- Fox News is in for a very rough 2008 @ Media Matters
- The War Against Tolerance @ Common Dreams
- In addition to Amir Butler’s article on “Sharia Courts and the Freedom of Contracts“, there is more (by the way, these situations clearly isolate the “Muslims” who do not represent the mainstream majority, and in some cases actively work against Islamic causes- like Tarek Fatah who railed against the courts in Canada, and those who are lining up against them in England now, such as Ali Eteraz):
- Civil & Religious Law in England (full text of Dr. William’s excellent speech– ignore the soundbytes and opinions, read the full thing) @ BBC.
- Also read JDsg’s thoughts on Shariah, esp. as elements of it are being put into play in Singapore
- Ayesha Khan’s sensible article @ Guardian. She was part of the Channel 4 documentary on divorce Shariah style, and knows what she is talking about.
- Yusuf Smith’s commentary on the bigotry unleashed and the presumptions of the Islamophobe Melanie Phillips
- Sharia Law – Light the Blue Touch Paper and Run! @UmmahPulse
- [Update 2] Jinnzaman’s thorough analysis & refutation of the anti-Shariaties here: Live Free or Shari’ah Hard
- [Update 3] Austrolabe brings Shariah home to America: Et tu, Minnesota?
[Update 1] P.S. I have been informed of a claim by a “Muslim” blogger that most British British Muslims consider hudud laws as being inhumane, and that most Muslims don’t support the Shariah courts. I believe that whoever is propagating this opinion is not only a liar (because there is no statistical evidence offered or even available to back such a strange view), but also a traitor in many ways. I also find it incredulous that a person who calls himself Muslim would refer to Islamic laws as inhumane, and actively support the bigotry in opposing only an apportioned application of these laws (i.e. in family matters). From what little I know, I have no doubt that such a statement (calling hudood laws inhumane) is kufr, but I leave it to the scholars to determine whether such statements remove a person out of the fold of Islam (remember an act of kufr does not lead a person to being a kafir, so this is not equivalent to takfir).
I also wonder why the “traditionalist” core has so far remained silent (with few exceptions) to such direct attacks on the values and traditions that we hold so dear, and not actively refuted this perverted ideology. I hope that this will change because these wide-reaching attacks on “conservative Islam”, what is really mainstream Islam, may affect lay Muslims who can’t see straight through the facade of ultra-progressivism that such writers represent (despite any claims of separation from the movement). Most people have recognized Tarek Fatah, Irshad Manji and other charlattans for what they are… I hope most of us will also wake up and smell the coffee with regard to other self-proclaimed online “mujtahids”.