The Shariah is one of the most misunderstood and maligned Islamic words in the West. The word conjures up images of inhuman, primitive and uncivilised practices of whipping criminals, stoning adulterers and confiding women within their homes in the minds of many people.
Shariah in itself has an underlying objective of justice and mercy. It literally means a way or a path and, more specifically, the way to a watering place. Far from being a strict penal code, it is a humane, compassionate and benevolent system of laws that guides Muslims, based on the teachings of the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
This simple and concise guide to the Shariah (Islamic law) explains its meaning, scope and operation, as well as helping readers understand and appreciate its value and importance in the believer’s life.