In constrast, the rules of behavior created by scholars as they try to understand God's revelation are called fiqh.
These rules can change and Islamic scholars have often disagreed about them.
She then wrapped the baby up and placed it in the trunk of a relative's vehicle.
Some parts of sharia are similar to what people in the West call "law", while other parts are better understood as rules for living life in accordance with God's will.
There are several schools of legal thought in Islam, of which the most important are the Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i and Hanbali schools of Sunni Islam and the Ja'fari school of Shia Islam.
However, classical jurists developed very strict rules which restrict when these punishments could be applied, so that in many cases it became almost impossible to convict anyone under these rules.
For example, there must be four adult male Muslim witnesses to a hudud crime or a confession repeated four times, before someone can be punished.
They say that knowing the way to a water hole could save a man's life in the dry deserts where many Arabs lived in ancient times, and that is why this word came to refer to God's guidance to man.
Islamic scholars who lived during the first centuries of Islam developed different methods for interpreting sharia.
Most of them came to agree that sharia rules should be derived from the following main sources: Sharia in Islam is viewed as the revealed law of God, which cannot be altered.
On the other hand, its interpretation, called fiqh, is the work of legal scholars, who have frequently differed in their legal opinions.
On September 7, 2004, the Columbus Police Department obtained a warrant for Muse's arrest on homicide charges.
On October 29, 2004, Muse was indicted by a grand jury of the state of Ohio in the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio, Criminal Division, on charges of homicide, felonious assault, and child endangerment.
This would make it similar to halakha (the way to go), the Hebrew word for Jewish law.