Monday, October 1, 2007

Islamic Law and the United States Constitution

by Aaron Kopitz from The Compass

Dawud Walid who is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) spoke in the Cisler Center at Lake Superior State University. He gave a presentation on the similarities and differences between Islamic Law also known as Sharia and that of the U.S. Constitution ... He first states that Muslims believe that one significant difference between the Constitution and that of Sharia is that the Constitution was written by men where as the Qu’ran was written divinely through revelations and inspirations from Allah. He continues to explain that unlike the Constitution to be a jury member in an Islamic case one must be fluent in Arabic to interpret and decipher texts and verses of the Qu’ran to help develop their meaning and application in a case. The presentation of Islamic Law was well received. Some evening classes attended the event to help further their understanding of Islamic culture and society.

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