April 2nd, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Law expert explains Sharia and Islam

CNN's Soledad O'Brien sits down with Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, who describes the basics of Sharia law and the difference between Islam and Sharia law. O’Brien chronicles the dramatic fight over the construction of a mosque in the heart of the Bible belt on “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door,” airing at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET April 2 on CNN.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. the word

    Islam is 500 years behind modern day life.

    April 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  2. mohammed

    من خلال الله، والنساء هن من يقدمن الحياة للخليقة كلها، كبيرها وصغيرها من الأرض. الشيطان يوسوس بغيرة في آذان الرجال مسلم أن تطغى عليهم ، لا تسمح لهم بالسفر خارج دون رقيب أو يعرفوا أنهم أقرب إلى الله مما كنت.

    إلا من خلال يسوع، يمكن للمرأة في الإسلام أن يكون حرا. انه قادم لك، وتأخذ بيده عند ظهوره ويكون حرا في الحياة والموت.


    Through God, women are the life givers to every creature, large and small of the Earth. Satan jealously whispers in the ears of Muslim men to oppress them, do not let them travel outside unsupervised or they will know they are closer to Allah than you.
    Only through Jesus, can the women of Islam be free. He is coming for you, take his hand when it appears and be free in life and death.

    April 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  3. F Din

    Muneef, Muneef, Muneef!
    By the Rightly-Guided Caliphs etc. you mean the first four Caliphs. Sparing the first one , the latter three were
    brutally murdered by Rightly-Guided Muslims. All Muslims consider themselves to be rightly-guided in killing Muslims and
    non-Muslims alike. History is the witness.
    You are following Sunnah of the Prophet by copying and pasting from your Scriptures which were copied and pasted
    from earlier Scriptures of Jews, Christians and Zorostrians in poetic Arabic to appeal to ignorant audience. Your knowledge pool does not extend beyond Usmanic ( Othmonic) Quran and a few books of Ahadith. Quran and Ahadith are questionable. Usman burned all the Qurans and kept a copy of his choice to circulate. Shria Law is based on that copy. Majority of Muslims are reluctant to discuss Ahadith matters as they are so contradictory. Do not kill yourself with Quranic references. They do not mean the same to the rest of the world.

    April 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  4. renee

    Men & women. Do you know, in some countries a man is considered respected by his wife if she walks behind him but in others, he asks her to walk in front of him so no one can hurt her or steal her.
    In Hawaii, at a big party, the men believe that true warriors and men of honor let the women and children eat first.

    April 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  5. Rejoice in God

    As the Catholic church is to the Anti-Christ, Islam is the faith of Anti-life. Both practice evil through the name of God.

    April 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • ramonon

      What anit-life, did you come up with this all by yourself. You are truly and idiot.

      April 23, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  6. DC

    Satan delights at the violence of Islam, and its female oppression. Sharia law is the left horn of Satan's head.

    April 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  7. DKM

    Allah is the name for God. If you read the arabic Bible the name in there for God is also Allah. If someone is reading the distorded meaning created by some igonrant dumb head ir oa hatter it's theie problem and they must read the right material. By the way Islam is still the fastest growing religion and mostly Christians are converting, especially women and in USA and no one cannot stop it. It's growing much fater than ever since 9/11 after all the hate and wrong stuff out there and this is the present day miracle.

    April 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  8. Jing Hu

    I repect the fact Muslim place a great importance on devotion to Allah
    (ex. shahada, salat, zakat, sawm and hajj)

    But why must Islam be so violent in the way to treat their woman????
    They way they treat woman is just disgusting!

    April 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • DC

      The Quran says that Satan hates humans, and will try to take as many as he can to hell with him on the last day. So he whispers in the Muslim man’s ears to beat and oppress the woman, because she is the giver of life to all creatures with Lord God. Muslim’s listen to this jealous whisper in their ear from Satan, and obey.

      April 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  9. Jing Hu

    I'm all for FREEDOM OF RELGION,

    But dear Muslim, you could be alot nicer to your wives at least.

    April 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  10. Jay

    Everyone is commenting on just whatever they want to say right???? " Little learning is a dangerous thing" anyone ever heard that before?? ISLAM, CHIRISTIANITY, hINDIUSIM, JUDIASIM OR other religions out there.... show me one of them where it says to kill people for your own self interest? you damnn people are so f.... ling ignorant you just listen to what other says and never bother to learn your self. REMEMBER: BIBILE WAS EDITED TO MAKE INTO TESTMANTS, OTHER RELIGIOUS BOOK WAS EDITED AS WELL.... EXCEPT QURAN! You want to belive it believe it.. but.. if you don't have the knowledge of it... lets just leave it alone and respect one anothers.

    April 23, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Baroda1234

      Bible was not edited. This is the propaganda of Muslims. In the original script available prior to Muhammad's birth shows we have the same Bible. It was Muslims who propagate this lie

      April 24, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  11. Noah Benzing

    Allah is a pre-Islamic Pagan moon diety. The Kabaa is a recycled monument. The Quran is a plagarized Torah and the basis for "Mein Kampf".

    April 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  12. glyder

    for those of you that write "do not kill" are you sure the translation is kill instead of murder?

    April 22, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  13. C. Cantu

    Muslims should convert to Christianity. They should open their eyes, minds, hearts and deeply analyze, discern and compare any of the Middle Eastern Christian Traditions which are much older than Islam to their Muslim faith. It is a fact that nowadays, violence, intolerance, hatred, terrorism, discrimination is much greater among Muslims than Christian Arabs. Anywhere in the world, the same conflicts arise caused by Islamic dogmas and practices. Most Islamic religious leaders are the main instigators of these violent actions, they seduce young people with their satanic teachings to commit all kinds of atrocities and justify these actions under their own Islamic dogmas. Muslims should compare their lives and ideology to their Christian Arab brethren and decide to take the first step to change their distorted mentality.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • Guest

      Your rediculous cross thingy will not save you. Get real.

      April 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Puddin

      Weird. Christianity had the Crusades, witch burnings, Inquisition... and now the Muslims have terrorism. Sounds eerily similar...?

      And who has a 'distorted mentality'? Common silly Sally... don't point fingers and forget about your past.
      'Violence, intolerance, hatred, terrorism, discrimination...' really? Pointing fingers again...

      That visage in the mirror should be getting harder and harder to look at, with all that filth on it...

      April 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Hindu

      And Christians should convert to Hindusim. Both Islam and Christianity are fake religions. Though Islam has some relation to God and simplicity. Christianity is completly corporate. It looks like Coke or pepsi. All fizz no content.

      April 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Puddin

      Blah ... the one and only (but there are others) true God is FSM, from which its noodley appendage reached out and touched us all. May the sauce be with you, Hindu.


      April 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • me

      and Christians should convert to Judaism.

      April 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • ammofreak

      All religions are like a drug inducing delirium into the faithful! Sick,sick, sick people!!! When will we learn to put the dogmas away & start living with each other?

      April 24, 2011 at 3:48 am |
  14. Tom Paine

    Sharia is an abomination. Religion should be a matter for the individual, not for governing the masses.

    April 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  15. Medardus

    For the last time it's "Sharia." Not "Sharia law" which is redundant.

    April 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  16. nbarnard

    Ms. Soledad,
    You sit there smugley declaring" Islam is one of the three great religions" Really!!! where did you get your information?
    Do your homework girl before you make such a bold statement. Had you done so you would discover that ALLAH is a
    moon god. Look it up before you make such silly statement. Stop acting like a clown.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • Naima

      The clown is you Nbarnard and not Soledad. Islam is the religion of Jesus and Moses and that of Mohammed and that of Ibrahim. Just Read all the three Scriptures . For the translation pick the MM Picthall 's translation ,it is free available on internet. This I am asking you not to become a Muslim ,but to get a better understanding of your own Jesus and that of Your Moses and their messages..
      All Islam teaches is Just and a patient behavior ,kindness towards parents, prevents you from killing your unborn for fear of food, avoid intoxicants, ( may be the jails will get empty,then) ,avoid fornication ,adultery ( May be AIDS will get eliminated then) ,avoid gambling and interest that quiadruples the amount owed to the Bankers ( May be the Bankers Belly wont be so bellicosed and the common man will not lose his life savings and become homeless,nay be this will prevent millions of foreclosure) also tells do not kill ,if you kill an innocent man , it is as if killing the entire humanity. which is also there in the old Testament and the New Testament. So Please Read.
      Now Bad PR and demonisation of Muslims and Islam occurs , other wise,how can you recruit the Americans : Men and Money to go Kill and get Killed in Iraq and in Libya and if we continue to be clowns,We our young Men and Money will be leached out,until the greater Levant is established . You don't need to be a nuclear scientist to understand this Phenomenon.Just think how many millions got killed to establish Israel. The greed is to expand it , how do you think it will happen. This is the cause of this phenomenon of demoniszation of Islam and Muslims. Last Centuary it was the Turk who was the Bogey man and this centuary it is the Arab who is the Bogey man. Turk is no more ,it lost control of Palestine after the great world war one with the killing of millions of men in october 1918 Palestine was wrestled away from the Turks and Armistice occured on the november 1918.Do not be in dark ,and call others clown look at your own knowledge first and improve it . In the words of my Beloved jesus: You fool what do you want to the clean the outside of the vessel ,clean the inside. Understand if you can understand, Read the Qur'an then and only then, your faith in Jesus and Moses will increase. Peaceandlove may decend upon all of us.So Jews Christians and Muslims may live like Human beings, Instead of spilling rivers of blood.Instead of making smaller nations shooting galleries and grave yards. Peace So Greed of expansion may be vanquished.So these endless wars END.So we leave Peace for our children and not leave Bloodshed and tears for our next generation. or generations to come. Don't you think we all need to work for the peace by our words and deeds . After all we toil hard each day to provide material things for our children ,what about working so that We and our next generation shall live in Peace. Let their be Peace on Earth ,and let it begin with me. Stealing the neighbors land for oil and killing is against ten Commandments my friends and the wrath of God does comes Which is not worth the land or Oil. Pal.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • big daddy

      she gave respect to all the abrahamic religions, learn to reciprocate.

      April 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  17. Justin Eckstein

    Why is it that Muslims claim Moses was a prophet and the 10 Commandments given to Moses by OUR HEAVENLY FATHER on Mount Sinai clearly gives OUR HEAVENLY FATHER’s Commandment not to kill while they believe in killing those who will not convert, and killing for other various reasons under Shari’a Law. Do Not Kill; there are no ifs, ands, or buts. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, who created all in Heaven and on Earth, made that Commandment expressly clear. Any Prophets to come along later have supported all those Commandments given by OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER is greater than absolutely everyone and absolutely everything. Do Not Kill; there are no ifs, ands, or buts. We apparently are not to kill others; that is not our purpose. Supposedly Mohammed said something different. So either Mohammed agreed with those Commandments and didn‘t actually say what he supposedly said, or Mohammed wasn’t a prophet. And if Mohammed agreed that those Commandments came from OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, then Mohammed didn’t try to argue with them or change them to fit his own agenda. Maybe that ‘Book Burning’ in the 7th century A.D. (C.E.) wasn’t just to ‘standardize’ but to ‘cover-up’ the Truth. I’m not trying to argue religion here; or trying to argue doctrine. It just does not make any sense. If Christians and Jews killed people who would not convert, then most of the world would kill each other off. Do Not Kill; there are no ifs, ands, or buts. May OUR HEAVENLY FATHER’s Will Be Done.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • Naema

      Heavenly Father is the greatest there is no doubt it and also He said do not kill , no if 's and but's. What about the Combosades going on in this 21st century ,killing the muslims in Iraq by the millions . Where is the Jesuss and his teachings in the 2700,000 christians of this country and many more of the world,and where is the teachings of Moses and the Moses in the 6 million Jews of this country and many more of the world , that sent 350,000 of Americans to Kill the innocent Iraqi's and to get killed themself .What was reason for this suicide of rationality . No WMD were discovered and those of the followers of the beloved Jesus and that of our Beloved Moses are still in Iraq killing and getting killed. Now the preplanned killing of Libyan's spilling rivers of Blood , I am sure this blood thirsty behaviour for the sake of Oil or neighbors land resources ,is not taught by the Beloved Messangers of God .Mohammed ,Moses and Jesus.
      If We Muslims do not show the presence of a Mohammed in us , Why are the Christians and Jews Who Claim to be non terrorists , why do they not show the presence of Moses or Jesus ,on the contrary the behavior is that of Pontius Pilot and that of Pharoah and Thier oppressions. Don't you think so . ?
      But the Loving God is the equaliser ,His justice may be dalayed, but is not and never be devoid of getting served on the oppressors and killers of the innocent will pay now or later .
      With what magnificience He has created us The merciful one bades us to be just and kind.Only those who do good and are patient are the ones who shall win ,the rest will be losers.
      51 million killed in www11 and 15 million killed in www1 ,it was not the muslims . my friend. who showed such blood thirsty behaviour. It were the NON MUSLIMS. Now the demoniztions of the Muslims occurs in Media ,how else can you make the Americans commit to killing the Muslims who are occupying the Oil rich land, and how else the plan for the greater Levant be accomploshed. The Crusades lasted for 4 hundred or so years , what happened ultimately? Find out for yourself.
      It is the Peace and the followers of Peace increase in numbers with each crusade .For your understanding of the message of Moses and Jesus read Qur'an from the Internet . the translation done by Pickthall. For it is in Qur'an Moses is Mentioned 125 times and Jesus is mentioned 25 times . Love and Peace may become companion. and that of all of mankind,

      April 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • dcspeed164

      Given all you've written I would suggest you read the old testament (exodus in particular) much more closely. The Isrealites engaged in many battles and killed many of the tribes they encountered during the 40 years in the desert all the while carrying the 10 Commandments in a place of honor during their ordeal. As with most things in life, I feel it is imperative that one understand the history of his or her own beliefs before speaking or writing critically about the beliefs of others. Human history is overflowing with accounts of people of "faith" using violence and death as a tool for spreading their particular brand of religion. Singling out Islam provides a distorted view of Muslims and bu inference extends a blanket of virture over the brutality of Judaism, Christianity and other religious expressions.

      April 21, 2011 at 3:12 am |
    • ZeeMan

      Where did you get your information that Muslims kill those who do not convert? There are millions of non-Muslims living in Muslim majority countries. They have for centuries. If that the case then all non-Muslims in those countries would have been killed by now. I would ask that you change your bias and start looking at facts. Oh, don;t try to quote some instances where a few radicals may have unfortunately killed some non-Muslims. You know that does not speak for the whole Muslim population of centuries.

      April 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  18. Muneef

    [3:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

    [3:1] A.L.M.*

    [3:2] GOD: there is no god except He; the Living, the Eternal.

    [3:3] He sent down to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming all previous scriptures, and He sent down the Torah and the Gospel

    [3:4] before that, to guide the people, and He sent down the statute book. Those who disbelieve in GOD's revelations incur severe retribution. GOD is Almighty, Avenger.

    [3:5] Nothing is hidden from GOD, on earth, or in the heaven.
    Miracles Bring Greater Responsibility*
    [2:211] Ask the Children of Israel how many profound miracles have we shown them! For those who disregard the blessings bestowed upon them by GOD, GOD is most strict in retribution.

    [2:212] This worldly life is adorned in the eyes of the disbelievers, and they ridicule those who believe. However, the righteous will be far above them on the Day of Resurrection. GOD blesses whomever He wills, without limits.

    Disastrous Jealousy
    [2:213] The people used to be one community when GOD sent the prophets as bearers of good news, as well as warners. He sent down with them the scripture, bearing the truth, to judge among the people in their disputes. Ironically, those who received the scripture were the ones who rejected any new scripture, despite clear proofs given to them. This is due to jealousy on their part. GOD guides those who believe to the truth that is disputed by all others, in accordance with His will. GOD guides whoever wills in a straight path.*

    [2:214] Do you expect to enter Paradise without being tested like those before you? They were tested with hardship and adversity, and were shaken up, until the messenger and those who believed with him said, "Where is GOD's victory?" GOD's victory is near.
    [4:56] Surely, those who disbelieve in our revelations, we will condemn them to the hellfire. Whenever their skins are burnt, we will give them new skins. Thus, they will suffer continuously. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.
    [78:39] Such is the inevitable day. Whoever wills let him take refuge in his Lord.

    [78:40] We have sufficiently warned you about an imminent retribution. That is the day when everyone will examine what his hands have sent forth, and the disbeliever will say, "Oh, I wish I were dust."
    [5:98] Know that GOD is strict in enforcing retribution, and that GOD is Forgiving, Most Merciful.

    [5:99] The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver the message, and GOD knows everything you declare and everything you conceal.

    [5:100] Proclaim: "The bad and the good are not the same, even if the abundance of the bad may impress you. You shall reverence GOD, (even if you are in the minority) O you who possess intelligence, that you may succeed."

    April 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • DC

      Only in Christ, or death, will the Muslim woman be free from oppression

      April 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  19. Muneef

    The Commandments
    [2:83] We made a covenant with the Children of Israel: "You shall not worship except GOD. You shall honor your parents and regard the relatives, the orphans, and the poor. You shall treat the people amicably. You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat)." But you turned away, except a few of you, and you became averse.

    [2:84] We made a covenant with you, that you shall not shed your blood, nor shall you evict each other from your homes. You agreed and bore witness.

    [2:85] Yet, here you are killing each other, and evicting some of you from their homes, banding against them sinfully and maliciously. Even when they surrendered, you demanded ransom from them. Evicting them was prohibited for you in the first place. Do you believe in part of the scripture and disbelieve in part? What should be the retribution for those among you who do this, except humiliation in this life, and a far worse retribution on the Day of Resurrection? GOD is never unaware of anything you do.

    [2:86] It is they who bought this lowly life at the expense of the Hereafter. Consequently, the retribution is never commuted for them, nor can they be helped.
    Major Commandments
    [4:36] You shall worship GOD alone – do not associate anything with Him. You shall regard the parents, the relatives, the orphans, the poor, the related neighbor, the unrelated neighbor, the close associate, the traveling alien, and your servants. GOD does not like the arrogant show-offs.

    [4:37] The ones who are stingy, exhort the people to be stingy, and conceal what GOD has bestowed upon them from His bounties. We have prepared for the disbelievers a shameful retribution.

    [4:38] They give money to charity only to show off, while disbelieving in GOD and the Last Day. If one's companion is the devil, that is the worst companion.

    [4:39] Why do they not believe in GOD and the Last Day, and give from GOD's provisions to them? GOD is fully aware of them.
    [16:90] GOD advocates justice, charity, and regarding the relatives. And He forbids evil, vice, and transgression. He enlightens you, that you may take heed.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • DC

      The Devil delights in the violence of Islam. The angry Muslim brings Islam closer to Satan than God, and will be joined with him on the last day.

      April 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  20. Muneef

    Lord of the Universe:
    Surprised to have seen many of you to state that God Allah is the Lord of the Moon ! When he is the Lord of the whole Universe and Creation ! You accuse Muslims of Worshiping of the Moon ! When the Quran clearly indicated that the Sun and the Moon are being used for knowing the number of days,other than that known or unknown forms of uses and needs for !

    Now the only verse that in which God clearly has indicated that he is Lord of is the "The Planet of Sirius" that can be found within Q/S/V's 53:49
    An-Najm (The Star) 53:
    And that He it is Who is the Lord of Sirius; (49).
    Pronounced in Arabic "El-Sherra".

    Links for you to gain the knowledge of this opportunity which i feel thankful to those who drove me to search for it and research it, adding to that i became to understand that the planets are responsible for what ever goes on in the universe as to disasters on earth and to creations, i take it from the Quranic verse that this "Sirius Planet A&B" is or are the Head Star or Planet of all Group of universal Planets in being responsible as a Head Gear for the entire movement of all Gears of the the Ticking Clock of time "The Universal Life time Granted to it to work..!

    The Question that we should be asking or looking for an answer for is: 
    Would time here haste for manking being hasty or would it be granted more time by becoming:
    -a non corruptor to earth and sea.
    -for holding right God Message of revelations and laws.
    -for showing mercy and being charitable paying out the poor dues.

    Wouldn't that make a change when majority become as that since as seems that the darker side overtaking the brighter side meaning Evil-being taking Over the Good-being in their deeds ? It is only when signs like that are shown the earth shake and maybe the whole universe shake that same shake ! After all "The head Key Planet of all those universal planets "The Sirius" is in the hand of God the creator and the lord who is either crediting or debiting our intentions and actions on what was deposited upon us to maintain uncorrupted but rather to go on spreading Justice,Respect even before Love since they say "Some Love do Kill more than hate kills" !!!

    Sorry having got carried away kindly read the links that i found to be very interesting and very informative :         



    April 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • By the Power of Greyskull

      You're mistaken. He-Man is the master of the universe. Look it up.

      April 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Emilio

      sirius is a star not a planet...

      April 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Noah Benzing

      Hello slave, I thought I would help clarify a few things for you with some FACTS.
      Allah is a pre-Islamic Pagan moon diety. The Kabaa is a recycled monument. The Quran is a plagarized Torah and the basis for "Mein Kampf".

      April 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • MP


      April 23, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • DKM

      Mr. Noah

      Allah is the name for God. If you read the arabic Bible the name in there for God is also Allah. If someone is reading the distorded meaning created by some igonrant dumb head ir oa hatter it's theie problem and they must read the right material. By the way Islam is still the fastest growing religion and mostly Christians are converting, especially women and in USA and no one cannot stop it. It's growing much fater than ever since 9/11 after all the hate and wrong stuff out there and this is the present day miracle.

      April 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • DC

      Satan hates all people, and vows to take as many as he can to hell with him on the last day. So he whispers in the Muslim man’s ears to beat and oppress the woman. She is the life giver of to all creatures large and small, with Lord God. Muslim’s listen to this jealous whisper that Satan puts in their ears, and obeys.

      April 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
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