This Is What Life Is Like Under Sharia Law | VICE on HBO

In Aceh, Sharia rules all. In this Indonesian province, hardliners began enforcing Islamic law in the wake of the devastating 2004 tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, telling the survivors that it was the wrath of God punishing them for their sins. Today, Sharia police roam the streets busting gamblers, drinkers, and adulterers, and sending them off to be publicly caned by “executioners.”

VICE founder Suroosh Alvi travels to Aceh and across Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, to experience Sharia up close and investigate its correlation to terrorism, as well as meet those who are fighting back against it.

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43 thoughts on “This Is What Life Is Like Under Sharia Law | VICE on HBO

  1. And this is why I left Islam . And they just keep telling me you just don't understand the truth about Islam, it's you who don't understand the truth about Islam!!! Sorry I'm not masochistic!!

  2. The Mosque staying standing after the earthquake/Tsunami was not a sign from God, it was because it had more funding and therefore was built with stronger foundations and was more structural safe than all the other lesser buildings.

  3. 10 years ago Glenn Beck was on fox news screaming about an Islamic caliphate, and I along with most other sane people said he was crazy.

    skip to now with this shit, and all the muslims invading Europe I'm beginning to see it as an inevitability….not to mention the rise of PC culture in America. I would be labeled a xenophobic racist for sharing my opinion .

  4. Organized Religions can be so dangerous….. They always always start with God, then because it is mankind throughout history adds to Gods word. Why? Men desire power, lust, greed, control etc., and began adding things such as, it’s good to have many wives, or whatever men desire that satisfies the flesh. Power as we’ve seen throughout history is a strong leading force to gather their own people to follow out of fear. Almighty God, does not want or need not one thing this world has to offer. God only wants a person to willingly want to accept his Son Jesus to have eternal life. No hidden rules. Just a relationship with his children. How? Loving others, helping others. Does that sound like too much to do?

  5. The idea that we must respect people's religions is bullshit. I respect your right to follow your religion but absolutely reject your right to impose it on anyone else, including fellow Muslims. Religions do not come from God or Gods. They are man made constructs. Sharia is all about power over others. It is oppressive, cruel, destructive, and regressive, denying facts of the human condition and natural world. These religious fanatics are the bane of humanity. It is appalling Indonesia is allowing these wicked religious brutes to exercise power over others.

  6. I've been to indonesia, to see that the actual criminal rates in this exact province is low. Law is firm, and strong. This is why they say, come and see for urself. Not thru medias. I've been to the so called 1st world western countries, yet I've seen what they depicted to be happened on Iraq. Guns and violence everywhere. Ignorant communities on thievery, robbery and rapes. Freedom is not liberty. Human has it's boundaries. Liberty cuts the rope, making humans "inhuman".

  7. Sharia Law that is implemented on Aceh has actually a good purpose (to make the society obey the religious rules) but how people actually implementing it and interpreting it that make Sharia Law sounds extreme while it's actually not. The imbalance of religious study and social studies made this worsen. I would also like to point out that the sharia law on Aceh has no connection to terrorism. once again, it's the people and their close-minded head, not the rules. May peace be with you always:)

  8. People spend a lot off money on mosques instead of their houses so when they have earthquake or tsunami most the houses will destroy and mosques will stand because they are enforcing with concret

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