It’s easy to dismiss Arsalan Iftikhar, an American Muslim human rights lawyer of Pakistani descent who uses the TheMuslimGuy handle on Twitter as something you’ll find under a rock, but the reality is far worse–the self-appointed expert who rails about Islamophobia is an eel living off of sewage.
The apologist for radical Islam, following up on Newt Gingrich’s comments that belief in Muslim law, known as Sharia, should be cause for deportation from America, eloquently but dishonestly tells readers on Time.com that there is nothing to fear about Sharia. In this defense, Iftikhar cites a New York Times Magazine article written by a Harvard professor, and a Yale professor opining in the Times proper.
Wow. I’m so not impressed.
In that Time piece about Sharia, Iftikhar doesn’t mention amputation as a punishment for thieves. But you’ll find it in Sura 5:38 in the Quran:
[As for] the thief, the male and the female, amputate their hands in recompense for what they committed as a deterrent [punishment] from Allah. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.
If you are a Muslim, what do you believe more–what is written in the Quran or the New York Times?
Wife-beating was left out of Iftikhar the Eel’s treatise, but it can be found in Sura 4:34 of the Quran:
Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.
That’s right, strike them.
I could go on and on, but I’ve made my point. But I do want to mention Taqiyya, an Islamic concept that permits believers to lie to infidels in order to advance the greater cause, which of course is the advance of Islam.
To be fair, many Muslims leave the Middle East to escape Sharia and its 7th century legal codes.
What about them, Iftikhar?
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.