Law and religion

A discussion of religion can branch into any number of topics, over any number of denominations and sects, about its effects on law and politics, and its role within society. Religion is a diverse aspect of life that has influenced the way a society and culture functions. Whether it is indicating right from wrong from the scripture you have faith in, or simply the reason for various disciplinary approaches. It can effect people and be discriminative causing unneeded drama throughout a society. So therefore, for the purpose of this write-up, there shall be a cursory look at the importance of Islamic religion in the development of the northern part of Nigeria’s legal system and how it has greatly affected the lives of the region’s inhabitants.

Islamic religion has played an important role in the development of the Nigerian legal system. Even though the country is a secular state, most states in its northern part adopt the Sharia law, with its Islamic colorings, as their law. In this northern part of Nigeria, Islamic religion has helped in the development of their legal system. It must however be noted that this kind of religion has greatly influenced lives of the inhabitants of the region.

For instance, in the region, under the Sharia law, a man is forbidden from taking alcohol. Thus, anyone found to have transgressed against this law, is severely dealt with. With this kind of law, people of the region take it as an abomination to drink alcohol, and this has greatly influenced the way people live in the region. Also, it is forbidden for a lady to commit adultery in the region as it attracts a heavy penalty. With this kind of law, the people of the northern region of Nigeria find it difficult to engage in adulterous acts, knowing fully well that it has been forbidden.


·        Rahman, Fazlur. Islam and Modernity. Chicago: The University of Chicago P, 1982.

·        Davidson, Lawrence. Islamic Fundamentalism:  An Introduction. Westport: Greenwood P, 2003.