Sharia Application

Aug 22nd, 2007, in News, by

Sharia can be applied without making Indonesia an Islamic state.

Fuad Amsyari of the Crescent Star Party, Partai Bulan Bintang (PBB), said in Jakarta on 21st August that the basic form of the state, Pancasila, did not need to be changed in order that sharia be applied. Instead, every law that was made could incorporate Islamic law.

It was a mistake to think that sharia application depended on an Islamic state, he said, and there was nothing in Pancasila that prevented sharia law from being applied in Indonesia. Every government policy and law could employ sharia, he said, and no discrimination against non-Muslims would occur.

There will be no discrimination because in Islam there can be no discrimination.

Another PBB leader, Sahar L. Hassan, agreed that sharia could be adopted without altering the constitution, and hoped that it could be applied at the level of the state, however, someone convicted of theft in an area for which the state was responsible would not suffer hand amputation, but in ordinary theft cases hand amputation would occur.

Meanwhile, in the interests of the further application of sharia law, the PBB is inviting clerics from throughout the country and well-known figures such as Muhammadiyah leader Din Syamsuddin, NU leader Hasyim Muzadi, Majelis Ulama Indonesia leader Ma'ruf Amin, Siddiq Amin of Persatuan Islam (Persis), and representatives of Dewan Dakwah, Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, Dewan Masjid Indonesia, Ikatan Wanita Muslimat Indonesia, and the Badan Komunikasi Pemuda Remaja Masjid Indonesia (BKPRMI), to attend a meeting in Bogor, 24-26th August.

During this meeting it is hoped that ways to apply sharia in all aspects of life can be discussed, as well as the means of bringing this about, and specific proposals that can be put to the government and parliament. republika


246 Comments on “Sharia Application”

  1. avatar Daniel Khaleel says:

    Hi Sputjam,

    mankind are suckers to religion.

    Everyone believes and pledges their allegiance to something. Even you.

    If christians worship christ, then they have neglected the creator of christ. Can Christ protect Christians from The Creator?

    Christians worship Christ not as a separate being apart from God, but we believe that Christ was God becoming incarnate among us. The concept of the trinity is a term used to express one God revealing himself in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. Some of the scripture to support this is:

    For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. (Collossians 2:9-10)

    Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are””yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

    I believe that Christ showed the characteristic of God. He was God yet he became a servant for us to take the penalty of sin on himself so that we would not need to bare that penalty ourselves.

    none of the biblical stories mentioned any acts of ritual worship.

    Correction. The Torah actually prescribed very elaborate rituals of worship through the sacrificial system.

    You need not be in a special site to communicate with God nor face in a particular direction. You can communicate with God at any time and any place and facing any direction.

    I agree with you completely. God is omniscient and omnipotent. The correct posture for prayer is humility and an open heart.

  2. avatar dewaratugedeanom says:

    Daniel Khaleel said

    It seems that you are saying (forgive me if I’m wrong) that all belief systems are fine and we should just focus on ourselves. Such as, you do your thing and I’ll do mine. I cannot accept this when so much suffering is caused as a result.

    I am certainly not saying that all belief systems are perfect and fine. And I am as abhorred as you are by the atrocities caused by ignorance, superstition and blind faith. But what irritates me is the institutionalism and self-righteous dogmatism of religions like Islam and Christianity. Both pretend to be the word of God although no one can prove it unless one starts unconditionally believing self-proclaimed prophets. God’s word is said to be absolute and beyond questioning. But what we see is that through the ages human endeavor and science have replaced or at least seriously amended religious assumptions about things that fall beyond the scope of theology. And many people have been tortured and killed to uphold these assumptions. Remember the Inquisition and the Religion Wars between Protestants and Catholics in Europe, not to mention the sectarian violence of Islam up to this day.
    Although I highly respect present day Christian ethics, the leading moral position of Christianity would, in my humble opinion, even become more prominent and credible if there was less talk of Jesus but more of a shared identity and solidarity between all human beings. If someone wants to worship and put his faith in a personal God, that’s fine as long as he doesn’t want to make us believe that this God loves us, fills empty stomachs or sends earthquake and tsunami. The Eastern belief systems like Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism – some call them ‘wisdom religions’ – socially backwards as the countries where they prevail may be, seem however, once you make abstraction of their mythology, to be philosophically more in line with the latest discoveries and are therefore gaining credibility among top scientists. They also tend to be more open for renewal and interpretation and are less prone to forcing their paradigms on others. If one is interested they will invite you to discuss their viewpoints but without trying to convince or convert, knowing that the last word in la comédie humaine still has to be spoken.
    This been said and as long as we have to speculate about the ‘mystery of being’, religion will continue to take its toll. Like Einstein once said: “Religion without science is blind, science without religion is lame”. Let us hope that one day science and religion may become one. Maybe that day we will reach our destiny.

  3. avatar Mohammed Khafi says:

    For an example of Sharia application, just read this article: Saudi Gang Rape victim Jailed. and this is from the land of the ‘Defenders of Islam’ Is this really what we want for this beloved country?

    Hassan, I know that you are a supporter of Sharia, but is this really what you want? If not, and you deny this is a true application of Sharia Law, just which Sharia Law are you wanting to apply here?

    I am with Sputjam, as long as we have people of whatever belief following their manmade religions, we will have conflict, Jew against Jew, Muslim against Muslim, Christian against Christian, and all of them against each other, all of them believing that theirs is the only way to Heaven to the exclusion of all others, whilst at the same time saying that they ultimately beleive in a benevolent and caring God, talk about munafik!

    What will it take for all of us to understand that God is Universal, for all people and all time, any group which believes in exclusivity is not following Gods will. Belief in God, belief in the day of judgement and the doing of good deeds is all that is asked of us.

    Peace

  4. avatar matahari says:

    Well, really agree with Khafi.
    Indonesia is not Arab. We used to be taught to be proud of being an Indonesia. Just because at the beginning, Islam was established in Arab, that made the Arab the king of the world. Then we will follow whatever Arabians doing and mistaken it as Islam.
    Well, surely, there will be no more peace.
    Beside, doesn’t God believe in a second-chance?
    Sharia Law will not make the world more peaceful. It will turn people into radical, canibal and then..again..back to prehistoric age.

  5. avatar Riyoz says:

    ‘Sharia can be applied without making Indonesia an Islamic state.’

    DEAD WRONG !!…..We don’t have to wait for an ‘Islamic state’ to apply the syariah, coz’ we applied it ourself and to our own lives, to our own families…..and non-Muslims are excluded from Islamic syariah laws, the laws doesn’t apply to them….regarding taxes, even today we all pay taxes, don’t we ? and from what I have read, jizyah for non-Muslim dhimmis (means : under protection) are much cheaper than taxes for Muslims…..and no, polygamy in Islam is not an obligation, having more wives doesn’t make a man a far better muslim than the others who married only one….

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