The meaning, purpose and relevance of Sharia law

The word ‘sharia’ means ‘straight path’.

Sharia law is the law of Islam.

It sets the code of law for Islamic living. Both Sunnis and Shi’ahs have similar interpretations of Sharia law.

Sharia law is based on both the Qur’an and the Sunnah. These are its main sources.

Sharia law governs a Muslim person’s whole life as it is based on revelation from God.

For Muslims, Sharia law applies the insight of the Qur’an to new situations and it explains to them how to properly obey Allah.

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