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Abdul Kadir Syed: Why did Allah's Sharia collapse after eight golden centuries of implementation?

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Submitted by Plato (India), Oct 11, 2009 at 10:53

Abdul Kadir you wrote,

>>Human recorded history's longest and largest Golden Age(6-8 centuries in a row) happened when Shariah was mostly implemented. Muslims are not saying that.<<

After Sharia being implemented for eight centuries Islam went downhill. If Sharia was so great Islam should have thrived and been implemented all over the globe by now. If Sharia is Allah's law it could not have collapsed everywhere it was implemented. Can't you see that Sharia is seriously flawed, especially in the modern context where it appears barbaric and inhuman in its treatment of women, infidels and petty crimes

>> Renaissance of Islamic civilisation happened from the day one of Islamic civilisation for 6-8 centuries.<<

There was no Islam before day one of Islam. And day one of Islam begins with gazwas against peaceful caravans and neighbouring tribes who were accused of unproven conspiracies and exiled or mercilessly decimated.

Islam brought dark days to Arabia once known for its tolerance of all religions including paganism. The women of Arabia, once free, leaders of tribes and warrior queens and poets of repute (and later, women in Muslim countries) were plunged into the dark age of Islamic misogyny (4:34). It may have been more advanced than some other cultures but it was a retrograde step from the badly maligned Jahiliya period of Arabia.

The so-called renaissance had a lot to do with the stolen physical wealth, hundreds of thousands of slaves and the borrowed intellectual capital of countries like Greece, Persia, India and China.

If this golden age (a few centuries longer than other ages) disappeared, then the reason for this could not but be that Allah, the Koran and Sharia, all must be badly flawed. Allah failed to give Muslims a long lasting Golden Age despite His claims to being all powerful and being always on the side of Muslims.

Making tall claims for Islam is standard procedure for Muslims. But they never seem to think through the wider implications of their inflated claims. Having a golden age that disappears proves Islam is just another religion that cannot stand the test of time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_Golden_Age (First Longest and largest golden age)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_age_of_India (Second Longest and largest golden age)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Muslim_scientists_and_engineers

>>I am one of the proud owners of both heritages. Indian born Canadian Muslim.<<

Of your three identities which is most precious to you? If you are a true Muslim then you have a big problem if Canada is in conflict with an Islamic country like it is in Afghanistan. I know of Indian British Muslims who cheer the deaths of their countrymen at the hands of Afghan Muslims. Are you any different? The brotherhood of Muslims is more important than the brotherhood of common citizenship in Islamic law.

>>Torture your brain to know about the truth of shariah with Wikipedia.<<

Wikipedia has some interesting things about Sharia:

"Qadi 'Iyad ibn Musa al-Yahsubi argues that Sharia does not allow freedom of speech on such matters as criticism of Muhammad and that such criticism is considered blasphemy against Muhammad. He writes:

"The Qur'an says that Allah curses the one who harms the Prophet in this world and He connected harm of Himself to harm of the Prophet. There is no dispute that anyone who curses Allah is killed and that his curse demands that he be categorized as an unbeliever. The Judgment of the unbeliever is that he is killed. [...] There is a difference between ... harming Allah and His Messenger and harming the believers. Injuring the believers, short of murder, incurs beating and exemplary punishment. The judgment against those who harm Allah and His Prophet is more severe – the death penalty."[105]

In practice Sharia law has sometimes resulted in women living in fear or disadvantage. In instances of rape some authorities of Sharia law require for an allegation to be validated, victims must have four Muslim-Male witnesses to the crime or else the victims risk being charged with fornication or adultery.[112] In Yemen, Sharia law required compensation to be paid to the husband in the case of a 10 year old child bride who requested a divorce after rape and abuse[113] (the minimum age of marriage under Sharia law is sexual maturation[114].

>>Yes, we are in scientific age of Western civilization. But for any serious historian, Golden age did not even start for western civilization we are living in.<<

The scientific age is today's Golden Age. Has it not touched the moon? Has it not split the atom. Did it not invent the internet? Do you not have medicines that cure most Allah-inflicted diseases? Did you sail for weeks in a dhow to Canada or did you reach there in a few hours using Western technology?

Women are their own masters in this Western Golden age and not the prisoners or slaves of men. They elect leaders of their choice and do not have to live under the shadow of a shadow of Allah. Their justice does not distinguish between Muslim and non-Muslim as the Sharia of the Golden Age of Islam did.

Could the Golden Age of Islam boast of any thing near these achievements? And what by the way are the indicators for a Golden Age? There is no scientific basis on which you can pinpoint a Golden Age. For a Nazi historian Hitler's reign was the only Golden Age there ever was.

>>Let us(westerners) start some soul-searching.<<

Living in the West is not the sine qua non for being a Westerner. Despite living in Canada, the West, Muslim Canadians still despise and call for the blood of Irshad Manji for statements like: "Far from being perfect, the Koran is so profoundly at war with itself that Muslims who 'live by the book' have no choice but to choose what to emphasize and what to downplay. (…) What if it's not a completely God-authored book? What if it's riddled with human biases?"

When Muslims in Canada can take such statements with the insouciance that Western Christians show when the Bible is criticized will they be truly Western. Till then you are just an Indian Muslim with Canadian citizenship.

Regards

Plato

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