Sharia law being taught at Fort Leavenworth

via KU professor teaches Sharia law at CGSC – Fort Leavenworth, KS – The Fort Leavenworth Lamp.

After attending his class on Sharia law, Professor Raj Bhala hopes U.S. Army Special Operations officers will have a better understanding of what motivates Muslim extremists.

“Should they encounter violent extremists, they can look at that person and say: I know that what you’re saying about your own political system is wrong,” Bhala said.

Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law and Rice Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, Bhala recently published a book, “Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a).” He is teaching an elective to Command and General Staff College students through a program funded by the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Bhala, an American Catholic, has practiced international banking law at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which twice granted him the President’s Award for Excellence.

Bhala started his class by explaining that Sharia law, meaning “the path,” has its source from the Muslim holy book, the Quran. Unlike western law, which often has inspiration from Judeo-Christian values, Bhala said religion and law are inseparable in the Muslim world.

“We don’t conceive of American law as a path to eternity,” he said. “It’s not a whole way of life for our public and private behavior.”

Sharia law governs many things such as property law, business contracts, banking, sex crimes, drinking and stealing, and many others.

The spectrum of what Sharia laws mean and how they are practiced vary for Muslims in non-Muslim countries and even Muslim countries. There are supporting texts, such as the Sunnah. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran, Bhala said, Sharia is the source of law. In Turkey, Muslim law is part of the culture for Muslim people, but not the principal source for the country’s legal system. After the Arab Spring, many countries are disputing the way these laws are practiced and enforced, Bhala said.

“Every legal system has this kind of battle — what’s authentically in the constitution and what’s a reasonable extension,” he said.

Bhala said in the case of violent extremists, many times Muslims don’t understand Sharia or are manipulated with advice based on bad or politically motivated legal texts.

“It’s an odd situation where there not only needs to be re-educating in the Muslim world, but also, we need to do the educating,” he said.

Interesting, is Bhala stating that jihadists are just mis-understanders of Islam and sharia and that non-Muslims need to re-educate Muslims about sharia? Is this what we want taught to special ops soldiers?

Related: Muslim Brotherhood creeps into Ft. Leavenworth and more troubling as it’s likely being taught the same way:  Sharia Law taught at about 100 law schools in US – accredited by American Bar Assoc

15 thoughts on “Sharia law being taught at Fort Leavenworth


    • If you read the article, you’d see that Bhala is Catholic, not Muslim. And I think that teaching Muslim beliefs to our soldiers is a very good thing. It allows our soldiers, who happen to be encamped among Muslims, to understand what is going on in the heads of their enemies. If we know what they are thinking, we can anticipate more accurately what their motives and plans will be.

  2. The military needs to round up EVERY Muslim in America and give classes on Constitutional law or hand them a one-way plane ticket to Saudi Arabia!

  3. “Should they encounter violent extremists, they can look at that person and say: I know that what you’re saying about your own political system is wrong,”

    Gee, is that all there is to it?

    I would think the violent extremist will then yell Allahu Akbar, take his AK and shoot you in the head and call you a dumb-fuck Infidel that knows nothing about the Islamic code of Mohammed…“Allah has purchased the believers, their lives and their goods. For them (in return) is the Garden (of Paradise). They fight in Allah’s Cause, and they slay and are slain; they kill and are killed.” [Q-9:111]

    What kind of taqiyya is this moron teaching?
    Extremists consider Muslims who do not follow the Qur’an, aHadith and Sira to the letter, hypocrites, the same treatment as apostates…death!
    My guess is this jerk, Bhalla, is a hypocrite.
    Either that or he just wants to see more American troops killed in the battlefield. The latter may be more truth than the former.

    Here is Muhammad’s code of jihad…extremism…
    “Jihad is holy fighting in Allah’s Cause with full force of numbers and weaponry. It is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars. By Jihad Islam is established, Allah’s Word is made superior (which means only Allah has the right to be worshiped), and Islam is propagated. By abandoning Jihad Islam is destroyed and Muslims fall into an inferior position; their honor is lost, their lands are stolen (lands they’ve conquered and erected mosques in [mine]), their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim. He who tries to escape from this duty, or does not fulfill this duty, dies as a hypocrite.” [Noble Qur’an:2:190 Footnote]

    If a Muslim male does not live by this code he is not fulfilling the wishes of the prophet…”the sixth pillar of Islam”, that isn’t mentioned in the company of Infidels they are trying to convert.

    • You omitted NQ-9:120 which rewards them for any step taken to injure or enrage disbelievers. Plus striking terror in 8:57 & 8:60. Your definition of jihad is from tafsir, not canonical. The legal definition is in Reliance of the Traveller, Book O, Chapter 9.1 ” war against non-Muslims”. Jihad is what Moe did in 70 or so battles. Sahih Bukhari 1.8.387 confirms the jihad imperatives in 8:39 & 9:29.

  4. I’ll tell you what is wrong with the DoD – DIVERSITY!!! It was a BIG concept in the last years of my career. It means if you have two officers with the exact same qualifications and one is a white male and the other is a _________ (fill in the blank with woman, black, hispanic, Asian, Muslim etc) the NON White male gets the promotion. It is a liberal concept that is destroying the US and her military.

    It is one thing to study Shari’ah to “know thine enemy” but that doesn’t sound like what is going on here… Sounds like Shari’ah is being taught to do a snow job on the Army.

    My job fo 20 years in the military was “Religious Program Specialist” and we wer not taught the truth about Islam. I didn’t learn until I jointed ACT for America and started reading a lot of books. Our so called leadership is hamstringing our military by not teaching them the truth because the brass has become big WIMPS and won’t let the truth be taught because they are afraid of being called the R word…or not getting good marks on their FITREPS because of that. What a bunch of spineless wussies!!! Notice all the generals who speak the truth when they are retired – like Boykin… you won’t hear that from Active duty officers.

  5. Teresa Kibbe-Riddle, I suppose I can see your point. It is important to know the enemy’s way of thinking. That is precisely why Thomas Jefferson had a Qur’an by his bedside. He had to understand the Islamic way of thinking in order to defeat the Muslim pirates.

    Still, I hope it is not just another way of showing appeasement.

    They are still a political threat and the goal is world conquest and establishment of an Islamic caliphate, whether they are Sunni or Shia.
    They still despise Jews and Christians and are taught by the Qur’an that we are kufr.
    “You will see many of them befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide.” Qur’an (5:80)

  6. The more we learn about islam the more we should realize this it is a deadlier enemy than communism or naziism ever was.

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  8. Seriously , do they go out of their way to find apologists for islam to indoctrinate the armed forces? Is this on a directive from the anointed one? Does anyone out there remember the definition of a traitor and how they used to be dealt with before the Democrats took power?

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