The news that the one religious group, Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN) called for the establishment of a Sharia court in the southern part of the country to serve the interests of the Muslim population in the region, was one the highpoints of the week.
The Association called for this on Thursday, May 27, 2021, on the second day of a public hearing of the 1999 Constitution Review by NASS. The Sharia constitution is alien to South-western states due to the fact that it inhibits the states from been secularized.
Sharia law is undoubtedly God’s way of evaluating Muslims’ behavior, and Muslims know this through the Quran and the scriptures and traditions of the Prophet. Sharia is then “systematized” right into a Fikh, that’s a faculty of the so-known as islamic regulation. This remains now no longer a regulation of any kind, it’s only a faculty of thought, just like the originalism within the U.S., etc.
Shariatic norms can only end up regulating daily activities when they are embodied right into a criminal text, like a statute or a constitution.
The law is widely rejected in many areas because of its documented history of human rights violations and sometimes disrupting economic activities (such as the sale of alcoholic beverages).
A Sharia Law in the South-West seems like a classic ‘divide and rule’ move. The sponsors know that most people in the SW are against it, yet they are keen to make a sizeable minority upset the harmonious relationship that has been the hallmark of South-Westerners, which will consequently lead to an incursion. It is a clever means of de-civilizing the society and injecting political Islam as a factor into public life. It is an insidious and highly dangerous thing. It is also highly responsible for the level of poverty in the North.
Sharia law is incompatible with a multi ethnic and multi religious society. It’s so aggravating that there is some faux “debate” around it. We do not want it, we do not need it!
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