A Lebanese man charged with sorcery and sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia is scheduled to be beheaded on Friday, the man's lawyer said Wednesday
(CNN :March 31, 2010).
This Shariah-based sentence in Saudi Arabia raises several questions and concerns:
- Why did the Saudi system not think to conduct a "rehabilitation program" for this man to treat him from using sorcery (the supposed use of magic). Are rehabilitation programs and soft approaches using art therapy only limited to the terrorists who kill innocents in a barbaric manner?
- People who claim that Shariah is "peaceful" must stop bragging about the "tolerance of Islam" until these barbaric laws are banned in Islam.
- Will the CAIR organization and leading Islamic scholars criticize the Wahhabi religious system in Saudi Arabia for having such inhumane laws that belong only to the dark ages?
- The free world needs to realize that such laws that teach young Muslims intolerance are the root causes of terrorism. A Muslim child who learns that it is OK to kill a human being because he thinks differently (e.g., by practicing sorcery) will become a very suitable candidate to be convinced that it is also OK to kill others because they are different or non-Muslims. We cannot defeat terrorism without ending the barbaric laws that ultimately feed it.
- I am not surprised to see such barbarism that allows the killing of magicians when mainstream Islamic books that are used to teach Islam globally are published in the West, like in London and New York, and are sold on Amazon.com, shamelessly promoting the killing of magicians in our modern times (See Minaj Al-Muslim by Al-Jaza’iri, First Edition, 2001, page 527). Minhaj Al-Muslim is currently available on Amazon.com.
- It will be a good step if the Saudi king intervened to stop killing this man. However, this is not sufficient to address the problem at its roots. Changing these laws that teach barbarism and intolerance is fundamental — especially when we know that the law of killing magicians is not in the Quran.
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