Sharia Law Explained

The response to anti-Islamic law bills introduced in 2017 included counterprotests like this one in Seattle. Ted S. Warren/AP Photo

Most Muslims have some concept of sharia, the idea that God has provided guidance for how to live their lives. For many, it is a private practice. The word sharia means “The correct path” in Arabic.

Muslims interpret sharia based on the Quran and other writings attributed to the Prophet Muhammed. Muslims consider Muhammed’s life an example of how to live their lives.

The Taliban

But in Afghanistan, the Taliban recently mandated a harsh interpretation of sharia. Some crimes come with archaic punishments like amputation or public stoning.

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Like most extremist groups, the Taliban leaders have little or no training to interpret sharia well.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Ask God to give Afghan Christians wisdom.
  • Pray the love of Jesus would soften the Taliban.

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