In the Name of God, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful
Quite a few Muslims claim that establishing an “Islamic State” must be the goal of every Muslim on earth, wherever they live. In this “Islamic State,” God’s Law will be established, and true justice will finally be achieved on this earth. Or so the speeches and emails about the “Islamic State” go. Yet, if this “Islamic State” is anything like that described by a Muslim protester at the Friday prayer led by Dr. Amina Wadud, then you can definitely count me out.
According to a report by Knight-Ridder, “a young American man” said this: “These people do not represent Islam. If this was an Islamic state, this woman would be hanged, she would be killed, she would be diced into pieces.” Gulp. And what was this woman doing? Leading a Friday Prayer: she was worshipping and glorifying the Lord God. Now, it very well may be that she did not have the religious authority to do so, but that is not the point. Hanged? Killed? Diced to pieces?! In an “Islamic State”?
Well, if this “Islamic State” ever gets established, don’t expect this Muslim to be coming anytime soon. Don’t expect this Muslim to apply for citizenship in this “Islamic State.” Don’t expect this Muslim to move his family into that piece of dar al Islam. What kind of state would a place like that be? I don’t know, and I would never live there to find out. Yet, I would venture to guess that if the “Islamic State” that this brother describes would ever come into existence, it would be a horrible place; a place that I would hardly characterize as “Islamic.”
The Lord God said to the angels that He would establish a representative on earth – the human being – so that corruption will end and justice reigns supreme. The problem has been, however, that the human being has frequently, frequently, frequently, missed the mark. Time and again, the human being has created horror and clothed it in Islamic clothing. Take the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan: was that an “Islamic State”? Yes, it was called the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” But was it truly “Islamic”? Barring women from education: is that Islamic? Beating people for laughing: is that Islamic? Harboring Al Qaeda: is that Islamic?
In Nigeria, Amina Lawal was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery – according to “Islamic law” – while the father of the child was let go for “lack of evidence.” Is this Islamic? In Pakistan, six men gang-raped Mukhtaran Bibi, and an “Islamic shari’a court” overturned the convictions of five, and commuted the sentence of one, who pleaded guilty. Is this Islamic?
In March 2002, a fire erupted in a all-girls school in Mecca, which killed 15. The March 14, 2002 edition of the Saudi newspaper Arab News cited a report on the rescue effort by Mecca’s Civil Defense Department which noted that religious police “intentionally obstructed the efforts to evacuate the girls. This resulted in the increased number of casualties.”
Why did they do this? Apparently because the girls were not properly dressed.
Arab News quoted Civil Defense officers as saying, “Whenever the girls got out through the main gate, [religious police] forced them to return via another.” Officers also said that they saw three people beating girls who had evacuated the school without proper dress. Is this Islamic?
The answer to every single question is a resounding “NO!!!” Far too frequently, Muslims misinterpret, misunderstand, and misapply the rules of Islam and call it “Islamic.” And you know what happens? Innocent people get hurt, and this is definitely not Islamic.
Perhaps the “young American man” was misquoted by Knight-Ridder. Lord knows the media has been known to do that from time to time. Yet, if he truly said that; if he truly meant that, in this “Islamic State” of his, Dr. Wadud would be “hanged, she would be killed, she would be diced into pieces,” then I would say, “No thanks. Count me out.”