Archive for the ‘obedience to the law’ Category

Deadly Tradition

July 21, 2010

On March 11, 2002, fifteen Saudi schoolgirls died as they attempted to flee from their school in the holy city of Mecca. A fire had set the building ablaze. The girls ran to the school gates but these were locked. The keys were in the possession of a male guard, who refused to open the gates because the girls were not wearing the correct Islamic dress imposed on women by Saudi law: face veils and overgarments. The “indecently” dressed girls frantically tried to save their young lives. The Saudi police beat them back into the burning building. Officers of the Mutaween, the “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice,” as the Police are known in Saudi Arabia, also beat passers-by and firemen who tried to help the girls. “It is sinful to approach them,” the policemen warned bystanders. It is not only sinful, it is also a criminal offence.

Geert Wilders

This incident was reported by the BBC and notes that even the Saudi media made a rare criticism of the religious police.

“Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” Matthew 15:3

Islam understands religion as law

September 1, 2009

Islam understands religion as law, law as religion…Law, rather than theology, has the prior emphasis in Islam. Broadly, it is obedience to the will of God, rather than fellowship in the knowledge of God’s nature, which is paramount. Revelation is for direction of life, rather than disclosure of mystery – Islam is essentially submission, rather than ‘communion’.

Kenneth Cragg, islam and the Muslim, Open University Press, 1978, p.49