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SHARI'AH - THE WAY TO GOD
by Khurram Murad
The Islamic Foundation
Some people (nonbelievers of Islam) attempt to question the very basis, nature and role of the Shari'ah. For many of them, the Shari'ah is something barbaric and cruel, inhuman and uncivilised, which is trying to turn the clock back on progress and modernisation and plunge the world back into the Dark Ages (as if it was 'dark' in the world of Islam at the time it was 'dark' in Europe!): women will be no better than slaves and non-Muslims treated as second-class citizens. Cut off the hand of a thief; stone the adulterer; veil the woman; this, according to its opponents, is the sum substance of that Shari'ah which is so deeply inspiring Muslims everywhere today.
In this article of Khurram Muram entitle Shari’ah-The Way to God, will try to enlighten the heart of those non-muslim of what is really the Shari’ah means and why Muslim follow it and called it the way of life.
Shari’ah  literally means something like ‘the way, or ‘the path to the watering hole (or spring),’ and refers to divine law or God’s will in Islam. Also means a 'clear path'. It is the path that man, in Islam, must walk as he toils and strives to reach his Creator. It is the yearning deep within to seek the Lord and the Master that the Shari'ah translates into steps, concrete and specific, on the pathways of life. The Shari'ah is the fulfilment of the total man- inner and outer, individual and corporate-as he seeks to live by the will of his one and only God.
Historically, the term Sharī‘ah refers to all the elements of a proper, i.e. righteous life; this includes moral behaviour, proper respect towards Allah, correct belief, personal piety, and so on. In other words, it means the right way to live one's life as a Muslim in conformity to God’s will. 
Shari'ah is the code of conduct for total life laid down by Islam.The Shari'ah includes both faith and practice. It embraces worship, individual attitude and conduct as well as...

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