Sharia law has become a very popular discussion in media and academic circles. Somehow many journalists are trying to ignore any problems with Sharia and look to only focus on what they label “Islamophobia.” This past few days there have been countless stories on people wanting to burn the Koran and the Washington Post even called “the fear of Islam” the new McCarthyism and inferred that Sharia law is a false threat. The stories make you wonder: what’s so bad about Sharia anyway?
Let me offer a recent example of the terror of Sharia law. I’m sure you have not heard about it, because I’ve only been able to find two new agencies (both English language papers out of UAE) that have covered the incident (Gulf News and The National).
A few days ago a court case came to the Sharia law court in Dubai. It seems back in April of this year, a 14 year old Brazilian girl was living in Abu Dhabi with her parents. While her parents went away to Dubai, a Pakistani-born bus driver in his mid to late twenties came to the young girl’s flat and had sex with her. The girl initially said that the man raped her by force. Her father called police and brought charges against the man.
The accused rapist claimed that he was seduced by the 14 year old and therefore it was consensual sex. When all was said and done both people were arrested. You heard me correctly, the 14 year old girl was arrested after reporting rape. Why? Because the courts said the girl must have welcomed the bus driver in to her apartment, so she wasn’t raped by force. According to Sharia law, anyone who has reached puberty must be tried as an adult. Therefore the young teen is an adult and fornication is a crime punishable by close to 100 lashes to the back or even being stoned to death.
Once the Brazilian parents learned their daughter was being arrested they changed their story. They are now arguing that the event never happened. They’d understandably rather have the man not facing rape charges, then having their innocent 14-year old daughter being whipped or even stoned to death.
So far the courts seem focused on proving that the teen was having consensual sex with the bus driver. They say they have texts from the girl where she is inviting the adult male to her apartment.
“According to Sharia law, the girl is considered to be an adult since she has reached the age of puberty. As she contacted the accused on her own, the incident is considered to be consensual on her part”. – Chief Justice Abdul Bashir
The crime of fornication is very serious in Sharia law. It is called Zina. Some hadiths require a woman or young girl committing Zina be whipped 80 times, while more strict holders to the law say Mohammad called for stoning such women.
“Acquire it from me, acquire it from me. The Almighty ALLAH has revealed the directive about women who habitually commit fornication about which He had promised to reveal. If such criminals are unmarried or are the unsophisticated youth, then their punishment is a eighty stripes and exile and if they are widowers or are married, then their punishment is a hundred stripes and death by stoning.” — Sahih Muslim, 1690
There is no doubt that if the two had sex then she was raped. In America we call it statutory rape and the underage person is always the victim. In Sharia law the man can still be charged for statutory rape but the real brunt of the punishment falls on the victim if she can’t prove she was forcibly raped.
No matter what the media tries to say, we must hold a light to cases like this one. People need to know how Sharia law makes criminals out of victims – especially when those victims are women and children. It is foolish and dangerous for so many to claim that there is nothing wrong with this barbaric legal system.
Paul Cooper is a husband and father above all else. With a wife and 2 daughters he could use a dog, but sadly he only owns a cat – a female cat no less. Paul is also a pastor, blogger, and business owner. Find him on Twitter.