Sharia Law Countries 2019

Sharia law is the laws that are used to govern the lives of Muslims. These laws have been derived from multiple sources, including the Muslim holy book known as the Qur’an and the sayings of the prophet Muhammad from the Hadith.

Under Sharia law, all human actions are regulated. All actions are categorized as obligatory, recommended, permitted, disliked, or permitted. Obligatory actions are mandatory. Forbidden actions, on the other hand, should not be performed. Recommended actions are actions that should be performed but aren’t necessarily required. Disliked actions are looked down upon but aren’t expressly forbidden. Most actions are categorized as permitted, which means that they are not encouraged or discouraged. Sharia law applies to all aspects of life, including public behavior, private behavior, and even personal beliefs.

Most nations that follow Sharia law have their own interpretations. This means that no two nations are exactly alike in what is allowed, what is forbidden, and the consequences for engaging in forbidden actions. However, Sharia law has come under scrutiny in recent years due to what many believe is hard, intrusive, and restrictive laws, particularly against females. Some examples include amputation of the hands as a punishment for theft, the punishment of death for denying the Quran, and laws surrounding the rape of women.

There are a number of countries that use Sharia law in full or in part. Those nations are:

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1Indonesia270,625,5681,904,569 km²735,164 mi²1.28%1.10%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
2Pakistan216,565,318881,912 km²340,418 mi²0.59%2.04%AsiaSouthern Asia
3Nigeria200,963,599923,768 km²356,574 mi²0.62%2.60%AfricaWestern Africa
4Egypt100,388,0731,002,450 km²386,946 mi²0.68%2.00%AfricaNorthern Africa
5Iran82,913,9061,648,195 km²636,203 mi²1.11%1.36%AsiaSouthern Asia
6Sudan42,813,2381,886,068 km²728,022 mi²1.27%2.42%AfricaNorthern Africa
7Iraq39,309,783438,317 km²169,190 mi²0.30%2.28%AsiaWestern Asia
8Afghanistan38,041,754652,230 km²251,761 mi²0.44%2.34%AsiaSouthern Asia
9Saudi Arabia34,268,5282,149,690 km²829,780 mi²1.45%1.68%AsiaWestern Asia
10Malaysia31,949,777330,803 km²127,690 mi²0.22%1.34%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
11Yemen29,161,922527,968 km²203,796 mi²0.36%2.33%AsiaWestern Asia
12United Arab Emirates9,770,52983,600 km²32,270 mi²< 0.1%1.45%AsiaWestern Asia
13Mauritania4,525,6961,030,700 km²397,850 mi²0.69%2.78%AfricaWestern Africa
14Qatar2,832,06711,586 km²4,472 mi²< 0.1%1.81%AsiaWestern Asia
15Maldives530,953300 km²116 mi²< 0.1%2.96%AsiaSouthern Asia