After the revolution: interim leader to bring Sharian law to Libya

October 24, 2011LIBYAMustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council and de fact president, had already declared that Libyan laws in future would have Sharia, the Islamic code, as its “basic source.” But that formulation can be interpreted in many ways – it was also the basis of Egypt’s largely secular constitution under President Hosni Mubarak, and remains so after his fall. Mr. Abdul-Jalil went further, specifically lifting immediately, by decree, one law from Col. Gaddafi’s era that he said was in conflict with Sharia – that banning polygamy. In a blow to those who hoped to see Libya’s economy integrate further into the western world, he announced that in future bank regulations would ban the charging of interest, in line with Sharia. “Interest creates disease and hatred among people,” he said. Gulf States like the United Arab Emirates, and other Muslim countries have pioneered the development of Sharia-compliant banks which charge fees rather than interest for loans but they normally run alongside western-style banks. Libya is already the most conservative state in North Africa, banning the sale of alcohol. Mr. Abdul-Jalil’s decision – made in advance of the introduction of any democratic process – will please the Islamists who have played a strong role in opposition to Col Gaddafi’s rule and in the uprising but worry the many young liberal Libyans who, while usually observant Muslims, take their political cues from the West. -Telegraph
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12 Responses to After the revolution: interim leader to bring Sharian law to Libya

  1. Sad World says:

    This is really sad news and I have compassion for the women now that divorce is no longer possible and polygamy is..! So much for a real revolution!


  2. Yes, this is truly sad for the Libyan people. They thought they had it bad before. So much for democracy.

    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”



  3. Sue says:

    Is their no end for warped governing? Still about power…not people. No progress here…


  4. J.M says:

    That should be the least of our worries, an Islamic Libya will mean a less hospitable place, more immigration of the oppressed who bring their pathologies to Europe and another State supporter of terrorism, another wild card in the already chaotic international situation heading again for 1914.


  5. nanoduck says:

    It is interesting that recently many leaders in Mideast (Saddam Husein, Murbank, and now Khafadai ) have been removed from power and in their place, a government based on is established, similar to Iran. While these leaders were brutal, they had to be to keep the religious radicals at bay or their country would never progress to meet the standards of Western civilization. These leaders served a purpose in keeping their people in line but now they have been removed, their countries will regress backwards toward religious fanaticism and internal strife. This is not very good, especially for the minority Christians and non-Muslims, women, and less radical Muslims.


  6. George says:

    Indeed a very sad day; they have just returned the country to the middle ages which is when and what sharia law was designed for, not the 21st century.


  7. The Watcher says:

    Out of the pot and into the fire….


  8. Humans Eh! says:

    As Senator John McCain said when replying to reports of Ghadaffi’s capture and execution.
    “It’s a beautiful day for democracy”



  9. Michele B says:

    Yes, it is sad, but not really unexpected, is it? Seems that’s pretty much how all the post-Arab spring leadership is going.


  10. Tom says:

    As a muslim i’m very glad about this new situation.
    This means a ban on alcohol and on usery.


  11. Dennis E. says:

    Also, this nation is mentioned in scripture by name that will join other nations that will invade Israel in the latter days. That part of the stage in now in place, need for the actors to take their place.


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