Day 6 of our Understanding Islam series. Sharia constitutes a broad set of rules that guide Muslims on how to lead an ethical life. The way Sharia is interpreted depends on who is using it and why.
Some Islamic nations, including Brunei, have harsh punishments under Sharia. In pre-modern times, Sharia was rarely used as criminal law, and standard of proof for any prosecution was very high.
Brunei’s new anti-gay Sharia laws are the harshest in the world. Yet few countries have publicly condemned them, and an international boycott could backfire.
Brunei’s new anti-gay laws have shocked the world. So, why haven’t governments, including Australia’s, taken a stronger stand against the sultan?
One day the violence and discrimination will be finished in Asia and throughout our region – but in the meantime, there is a need for heroes.