Thursday, November 11, 2010

CAIR jams its foot in the door: Claims banning Shari'a law would nullify [US] Muslim last will and testament


We can talk about the stone throwing later ~ but today we talk about the wills. Who wants to say something bad about a dead guy. So, all our sympathies go to CAIR director's will and concerns about whether a Christian [lawyer or judge] could manage to divide is estate as he has specified, according to the exact instructions laid down in the Koran [don't want to mess it up here]. Tissues down... For this reason the whole state has to have Shari'a law?

I'm sure a few Muslims have died before in that state and left a will with Islamic tones.


CAIR's founder has said he wants the Koran to be the highest authority in the land ~ but if one state throws out Shari'a law, that put a wrench in their plans for these Islamic States of America. So they will use a will or anything, to stop the outlawing of use of Shari'a. In order to control America ~ they would need to implement their laws. The next phase ~ is how these laws are beneficial in Muslims' daily lives and how they are not like, those in Iran or Saudi Arabia ~ which you should just yawn through ~ when a guy throws his line to catch a fish, he doesn't tell the fish ~ I'm going to slice you up and have you for dinner, in fact he puts a lure on it. How can CAIR honestly tell you that under Islamic law you won't have the same rights as him, he and all the other covered ones ~ will have a superior status ~ and unless you covert ~ life will be made intentionally difficult as an inferior member of society.

They can't not lie to us!

How can CAIR explain this to you, when the stonings are only the beginning of the law's crimes ~ against humanity. As Christians go around and spread the word ~ Muslims try to build Islamic states ~ with Christianity you are free to come and go [many who leave Christianity to join Islam, return, often with a better understanding] ~ but with Islam under the dictates of Shari'a [which I think people are better than], you are locked in and forced to remain Muslim or else. This rigid body of laws was going to fail one day, but we must help it along.



A federal judge blocked an Oklahoma amendment on Monday that would prevent state courts from relying on Sharia law. He issued the restraining order after the director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, Muneer Awad, filed a suit claiming the measure was unconstitutional and that it would effectively nullify his Islamic will. What, exactly, makes a will Islamic?

Incredibly specific inheritance laws. Verses 11, 12, and 176 in the fourth book of the Quran lay out exactly how a Muslim should dispose of his wealth after death. Two-thirds must be distributed as follows, when applicable: One-sixth should go to your father; one-sixth to your mother; half or one-quarter to your husband, depending on whether you've had children; and one-quarter or one-eighth to your wife, also depending on whether you've had children. As for those hypothetical kids, the fractions vary, but boys get two shares for every one share that girls get.

Sunnis and Shi'ites disagree on how to allocate the remaining one-third. Sunnis can give it to whomever they choose, so long as the recipient isn't also getting a piece of the initial two-thirds. Shi'ites do not have the same prohibition; they can bequeath all or part of the last third to a favored relative or, if they want to even out the 2-to-1 gender differential mentioned above, bequeath it to their daughters.

Depending on the number of relatives, the calculations that go into determining these fractions can become quite complicated. Back in the 800s, a Persian mathematician named al-Khwarizmi wrote a book called Kitad al-jabr wal-muqabalah that laid out the principles of algebra. One of the problems al-Khwarizmi's book addressed was the calculation of inheritance under Islam. These days, Muslim lawyers drawing up wills for their clients will often use software programs to determine the various shares.

In a Muslim society in which Sharia law also functions as civil law, it is not necessary to have a will, since Islamic inheritance laws are the default. In places outside of the Islamic world where wills are necessary (like the United States), Muslims sometimes include a preamble declaring their faith in Allah—but this is not essential; the fact of having an Islamic will is itself a declaration of faith. Islamic wills also frequently include specific instructions on funeral and burial rites, as dictated by the Quran. But since Muslim custom calls for burial as soon as possible after death, those questions are often moot by the time the will is read.

As for why these laws were developed in the first place, the Quran states: "[Y]our parents and your children—you know not which of them is more deserving of benefit from you." That's been interpreted to mean that in Islam, only God can make distinctions between one relative and another. So it's safer to follow pre-determined inheritance shares. From a social and economic perspective, the emphasis on distributing more wealth to sons serves the purposes of a patriarchal society, in which men are the breadwinners and sons bear the responsibility of taking care of their aging parents.

Slate

1 comment:

Patmos Pete said...

The third message from heaven...
If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.