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CAIR Op-Ed: What Senators on the Judiciary Committee Should Know About “Sharia Law”

By Edward Ahmed Mitchell & Huzaifa Shahbaz

In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. All praise and thanks belong to God, Lord of the Worlds. May peace and prayers be upon Prophet Muhammad and his family.

What do you know about “Sharia law?” If you’re not a Muslim, this might seem like a loaded question to ask of someone who is a Muslim. But there are actually plenty of circumstances in which it would be appropriate to ask the question. During an interfaith event at a mosque. At an academic conference about religion. Maybe even over dinner with your new Muslim friend.

But do you know when you should never ask a Muslim that question? At a job interview for a position that has nothing to do with Islamic law. Especially a job interview before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Last week, federal magistrate judge Zahid Quraishi — one of President Biden’s first 11 nominees to the federal judiciary and the first American Muslim nominated for a Senate-confirmed judgeship — appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing.

As the chairman of the committee, Senator Dick Durbin received the chance to ask the first question of Judge Quraishi, which was, “What do you know about Sharia law?”…


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