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Jakarta Post

Islamic law is not as perfect as many Muslims insist

  • Arif Maftuhin

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, December 11 2009   /  11:00 am

If a secular law failed, then blame the law. When Islamic law fails, blame the stupid human behind the law who cannot carry out Divine Will. I certainly disagree with these propositions; however, this is what some Indonesian Muslims believe.Just recently, I watched a live-to-air Islamic sermon (I was expecting the news, not this live preaching) on TV. The topic revolved around the conflict between antigraft body KPK and the National Police, and how Islam would respond. A phone-caller said, “The chaotic events in our legal system are a reminder from God Almighty that secular law will not solve problems. So, return to Sharia and believe me, God will guide and save us.” The preacher, a well-known Islamic “televangelist” said there was a need to return to God in such a crisis.On the contrary, when an Islamic project fails, the proponent of Islamic law will argue that the imperfect go...