctrine cannot and should not be “Rejected” – as the current image of Sharia Law is.
It is also of interest to realize that most of the state legal systems and jurisprudence – as they are today – have their roots in various Religious Teachings, – “Sharia”. If all above is agreeable, then what is causing the media to present the Sharia Law as something “Horrific” and “Devastating” for peaceful social orders? Of course, the media is “of the people” and has to be “for the people” and having a fair opinion about it, the media is somehow missing “One Point” in educating the public that “Sharia” is nothing to be afraid of (we are already living those laws which have roots in Sharia).
If someone wishes to be more specific and precise about it, then, Islamic Sharia Law is not to be worried about, the point worth a serious concern and consideration, however, is the “Interpretation of Muslim Sharia by Mullahs”. It is neither “Islam” nor the “Islamic Sharia” it is the way a “Mullah Interprets & Practices”. Islam by its very NOMENCLATURE means “Peace” and its Laws (SHARIA) are meant to foster “Peace” – Islamic Sharia therefore SHOULD not be considered a threat to the worldly “Peace” – the threat to “Peace” is the interpretation and activism of Mullahs.
Author – Shahid Pervaiz – a front line Corporate Manager and Consultant. Formerly the founder secretary general of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce, Trade Commissioner of Alpha Group Holland, CEO of Record Export Ltd., President of National Dairies of Pakistan; and a Programs Producer at PTV; besides a series of other business ventures and undertakings.
He likes to study Literature, Arts, Cultures and the Religious Practices (tasawuf); and to comment about the Truth of Islam.