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On alcohol and Muslim cab drivers

Reader comment on item: No Islamic Law in Minnesota, for Now
in response to reader comment: Minnesota Taxi Drivers

Submitted by Seamus MacNemi (United States), Apr 17, 2007 at 18:52

While I will agree that it is the right of any cab driver to refuse service to anyone who is drunk or unruly, or who the particular cab driver considers might be a potential threat to that drivers safety; It is a stretch of the imagination to think that a cab driver would know wether or not any individual is carrying alcohol in his or her personal belongings.

If you presume that a person is carrying alcohol or might at some time consume alcohol and on that basis refuse that person service without having any direct evidence to that as fact, then you are guilty of the same sin as someone who bears false witness against his neighbor. "THAT" would be a violation of the principle of Sharia. If Muslim cab drivers think that they are or can be the be all and end all of Sharia then Islam has fallen into a bottomless pit from which it cannot be retrieved. May God forgive them, for I do not think their fellow man will be so forgiving.

The basis of all law is the principle of "reciprocity". You cannot expect to be respected if you do not show respect to others. To make idle assumptions about others without actually knowing them is an example of the most agregious form of disrespect and such attitudes will inevitably be answered in kind in this world.

Perhaps those Muslim cab drivers should take a page from their own book when dealing with the outside world. They would be better off in themselves for it.


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