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Khan Thinks Sharia Trumps U.S. Constitution

Grieving father who lashed out at Donald Trump wrote articles on pre-eminence of Islamic law

Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq in 2004 — who lampooned Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention last week while holding a copy of the U.S. Constitution — has a history of supporting the notion that Islamic Sharia law takes precedence over the Constitution.

Khan attacked Trump for his proposed Muslim immigration ban and questioned whether the nominee had even read the Constitution. Several papers published by Khan, first discovered by Breitbart, found that Khan has a long history of supporting Sharia law over “man-made” Western law.

“The invariable and basic rules of Islamic law are only those prescribed in the Shari’ah,” Khan wrote. “All other juridical works … must always be subordinated to the Shari’ah.”

In a 1983 piece, Khan wrote a review for a book compiled from speeches held at a “Human Rights In Islam” seminar in Kuwait, in which he expressed his admiration for an address given by Allah K. Brohi. In the address, Brohi said human rights include the right of men to “beat” their wives if they act too “unseemly.” Brohi also advocated for Sharia punishments including stonings, floggings, and beheadings.

“The best statement of the human rights is also to be found in the address delivered by the prophet [Muhammad] so often described as his last address,” Brohi said in the speech, quoting: “‘You have rights over your wives and they have rights over you. You have the right that they should not defile your bed and that they should not behave with open unseemliness. If they do, God allows you to put them in separate rooms and to beat them but not with severity.'”

“Divinely ordained punishments have to be inflicted,” Brohi added, “and there is very little option for the judge called upon to impose Hadd, if facts and circumstances are established that the Hadd in question has been transgressed, to refuse to impose the punishment.”

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Brohi’s interpretations also rejected Western individualism and supported “collectivity.”

“The individual has to be sacrificed. Collectivity has a special sanctity attached to it in Islam,” Brohi said.

Khan seemed to have no objections to these extreme views in his book review.

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“The keynote speech of Dr. A.K. Brohi, former Pakistani minister of legal and religious affairs, is a hallmark in this book,” Khan wrote. “It successfully explains the Islamic concepts of ‘right’ and ‘just’ in comparison to their Christian and Judaic counterparts.”

In a separate work from 1983 entitled, “Juristic Classification of Islamic Law,” Khan advocated even more firmly for Sharia law.

“The invariable and basic rules of Islamic law are only those prescribed in the Shari’ah,” Khan wrote. “All other juridical works … must always be subordinated to the Shari’ah.”

Khan also praised two infamous Muslim Brotherhood members as sources in his works: Muhammad Hamidullah and Said Ramadan.

There is no question Khan’s son is an American hero — but Khan himself appears to hold to more radical Islamic notions, particularly on women, that would be difficult for Democrats to justify if they continue to use Khan as a political pawn.

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