Is Sharia optional for Muslims?

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Surah 33:36 It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.

Surah 5:48 And We have sent down to you (O Muhammad) the Book (this Qur’an) in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and Mohayminan (trustworthy in highness and a witness) over it (old Scriptures) . So judge between them by what Allah has revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging away from the truth that has come to you. To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way. If Allah willed, He would have made you one nation, but that (He) may test you in what He has given you; so strive as in a race in good deeds. The return of you (all) is to Allah; then He will inform you about that in which you used to differ.

These verses stress that sharia is mandatory, not a choice for Muslims. When an Islamic state has been established, it is imperative that they fight against those who oppose sharia.

Surah 9:29 Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Canadian Imams and groups have voiced their desire for the implementation of sharia, including the group Hizb ut-Tahrir. Other Muslims in Canada have disputed this, one going as far as to say that these Imams that promote sharia should ‘go f*ck themselves’.

Is there a dissonance happening within the Islamic community in Canada? Is there a change, a reform happening with regards to Quranic interpretations?

Surah 15:9 Behold, it is We Ourselves who have bestowed from on high, step by step, this reminder?  and, behold, it is We who shall truly guard it [from all corruption].

 

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