Is the Shariah law impractical as even the Muslim countries don't apply them?
One common argument given is that since most of the Muslim countries themselves do not apply shariah laws, it must be due to it's being impractical and unsuitable for the modern world.
But the question to be asked is why is Shariah not applied in most of the Muslim countries? The truth is that the Shariah laws were the only laws practiced in the Muslim world, which comprised of half of the known world of that time, almost for 13 centuries, before the European countries invaded and colonized them. In fact the ottoman empire, which ruled over large parts of eastern Europe, middle East and North Africa for many centuries and officially applied Shariah laws, lasted till the end of the first world war.
The European colonisers after conquering the Muslim world, forcibly removed the Islamic laws from public sphere and government courts, and changed their education systems. These western education systems produced an elite class of name-sake Muslims who were only taught to copy the West in every aspect of life. After these countries became 'free', the West installed these western educated puppets in the government who continue to apply the western laws on the Muslims by force, as most of them are dictators.
However, the fact is that the vast Majority of world's Muslims want Shariah law implementation in their countries.
A Pew research titled 'THE WORLD’S MUSLIMS: RELIGION, POLITICS AND SOCIETY' published on 30-4-2013 on their website confirmed this. This study mentioned:
"In countries across South Asia, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East-North Africa region most favor making sharia their country’s official legal code.
In South Asia, high percentages in all the countries surveyed support making sharia the official law, including nearly universal support among Muslims in Afghanistan (99%). More than eight-in-ten Muslims in Pakistan (84%) and Bangladesh (82%) also hold this view. The percentage of Muslims who say they favor making Islamic law the official law in their country is nearly as high across the Southeast Asian countries surveyed (86% in Malaysia, 77% in Thailand and 72% in Indonesia).
In sub-Saharan Africa, at least half of Muslims in most countries surveyed say they favor making sharia the official law of the land, including more than seven-in-ten in Niger (86%), Djibouti (82%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (74%) and Nigeria (71%).
Support for sharia as the official law of the land also is widespread among Muslims in the Middle East-North Africa region – especially in Iraq (91%) and the Palestinian territories (89%)."
The only countries where the support for Shariah was less in the above survey were those that were previously under the Communist dictators for many decades- the Central Asian and Balkan countries, as Islam was almost completely wiped out from these countries by brute force.
Moreover, where ever the Muslims were allowed to freely elect their government, the Islamic parties that propose to apply Shariah won but were not allowed to rule by the West and their puppets- whether in Algeria or Egypt or Somalia or Afghanistan or Libya or Palestine, etc.
More recently, when Brunei tried to apply aspects of Shariah law, the Western countries threatened it with sanctions.
In conclusion, the Muslim world has followed the Shariah laws for most of its history until the Shariah was forcibly removed from the public sphere by the European colonisers and even in the modern era, the Muslim countries have voted for Islamic parties to implement the Shariah but every time they were denied that by the West and it's local puppets.
The reason is that once the Shariah laws are successfully applied in a country, it will be totally transformed and will provide an example for the whole world to follow. It will mean that the current powerful people and nations who control the world will loose their benefits and undue advantages. That's the reason they have been trying their best to prevent such a thing from happening.