The above is the title of a Channel 4 documentary screened on the 3rd February. The focus of the documentary was the Sharia board in London and how they provided counselling and fatwas to the local community.
The documentary was quick to point out that many Muslims in Britain are caught between their culture and their religion and the contradictions between the two.
It also made clear what a fatwa was and that they are not binding upon a Muslim, one can chose to follow the fatwa or discard it.
As the above issues are frequently misinterpreted by the media, it was good to see such clarifications.
The programme featured the cases of three couples (for more details click here) and the thoughts of one of the sheikh concerning sharia law in the U.K.
However, as the documentary sadly showed, too many Muslims are ignorant of Sharia. If we Muslims do not know the sharia, nor know how to live by it, then what use is having it as law?
Sharia is just not words on a page, or worrying about what people watch on TV, it’s how you live your life.
People see the Sharia as something in a glass case, to be used in case of fire or other diabolical event, but living by the Sharia can prevent such fires ever occurring.
We focus on the halal/haram. “If it’s not haram, I can do it”. Where is common sense, where is respect for others, for our responsibilities, for the consequences?
I don’t blame the shayukh. You ask them for the ruling; they will give it to you. Whether it’s wise to follow that ruling is for the individual to decide. Just like you can phone the speaking clock for the time and it will state it, but it won’t tell you that you should get up now or you will be late for work.
Until we change our ways, having legal sharia law is as much use as putting window boxes on a house with a leaky roof.
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