German-Egyptian scholar Hamed Abdel-Samad said in an interview that was posted to the Brother Rachid TV channel on YouTube on November 17, 2022 that Islam has been "distorted" from the beginning and that countries that implement shari'a law such as Afghanistan, ISIS, Iran, and the Boko Haram have failed to produce ideal societies. He also said that the Gulf countries are abandoning shari'a law because it is incompatible with their economic interests, and he said that in the modern world, shari'a law has been reduced to the subjects of sexuality and hijabs because there is no longer a slave trade. For more about Dr. Hamed Abdel-Samad, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 8955, 8870, 7421, 7229, 7188, 7123, 7072, 6960, 6759, 6727, 6651, and 6112.
Hamed Abdel-Samad: "Islam was born distorted. I'm sorry but for some, this might be difficult to hear. Islam was born with the seed of civil wars in it.
"It put forward great slogans, but failed to come up with a program for coexistence between nations.
"Afghanistan implements shari'a law with all its punishments. ISIS also implemented the Islamic shari'a when it founded its state in Mosul. Boko Haram partially implements the Islamic shari'a law. Iran also implements the shari'a. What have these nations produced for us? Have they produced ideal societies? On the contrary, the Gulf states that came up with the idea of implementing the shari'a and the Islamic punishments are now shedding the shari'a, because they know that their economic interests do not go hand in hand with the life of the Middle Ages and the chopping off of limbs.
"Islam and its shari'a are dwindling. Show me Islamic countries that are not using 'usurious' banks. What Islamic countries are not using camera lenses? Didn't they say that photography is haram, according to shari'a? Everybody is filming. Even the Salafis are posting videos on TikTok.
"Can they open slave markets and sell slaves there today? The shari'a has dwindled and all that is left from it are the hijab and sex."