Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, Founder and Chair of KARAMAH – Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, was appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) as a Czar in June, 2011. She is an Islamic scholar and a strong defender of Sharia/Islamic law.
She has a whitewashed view of her religion, believes Jefferson and other Founding Fathers acquired many of their ideas from the Quran, particularly that of religious freedom (editor’s note -Islam promotes religious freedom?).
I don’t doubt that Jefferson read the Quran in that he was a scholar and voracious reader, and there is no question that the Quran includes many good ideas. However, Jefferson believed in actual religious freedom with a state that was free of religious influence in government.
Dr. Azizah insists Islamic/Sharia law is superior to American law. She equates Sharia law with the Constitution and Democracy. She has stated that Decmocracy allows for choosing a leader, and the Quran chooses the Prophet as the Head of State so they are in sync.
From Front Page: According to Al-Hibri, “Islamic fiqh is deeper and better than Western codes of law”. She favorably compares Saudi Arabia’s willingness to accept blood money bribes to excuse a murder, to the “impersonal and powerful” American justice system. Al-Hibri is often billed as a Muslim feminist, but she is equally hypocritical on women’s rights. Rather than conceding that Islamic law discriminates against women, she whitewashes its discriminatory treatment of women, arguing that guardianship is meant to protect “inexperienced women”.
Rather than trying to bring Islam in line with the modern world, Azizah Al-Hibri pushes for the modern world to be brought in line with Islam. Rather than reforming Islam, it is America that she would like to reform to Islamic standards. Placing a woman who believes that American law is inferior to that of the Koran on an American commission to promote international religious freedom perverts the purpose of the commission and promotes religious tyranny instead.
Given a forum to call for reform, Al-Hibri unerringly insists that there is nothing to reform. At the UN, Al-Hibri expressed outrage that the Koran, which “established acceptance of others, now needed to be defended” and insisted that Islam “guaranteed freedom of thought”… Read here: Front Page
In this video, she subtly portrays the connections between Jefferson and the Quran. She refers to the concept of no coercion in religion. Unfortunately, the concept she discusses, no compulsion in religion, has many meanings among Muslims. It can range from religious tolerance to a license to kill (Fatwahs). Read more here: Compulsion in religion explained.