Monday, December 15, 2014

Syariah Law is Not Divine Law

Sisters in Islam have got a different take on Syariah law. SIS executive director Ratna Osman maintains that Syariah law is not divine law and should not be treated as such.
She said that there was a misunderstanding of the law and the Federal Constitution among some quarters, who were pushing for Syariah courts to be on the same level with the Federal Court.
Ratna said: “The understanding of this group, who are pushing for it, is because God is supreme. So, to them, how can the Constitution become higher than God’s law?”
She voiced the view that Syariah law was divine law was not necessarily correct. “Syariah law is actually human intervention of what God’s divine laws are. When there’s human intervention, it’s not 100% divine anymore,” she said.
She expressed the belief that there was a need for a change in the direction of the discourse on the country’s Syariah law. She could not accept the faction’s insistence that their version, their interpretation of Syariah, is from God.
“That is problematic, because once you have that kind of language, then you want everything (Syariah law) to be on top of everything else,” she said.
Ratna suggested that the discourse on whether Syariah law should be on par with civil law should take into account the Constitution.
Sunday’s EPL match between Liverpool and Manchester United was not something to look forward to. It didn’t come as a surprise at all that the Red Devils humiliated us 3-0. Wayne Rooney (12), Juan Mata (40) and Robin van Persie (71) were on target while we were content with shooting blanks.
North of the border, Celtic secured their eighth league win on the bounce and a six-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a comfortable 4-1 win against St Mirren. The goals came from Scott Brown (4, 18); James Forrest (15); and Anthony Stokes (67). And the Buddies’ consolation goal came from Sean Kelly in the tenth minute.

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