Sharia Talk in Dallas

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Sunday, May 18, 2014- Dallas, Texas ::  It was healthy a conversation led by Sharia Expert Hasan Mahmud and the Moderator Mike Ghouse.

Both are on the board of World Muslim Congress, a think tank to bring out the Islam as it was meant to be – a system to bring about harmony and social co

The discussion involved, and for the sake of record, we have taped 8 videos on each topic.

1.  Mohamed Morsi and Sharia Law
2.  Radicalism free Villages – 20 Villages with sign boards welcoming visitors
3.  Maududi’s Sharia
4.  Slavery in Islam
5. Apostasy
6. Summary
7. Hope for future and human rights
8. Reform trend.

Hasan Mahmud is one of the leading experts on Sharia in North America, and like all great scholars, his knowledge comes from years of pondering over the miseries inflicted on women through the mis-use and abuse of Sharia by typical men.  He has written books on Sharia and made three films about it.

Mike Ghouse on the other hand had walked away from Islam for nearly 30 years of his life for precisely mistranslations and mis-interpretations of Quran and the unjust Sharia laws as practiced. Then in the late nineties he studied Quran, Islam and the Prophet critically and chose to become a Muslim and has created a site on Sharia and extensive sites on Islam and other topics.

Sharia, its genesis, its example and where did we go wrong in keeping a few between Hasan Mahmud, one of the leading Sharia experts in North America who appreciates the

Whether you are a theist, atheist or an agnostic, you may see the element of balance embedded in every aspect of creation be it matter, life or environment.  The earth rotates on its own imaginary axis and circles the sun with precision, and so do the other planets in the universe. When it comes to seasons it appears that, they are programmed to be within a range of prediction. No matter where you sow the tiny seed of wheat, the process is predetermined as to what happens to that seed, so is the human body, one wrong food can mess up that balance. Everything about the nature is balance, precision and harmony.

What does the process (God) that created matter and life want? I believe it wants us to maintain that balance and harmony for our continued existence, it’s our freedom and ability to tune ourselves and our environment to constantly maintain that balance that gives us life. 

What does God really want? Like a mother who wants her kids to do well; like the teacher who wants his students to score A’s, like a chef who wants all her patrons to enjoy her food, like the maker of iPhone who wants all its customers to enjoy the phone to its max benefit, God wants all his creation (life, matter and environment) to function effectively and in harmony and cohesion as he has created. That can be called God’s will and subscribing to that thought can be called submission (Quran), surrender (Bhagvad Gita) or follow (Bible) the creator.

Ever since our conscious life began, there have been a number of individuals from among us, who have worked hard to keep God’s will. The purpose of every religious or non-religious leader was create such societies where no one had to live in fear of the other, or no one was to be pushed out of harmony.

Religion is a beautiful instrument with a purpose to maintain the social cohesiveness among the inhabitants, a majority of people get that right, a few don’t, and those who don’t,  don’t realize that they are working against the balance without being aware of it.

Justice is the one word that wraps God, balance, harmony and cohesion together and that is the foundation of all societies, without justice, things go awry and if not checked, they will degenerate from there. Krishna had mentioned whenever there is adharma (righteousness turned upside down), someone will appear from among us to fix it and Quran talks about God sending a peacemaker/prophet to every tribe to restore trust and harmony in a given society.


Each society, civil or religious has its own code of conduct that it operates on. Islam is no different. Sharia in its simplest form is a how-to-serve-justice manual based on the Qur’an and the Hadith (Prophet Muhammad’s sayings and life examples). Indeed, it is a human effort to understand the concept of justice enshrined in Qur’an for the day-to-day living. Sharia like all other human laws, including the laws of the United States has its own shortcomings when it comes to just applications of the law. However, the world has evolved* but Sharia has a few frozen lakes.

American Muslims have placed their trust in the American justice system and will continue to oppose the kind of Sharia “that is prevalent in a handful of Muslim majority nations across the globe“. The right wingers are duping Americans to believe that Muslims want that kind of Sharia law here in America, they are wrong, no Muslim organization in America has asked for it, none.  I will be one of the first ones, if not thefirst one, to stand up against Sharia for public, however, I support Sharia for personal use of people to square off their conflicts. We are Americans and the law of the land is our law. There is no substitute for it.

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……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Hasan Mahmud :: A music and literary talent, Hasan researched deeply on Sharia la for decades and produced websites, books and docu-movies on Sharia law to create awareness in Muslim societies about its deadly impact. Hasan is :-

    Member, Advisory Board, World Muslim Congress
    Member, American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC)
    Canada-representative, Free Muslims Coalition
    Former president and director of Sharia Law, Muslim Canadian Congress
    Research Associate, Deen Research Institute, Holland
    2 Books, 3 Docu-Movies, numerous debates and hundreds of articles and media      

    interviews on Sharia law

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Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism
, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at He believes in Standing up for others and a book with the same title is coming up. Mike has a strong presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News; fortnightly at Huffington post; and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site indexes all his work through many links.

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