What is sharia?

Sharia means the ‘way’ or ‘path’. Islamic sharia law refers to the whole system of principles and rules which a Muslim is required to live by. It relates to both criminal and civil justice, and it also regulates personal and moral conduct.

The sharia is based upon the teachings of the Koran as well as the teaching and example of Muhammad: the rules of sharia exist because Muhammad either commanded or actually did what the rules require.

Sharia goes way beyond food and halal but the point we want to make here is that all of the halal certification organisations are operating under sharia law and desire for sharia law to be accepted as a part of our mainstream society. Money that is paid out in fees for halal certification is used to fund in part or whole the push for sharia law in Australia. On the Islamic website muslimvillage.com (June 11) the secretary of the Australian Islamic Mission, Siddiq Buckley is quoted as saying,

"There are practical examples of [sharia] here already. We have Muslim schools, mosques, funeral parlours, shops and businesses. We’ve got abattoirs, Islamic charities, Islamic financial institutions. There are so many things – halal meals served on airlines. This is all part of Sharia.”

For a more in depth article about sharia please read the following article by Bill Muehlenberg.

Increasingly the media is reporting the push for sharia law in Australia. While we might not agree with or endorse all the comments in these examples, we display them here to show you it is a real issue in our nation today. See the links below as examples.

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The following links are reports of the push for sharia law in Australia and examples of its implementation:

Halal Is Sharia Law!

"The word "halal" simply means “permissible”. Outside of Sharia Law “halal” as a concept does not even exist."

Wanna Buy a Home? . . . best become a Muslim

"Ask any Muslim leader and he (there are only “hes”) will tell you Sharia law is coming to the West and there’s nothing the West can do about it. He will also declare that democracy will be abolished, the Islam faith will be adopted by all and non-compliance will unfortunately require the removal of your head."

The Last Free Man In Captivity

"That would be Geert Wilders. Here is a man who spends his life under armed guard. He has done so for years . . . "

Furious debate as teachers . . . ordered to wear hijab or face sack

"Two female teachers from the Islamic College of South Australia have gone to court to fight against being unfairly dismissed based, in part, on their attire being considered inappropriate."

Anti-Islam campaigner coming to Australia

"Ahead of his visit to Australia, far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders talks to Tony Jones about his opposition to Muslim immigrants in his country."

Geert Wilders' warnings on Islam

"Dutch politician Geert Wilders tells Jason Morrison he wants to warn Australia against allowing the mass immigration of people from Muslim countries because Islam and freedom are incompatible."

Free Speech Double Standard

"It seems that there is a double standard when it comes to free speech in Australia. Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ public speaking tour has run into constant problems as venues continue to pull out or refuse to host his events."

The right to speak

". . . Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders's visit comes as concerns about curbs on free speech are building along with a sometimes related debate about the Muslim community's integration into the Australian mainstream."

Free speech stoned to death

"If you needed proof that free speech in Australia is on the run, look at what happened when Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders came to town."

If Wilders is wrong, explain this conference

"And when you check precisely what a number of the speakers have said, you come up with a picture of Islam remarkably similar to the one Geert Wilders is trying to warn against."

Overkill in the name of Islam threat

"After scuffles outside Wilders's speaking venue in Melbourne last week, NSW police took no chances."

Fear doesn't need a visa, and it's on tour already

"The threat has been deemed real enough in the Netherlands, which now has more than a million Muslims in a nation of 16.7 million people, for a million Dutch voters . . . to vote for the Party for Freedom, led by Geert Wilders . . ."

Violence erupts in Sydney over anti-Islam film

"Violence erupted in central Sydney as hundreds of Muslims protested against a controversial film about the Prophet Mohammed."

The following links are reports and examples of sharia law being exercised overseas:

Sun News Network - Halal funding those who kill in the name of Allah?

"Marc Lebuis, Director of Point de Bascule on concern that Quebec consumers are unknowingly providing money to radical groups when they buy Halal certified meat."

Please Note: The website has labelled this video incorrectly as "Syrian's Still Suffering".

Barnabas Fund - Convert from Islam to Christianity slaughtered by Muslims

"Video footage of a convert from Islam to Christianity being slaughtered by Muslims has been shown on Egyptian TV in an alarming depiction of the threat posed to religious freedom after the Arab Spring."

The video shown here does not show the violent act in graphic detail but is a discussion about the issue. If you wish to see the horrific act in its entirety, please feel free to search for it on YouTube as there are many copies of it out there.

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The Third Choice has been written to meet three main purposes:
  1. To explain the nature of the dhimma pact;
  2. To enable non-Muslims to withstand the dhimma and find freedom from it;
  3. To help people understand the nature and impact of Islamic politics in the world, both today and in the past, and especially its impact upon the human rights of non-Muslims.
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