The attempt to proffer God-conscious responses
No really, it’s all been a big misunderstanding. Sharia is
- not just one thing
- a matter of ideals rather than law
- a matter of interpretation
- subject to change
- not all that much about punishment
- full of rules about evidence that make punishment notional
See? Totally reassuring, right? And all those women being whipped or stoned in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan and the like are just having some kind of mass hallucination, because sharia is nice so that kind of thing couldn’t happen.
In short, shariah includes the attempt to proffer God-conscious responses to an ever-changing reality. And in this capacity, many of its rules are subject to change with changes in the circumstances to which it seeks to respond.
Except, of course, when it doesn’t, and they aren’t. But always look on the bright side of life, eh?