That’s the whole point of Sharia. In the first place, it is difficult to impose and maintain limitations on the power of government or ensure its accountability when it is recognized not as a government of citizens by citizens, but as the direct and unquestionably correct implementation of orders from on high.
Add to that the scope of Sharia, in which one may find rules for almost every imaginable aspect of human existence, and also the brutality it allows in order to maintain Islam’s dominance, and it is clear one is dealing with a mindset of “government knows best” on steroids. It is that mentality that drives the clerics’ sense of entitlement to rule.
“Kurds of Iraq May Ban Friday Sermons,” from AINA, January 15:
Secularists in the Iraqi Kurdistan region have pushed through a government ban on the Friday religious sermons, driving an ideological rift with the committed Muslims.
The move by some alleged intellectuals and feminists came after Mullah Farman Kharabaiy, the Imam of Majidawa Mosque in the capital of Arbil, accused a number of leading Kurdish feminists of blasphemy in his Friday sermon, reported Press TV’s correspondent in the city, Matt Frazer.
Those referred to by Kharabaiy have also complained to the police, alleging that the words by the religious authority constituted a direct threat to their lives.
“The main concern here in Kurdistan is that religious leaders think that they must be the leaders of the whole society…,” Mariwan Naqshabani, a political expert told our correspondent.
The parliament is currently discussing a law which would only allow the government to authorize and broadcast three Friday sermons, one from each of the Kurdistan region’s major cities of Arbil, Sulaymaniyah, and Duhok.
“Ninety percent of the people here are Muslim. Those who are gathering signatures and petitioning the government to make this law should consider its acceptance by the majority of the people in the region,” said Salim Koyi from the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan.
“Religious leaders talk about the failures of the political leadership and the absence of government. That’s why even the ruling parties are silent, when religious leaders are attacked by intellectuals,” he added.
Our correspondent said, “Many religious groups are ready to stage demonstrations if the law passes and experts agree that the vast majority of the population would oppose such a ban.”