From her home in the Indian city of Bhopal, Safia Akhtar listens in on her neighbors’ most intimate dramas.
As often as three times a week, women pass through her door to complain of deceitful husbands, evil in-laws, abandonment, and abuse. Akhtar, a grandmother, hears from both sides of each dispute before dispensing justice, according to the teachings of the Quran.
She is a female Sharia judge.
There is a lot of fuss in the West about implementation of what they call ‘Sharia Law’. Generally, people fail to realise that many principles of Sharia have already been incorporated in the British law and others are being incorporated for the benefit of the general public. Law of Tort is one example of this. We look at the Islamic principles of Tort in this khutba.
The latest US-based PEW Research Center survey, released 11 days before Pakistan goes for elections, shows that 84% of Pakistani Muslims favour Islamic sharia as their official law.
While none of the leading political parties with the only exception of Imran Khan’s PTI promises to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state, the 30th April Pew Research Center survey of Muslims around the globe finds that most adherents (including Pakistanis) of the world’s second-largest religion are deeply committed to their faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives but also their societies and politics.
As against the recent hints of PPP, MQM and the ANP to make Pakistan a secular state, the PEW survey concludes, “Support for making Sharia the official law of the land tends to be higher in countries like Pakistan (84%) and Morocco (83%) where the constitution or basic laws favour Islam to other religions.”
Pew research says: 84% of Pakistani Muslims favour Islamic sharia as their official law.
And yet we know that a high proportion of people from Pakistan do not reflect in their personal behaviour the values enshrined in the Sharia. Sharia says speak the truth, be honest, feed the poor, be kind to those in need, respect minorities and the list goes on. The argument appears to be that people of Pakistan will not act on what is dictated by and written in Allah’s book but if an assembly of human beings, with all their weaknesses and frailties, writes in their constitution, then they will follow it.
The good news coming out of this research is that it suggests that three quarters of Muslims in Pakistan believe in freedom of religion for others.
As with any survey we always take these things with ‘a pinch of salt’, but the full article makes for an interesting and sometimes depressing reading.
Original Source: TheNews
National sharia court, which hears cases under the country’s Islamic legislation, on Monday appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history.
Ashraf Jehan, 56, who was serving as an additional judge at the high court in southern Sindh province, made history as she took the oath in Karachi.
Slowly but surely progress is being made in removing discrimination faced by women in Pakistan. A surprising development is the appointment of the first woman judge to the shariat court in Pakistan. This combined with the comment of the chief judge of the court that there is no discrimination in Islam against women shows progress being made.
Original Source: Brecorder
A new look at implementation of the Islamic Sharia by Dr Ikram Jahangiri.