Myth #1: Sharia is "Islamic law."
Myth #2: In Muslim countries, sharia is the law of the land.
Myth #3: Sharia is anti-woman.
Myth #4: Islam demands brutal punishments.
Myth #5: Sharia is about conquest.
In the same way that the Ku Klux Klan's tactics are a poor representation of Christian practice (despite its claims to be a Christian organization), the Islamic State is the worst place to look to understand what sharia says about punishment and the treatment of innocents and prisoners. It's true that sharia permits harsh corporal punishment, including amputation of limbs, but fiqh restricts its application. Theft, for example, doesn't include anything stolen out of hunger or items of low value. Adultery? Yes, corporal punishment for extramarital sex is Koranic in origin, but it comes with an extremely high evidentiary burden of proof: four eye-witnesses. It's a sin but not one that is the business of the state to punish.So, there we have it. We are entitled to our own opinions, to be sure, but not our own facts.
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