It is too bad that recent letter writers, along with Ben Carson, did not do their homework pertaining to Sharia. They do not understand anything about Sharia.
The five major goals of the Sharia are the protection of sound religious practice, life, sanity, the family, and personal and communal wealth. The acknowledgment of sound local customs throughout the world is one of the five basic maxims of the Sharia, according to all Islamic schools of law.
To what extent do Muslims have to obey the governments of the non-Muslim countries in which they live? To what extent can they disobey or resist those governments?
Muslims living in non-Muslim countries have to comply with laws and regulations of the country they have been entrusted through valid visas to enter.
At the same time, they have to avoid whatever contradicts Islamic teachings. Scholars have stated that those who enter non-Muslim countries have to adhere to their respective laws and regulations even if they entered those countries illegally, and they have no excuse for breaking those laws, since they were entrusted to abide by those laws upon entry into those countries. If they do break the law, they will not be a true faithful Muslim, so says Allah.
It is letters such as these that stir up bigotry and hatred unnecessarily against Muslims living in this country, many who are true and faithful American citizens.
And, no, I am not a Muslim, but I do my homework.
Hilton Head Island