Sharia law is really neat to the good folks in North Carolina. It makes sense for businesses and service providers to submit to sharia law. Or else we will sue them. A UNC-Chapel Hill professor sees it simply as ‘Muslims learning to operate within American civic institutions’ and he’s right. Muslims are learning how to convert public, integrated institutions into private, segregated, sharia-compliant institutions right here in America. Contact the Curran Aquatic Center here and let them know how you feel about sharia law and segregation.
“According to the Shariah guidelines [Islamic law derived from authentic Islamic texts] Muslim women should not be without Hijab [hair covering and modest clothing] among men who are not related to them,” Salman Sheikh said, explaining the need for privacy.
“It’s created a lot of excitement,” said Doracy Harrison, program manager at the Curran Aquatic Center. “It’s been really neat.”
For the Sheikhs, the success of the class is a lesson in cultural adjustment. “It makes sense for business and service providers to accommodate the needs of the community,” Salman Sheikh said. “All it takes is dialogue to make it happen.”
Salman Sheikh was organizing a swim class for his two sons last summer when fellow Muslim parents approached him about starting a class for girls.
Sheikh told them he would ask the Curran Aquatic Center in Cary whether it could accommodate a group of Muslims who preferred a women-only pool.
Yes, of course, the leaders of the aquatic center said, and showed him a 15-yard pool that could be rented for $170 an hour.
Problem was, the small pool overlooked a larger, Olympic-size pool, and Sheikh wondered whether the center could provide blinds to cover the windows and shield the women from onlookers.
Sure, the center’s leaders said, but it would cost $3,000 for custom-made blinds. Sheikh was ready to drop the idea. But the Muslim community in Raleigh and Cary wouldn’t let him.
This type of accommodation to the religious requirements of their faith is something Muslims are seeing more. All-Muslim Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops have cropped up across the country. Muslims are entering politics, studying Islam at major American universities, even finding halal, or ritually slaughtered foods, at local stores.
“I see this as sign of Muslims learning to operate within American civic institutions,” said Omid Safi, a professor of Islamic studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Read it all from Muslim women head to a Cary pool as another cultural barrier falls
From the ‘sheikh’s’ mouth – all it takes is dialogue, and America too can be ruled by Islamic sharia law!