Extremism in the Sharia Law

The Arab League, in the fourth session on Saturday, August 31, started with the discussion of the Sharia Law. It is the law of Islamic religion based on “cherry-picked facts from the Quran” as stated by the delegate of Palestine.

The delegate of Brazil started the discussion with the claim that if children were taught how to “act around the other gender” (sic) then the Sharia Law would not be required. However, “The Sharia Law is in place to provide religious and spiritual guidance,” the delegate of Somalia suggested. 

While discussing solutions for the agenda at hand, the delegate of Saudi Arabia had an ambiguous viewpoint. The delegate indicated that to prevent further funding to extremist groups, the government would track domestic money transfers beyond a certain amount. However, when asked by the Chair how the government would track funding through smaller instalments, the delegate of Saudi Arabia was hesitant. Furthermore, the delegate of Syria said, “The delegate finds it ironic that while working with the Al-Qaeda in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been relentlessly demonizing Qatar.” Therefore, Saudi Arabia is depicting extreme hypocrisy in their stance on the subject. 

Simultaneously, the delegate of Palestine proposed the creation of a subcommittee within the Arab League to provide education to prevent the misinterpretation of the Sharia Law. However, the Gulf Cooperation Council promotes cooperation for ongoing conflicts and therefore a committee may already be put in place for the same reason, as mentioned by the Chair.

Reporter: Rhea Kapoor, Tehran Times

Editor: Anahita Devesi