Sharia is the law laid out by the Qur'an and is literally translated as "a path to live giving water." It governs five different areas of observant Muslims' lives and behavior, including behavior, morals and manners; ritual worship; beliefs; transactions and contracts and punishments. The intention of Sharia law is to maintain a just and equal society, according to the Huffington Post.
A common misconception is that Sharia law is a way of life forced upon unwilling people. However, the Qur'an makes it clear that a society based on Sharia law can only function properly when the application of that law is voluntarily agreed. Based on this misconception, some wish for Sharia law to be banned in the United States. However, this would be unconstitutional, since it would be restrictive of personal religion, states the Huffington Post.