The infection of Islam is continuing to spread as yet another nation has adopted the Sharia as the nation’s law.
The change from civil law to Sharia law in Brunei has been anything but sudden for the nation as Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has been expressing his desire to change over the laws for quite some time. After recently sharing his decision with the public he conveyed, “Theory states that God’s law is harsh and unfair, but God himself has said that his law is indeed fair.”
According to the country, the law will be transferred over to full effect over the next two years. Starting immediately, “those who have a child out of wedlock, fail to pray on Friday or promote religions other than Islam will be forced to go before an Islamic court and could face jail time or fines,” according to Vice News.
The next phase of the law will be implemented a year from now as the government will start dealing out whippings and amputations for crimes of drinking alcohol and theft. Just one year later, the last of effects will come into play as the death penalty could be dealt to anyone found guilty of, “adultery, sodomy or insult the Prophet Muhammad.”
The law will apply to everyone, including the 15 percent of the nation that are not Muslims.
The decision came easily for the Sultan as it, “reflects the pious monarch’s love for Islam and keenness to seek pleasure of Allah. The step is necessary to ensure that the country’s criminal law is in line with Syariah [Sharia] as directed by Allah.”
According to a senior judicial official back in February, even, “indecent behavior,” would be punishable by a fine and jail time.
The United Nations have since voiced their concerns against the nation’s decision as many punishments deliverable under Sharia are strictly against international law. According to Vice News, “Punishment by stoning constitutes torture and cruel and unusual punishment under international law.”
So what do you guys think – is it fair that a religious minority enact its beliefs on everyone just because one who believes in it rules the country? Let us know in a comment below.