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GARCIA: Shariah compliance invades West

GARCIA: Shariah compliance invades West

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Will giving your own children birthday presents soon be obsolete?

Birthdays and wedding anniversaries may not be celebrated under strict Shariah law. Such a practice is banned under the doctrine of "al-Wal wa al-Bara." Loosely translated it says: Love what Allah loves, despise what Allah despises. Allah despises birthday celebrations.

Shariah law is on the rise and the West would do well to take note.

A $2.3 billion chain of Shariah compliant hotels have just been launched by KM Properties. They offer, among other things, separate dining and swimming facilities for men and women. Phase one will be built in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Malaysia and India.

Shariah compliant banks—first established in the Middle East—now dot the landscape of Europe. Since Islamic law forbids lending or borrowing with interest, creative financing circumvents Shariah law.

The banks instead set up lease-to-own deals, layaway plans and partnerships, all meant to protect their customers from violating Shariah law. Buy why worry? All of this is going on half a globe away, right? Au contraire.

David Barzilian of the law office of Norton Rose in London declared, "At some point the big investment managers will set up Islamic funds, both in London and the U.S."

Devon Bank in Chicago already offers no interest Islamic loans. Last spring Harvard University hosted its 8th annual Forum on Islamic Finance. It is sponsored by the Islamic Finance Project of Harvard University Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program.

Heroic Syrian physician-in-hiding Wafa Sultan has spoken out against the Harvard Forum in a taped statement. She cannot speak openly due to death threats from the European Council on Fatwa and Research.

When I began researching this subject, the first week of September, I visited her Web site. I listened to a prerecorded message—warning of the dangers of Shariah law. Dr. Sultan said when she escaped from Syria, "I escaped the hell I was living in."

Later, as I typed this column, I went back to the Web to verify her address. It was gone. I went back to YouTube to listen to her words. They were gone. Who has silenced Dr. Wafa Sultan? Could that also happen to you and me?

Her interview with the New York Times is still available. In an article March 11, 2006, she explained: "The Jews have come from the tragedy and forced the world to respect them, with their knowledge and not with their terror."

Dr. Sultan continues, "Only the Moslems defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them."

In spite of the obvious veracity of her charges, events are trending in the opposite direction. Since 1999, the 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference nations introduced a plan to ban the "defamation" of Islam every year at the godless United Nations. According to the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights they want to enact into law, "all rights are subject to Shariah law, and makes Shariah law the only source of reference for human rights." This effectively negates Christianity, democracy and all the West holds dear.

In the words of former Australian Prime minister John Howard, "Immigrants, not Australians, must adapt. Take it or leave it. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture."

When will an American leader come on the scene who will be an apologist for the American way of life and say no to Shariah law in all of its ramifications?


Anne T. Garcia’s television show "Understanding the End of the Age" can be accessed on Direct TV at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday on channel 376 and 1 p.m. on channel 377. For more information, or to contact her, go to All scripture quotes are from the New King James Version.

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