Libyan Leader Declares Nation Islamic, Sharia Law to be Implemented
Libya’s transitional leader declared his country’s liberation Sunday after an 8-month civil war and set out plans for the future with an Islamist tone.Transitional government leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, who made the keynote speech, did not mention the events surrounding Gadhafi’s end and called on his people to eschew hatred.
“You should only embrace honesty, patience, and mercy,” Abdul-Jalil told the crowd at the declaration ceremony in the eastern city of Benghazi, the birthplace of the uprising against Gadhafi. He urged Libyans to reconcile their differences.
And he laid out a vision for the post-Gadhafi future with an Islamist tint, saying Islamic Sharia law would be the “basic source” of legislation and existing laws that contradict the teachings of Islam would be nullified. In a gesture that showed his own piety, he urged Libyans not to express their joy by firing guns in the air, but rather to chant “Allahu Akbar,” or God is Great. He then stepped aside from the podium and knelt to offer a brief prayer of thanks.
Using Sharia as the main source of legislation is stipulated in the constitution of neighboring Egypt. Still, Egyptian laws remain largely secular as Sharia does not cover all aspects of modern day life.
President Barack Obama congratulated Libyans on the declaration.
“After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise,” he said.
…At the ceremony in Benghazi, Abdul-Jalil outlined several changes to align with Islamic law.
Read the full article here. What does this mean for the Christians living in Libya? And how will this affect the nation of Israel? Our guest today is David Rubin, President of the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund and author of the book, The Islamic Tsunami: Israel And America In The Age Of Obama. Rubin is also the former mayor of Shiloh, Israel, and he’ll join us for a lively discussion!
- Sharia law to be main source of legislation in Libya (csmonitor.com)
- Libyan Leader Declares Nation Islamic, Sharia Law to be Implemented (usapartisan.com)
- Libyan Transitional Leader: Shariah Will be ‘Basic Source’ of all Law (theblaze.com)
- New Libyan Leader Says Sharia Law Will Rule… (conservativeamericannews.com)