In an interview on Breitbart News Daily, Pamela Geller once again proved that she has no understanding of the words Sharia and Islam. Geller and guest host Raheem Kassam collectively whined about how Trump’s seeming unwillingness to criticize Islam in any type of blanket statement is an admission that he is “adhering to the Sharia.” Claiming that Trump is being influenced by “globalist forces,” Kassam stated:
We are now sure that it’s a pattern. So the positive will be that we can now move on this issue.
Geller, of course, just had to add:
What the president is doing, and his administration is doing, is adhering to the Sharia; you cannot criticize Islam.
In an effort to clear up a few things (not that they’ll pay us any mind), let’s explore some revelations from the textbook of life that most intelligent people use. The actual meaning of “Sharia” can differ widely depending on your source, but one of the most commonly accepted explanations found in academia is similar to this, published by the BBC:
In Arabic, Sharia means ‘the clear, well-trodden path to water.’ Islamically, it is used to refer to the matters of religion that God has legislated for His servants. The linguistic meaning of Sharia reverberates in its technical usage: just as water is vital to human life, so the clarity and uprightness of Sharia is the means of life for souls and minds.
The word itself is roughly translated as “God’s Law,” or more simply as “religious law.” As the lightning prepares to strike me down… What, exactly, is wrong with that? If you are a religious person, believing in a singular god (be he the Allah of the Muslim faith or the omnipotent God of the Christian and Jewish faiths), why would you not want to subscribe to God’s Law? Isn’t that the direction that the American conservatives and evangelical Christians are trying to lead us right here in the United States?
In a telling opinion piece written by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and published at New York Daily News, which discusses Sharia law in Israel and the silly fear that Americans have of Sharia, he states this irony far better than I could hope to:
In Israel, the family laws of several religions function within the larger framework of secular jurisprudence. Muslims marry according to the rules of Islamic law, as Jews do according to Jewish law, and Christians do according to Christian (canonical) law.
While the use of the word Sharia by conservatives is meant to be derogatory and instill fear, our interpretation of it does not have to allow that. Simple research and maybe going out into the community and meeting a real live Muslim or two (gasp) will give you a whole new perspective on this whole Sharia fear thing the conservatives are trying to brainwash people with.
If you are interested in the entire insane but blessedly short, segment, we’ve included the audio below.