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  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    14/01/2018
    Summary: 

    A group of Islamists will face retrial for setting up a ‘Sharia Police’ unit after the German Federal Court overturned their 2016 acquittal.

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    The Muslim population of Germany surpassed six million in 2017 to become approximately 7.2% of the overall population of 83 million, according to calculations by the Gatestone Institute.

  • Country: 
    Greece
    News Date: 
    09/01/2018
    Summary: 

    Lawmakers in Greece are set to limit the powers of Islamic courts operating in a border region that is home to a 100,000-strong Muslim minority. Backed by parliament's largest political parties, the draft law is set to be voted on later Tuesday. The proposal aims to scrap rules dating back more than 90 years ago and which refer many civil cases involving members of the Muslim community to Sharia law courts.

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    • These extraordinary legal actions are almost exclusively reserved for the punishment of those who have criticized Islam.

    • On the contrary, it seems clear that the real reason for these prosecutions is that people in positions of authority fear violence byMuslims if their critics go unsilenced.

    • The same reporters and commentators who insist that it is absurd to worry about sharia coming to the West are, in fact, ideologically arm-in-arm with those in authority who are aggressively introducing sharia-style laws in the West, prosecuting speech that violates those laws, and issuing dark warnings -- in tones unbefitting public officials in a free country -- that you had better learn to be sharia-compliant or you will be sorry. The real lesson of all this is that we had better learn to be aggressive in our resistance to this proliferation of sharia-influenced prohibitions or we will, indeed, end up being very, very sorry.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    16/12/2017
    Summary: 

    The chief inspector of schools has accused hard-left activists and religious extremists of trying to stop her clampdown on illegal Muslim schools with a campaign of intimidation.

    Amanda Spielman revealed that one of Ofsted’s regional offices has been forced to take additional security measures after inspectors were repeatedly sent extreme Islamic literature. She has also been targeted and received one threatening email claiming that hardline Islamists know where she lives, after Ofsted won a court case against an Islamic school that segregated girls from boys.

  • Country: 
    Australia
    News Date: 
    14/12/2017
    Summary: 

    The Turnbull government has appointed an academic who has argued that recognising religious freedom should include acceptance of a limited form of sharia law to the Ruddock review.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    03/03/2016
    Summary: 
    • Two more public buildings operating under Islamic bond schemes revealed
    • 18th century Admiralty House and property in Southwark takes total to five
    • Ministers accused of hiding truth on properties owned by Islamic financiers
    • Buildings were quietly transferred to finance Sukuk bond scheme in 2014 
    • Admiralty House provided grace-and-flavour apartment for John Prescott
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    Muslims Against Crusades march for 'Sharia-controlled zones' in London.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    30/10/2017
    Summary: 

    A woman who said she fantasised about beheading Katie Hopkins has been convicted for helping plot a terror attack.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    14/10/2016
    Summary: 

    A MAN who runs a secondary school has been filmed saying all people who insult Islam should be put to death. The rector at Al-Ashraaf Secondary School in Ilford, was captured making the hateful comments at a rally in 2013.

  • Country: 
    European Union
    News Date: 
    14/10/2017
    Summary: 

    Legal group Christian Concern has intervened in a case concerning the application of sharia law in Europe. The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights is set to rule on an inheritance case concerning the application of sharia law to a dispute between Greek citizens who are Muslims. The ruling will determine whether sharia law can have supremacy over a member state's domestic law.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    13/01/2016
    Summary: 

    Years of permissive multiculturalism is to blame for the rise of Sharia courts and the Rotherham rape scandal, an academic claimed yesterday. Dr Rumy Hasan, a senior lecturer at the University of Sussex’s Centre for Migration Research, said “do-what-you-want” and “laissez-faire” policies had let immigrant communities live as if they were still in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. This has led to a “psychiatric detachment” from mainstream British culture, he added, which in turn leads to a “social detachment” where minority communities do not mix with wider society.&nbsp

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    04/03/2016
    Summary: 

    The central London offices must be run in line with Islamic principles because of a deal with rich Middle Eastern investors. They demanded the buildings be audited by Muslim scholars and subject to special rules in exchange for lending the Government £200million. The deal currently only covers three buildings - Richmond House, Wellington House and a property on Whitehall - and is almost unheard of outside of the Middle East.

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    08/07/2017
    Summary: 
    • Threats of violence against "errant" women are viewed as "acts of patriotism."

    • "They have come to Germany because they wanted to live in Germany, but they keep trying to turn it into Chechnya with its medieval ways." — Social worker interviewed by Meduza.

    • "Everyone's attention is fixed on the Syrians, but the Chechens are the most dangerous group. We are not paying sufficient attention to this." — Police in Frankfurt (Oder).

  • Country: 
    Russian Federation (the)
    News Date: 
    02/03/2017
    Summary: 

    Sharia patrols have appeared on Moscow streets. Sharia patrols, are groups of young Sunni Muslim, members of a movement that called itself Stop Haram. An activist of the Stop Haram movement, Islam Ismailov, has launched a social project aimed at making Muslims living in Moscow give up smoking and drinking alcohol in public places. The project participants posted their first video named “I am ready to die for Islam” on YouTube channel “Alif TV – about Islam and Muslims.”   

  • Country: 
    United States of America (the)
    News Date: 
    14/04/2017
    Summary: 

    Rashid, originally from Georgia, began making the rounds in the Somali-dominated neighborhood of Cedar-Riverside, telling people not to drink, use drugs or interact with the opposite sex. If he sees Muslim women he believes are dressed inappropriately, he approaches them and suggests they should wear a jilbab, a long, flowing garment. And he says he’s recruiting others to join the effort.

  • Country: 
    Denmark
    News Date: 
    12/05/2016
    Summary: 
    • Bar owners in Copenhagen say they have been threatened by Muslims
    • They say youths in the suburb of Nørrebro have demanded 'Sharia zone'
    • Barkeepers have called on Integration Minister Inger Støjberg for help
    • She visited Nørrebro this week and was sworn at and called a 'Nazi'
    • Ms Støjberg called on Muslim youths to 'get a job' and 'behave yourselves'

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    Hard-line Islamists try to impose Sharia law in East London. CNN's Dan Rivers reports on a continent-wide issue. For more CNN videos, visit our site at

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    In Denmark a group calling itself Call to Islam has declared parts of the country to be “sharia-controlled zones” and its “morality police” confront drinkers and partygoers. In France right-wing vigilantes ran Roma families out of a Marseilles estate and burnt down their camp. In Spain nine Islamist extremists recently kidnapped a woman, tried her for adultery under sharia and attempted to execute her before she managed to escape. 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    09/12/2013
    Summary: 

    Hardline Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary today said two followers jailed for attacking non-Muslims “deserve a pat on the back”. Convert Jordan Horner, 19, and Ricardo MacFarlane, 26, admitted being part of a “Muslim Patrol”, a  group of vigilantes opposing Western culture on the streets of the East End. They told one couple they could not hold hands because it was “a Muslim area” and said a young woman would face “hellfire” because of the way she dressed. Mr Choudary said the men regularly attended his lectures, adding: “Essentially, they didn’t do anything wrong.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    17/01/2013
    Summary: 

    The hooded men, who call themselves Muslim Patrol, have been filmed loitering around English streets and intimidating people.

    They have uploaded videos to their YouTube channel with the most recent three-minute clip causing a stir online.

    "The Truth About Saturday Night", which was uploaded on Sunday, has already been viewed more than 42,000 times.

    It was shot on a mobile phone at night in what is believed to be East London, with a number of men seen shouting 'this is a Muslim area' towards white Brits they've confronted.

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    “There are accounts of Sharia patrols questioning and even attacking” British citizens. Gangs intimidate and pester “those who are complying with British law but not their own.” “Muslim grooming gangs prey upon kafir, namely non-Muslim girls, and regard them as legitimate targets to violate.”

    “Many, if not most, state schools in our big cities compel halal-only menus to be offered, with no alternatives to their children.” Rather than serve bacon, “Holiday Inns now routinely observe Islamic dietary laws” and supermarkets sell insufficiently labelled halal meat. “It would seem consumer choice must now bow before the writ of the Imam.” (They were quick to allow options for consumers who wanted to deviate from a traditional British diet, but they refuse to consider those that wish to return to one.)

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    17/05/2016
    Summary: 

    Sharia loans are to be offered by the Government for first time as a new White Paper attempts to increase diversity in British universities. Muslims are forbidden from taking out loans on which they would be charged interest, but under the new arrangements they would instead pay "charitable contributions" which would allow more youngsters to go to university.

  • Country: 
    Denmark
    News Date: 
    24/09/2017
    Summary: 

    It’s very late to come to this realization, but…better late than never.

  • Country: 
    Italy
    News Date: 
    25/09/2017
    Summary: 

     A 24-year-old Malaysian national was arrested Sunday night for allegedly attacking a couple who were walking hand-in-hand and kissing near an Islamic centre in Rome's Esquilino quarter. The man reportedly told them "you can't kiss in front of the mosque" before pushing the young woman and punching and kicking the young man. The assailant also allegedly attacked police who came to the scene. A Carabiniere was slightly hurt

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    24/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Girls as young as four are being “forced to wear the hijab” as part of approved school uniform in state-funded Islamic schools, campaigners have told ministers. According to research by the National Secular Society, the hijab appears to be compulsory in eight state-funded Islamic schools in England, including three primary schools. A further 51 private Islamic schools of the 176 surveyed by the society also require the headscarf to be worn by female pupils. Eighteen schools said wearing the head covering was optional.

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    18/09/2017
    Summary: 

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    • The Nord-Vest Private School in Copenhagen, came under investigation by Danish authorities during an unannounced visit after teaching materials were found extolling and encouraging young people to commit jihad. Luqman Pedersen, a Danish convert to Islam, admitted to the authorities that the school wishes to create a parallel Muslim society.

    • Two former teachers at the Nord-Vest school described how the children at the school spoke of Danes in terms of "them and us". In a school poetry contest, several of the children composed poems that detailed their wish to beat up and break the legs and hands of the "Danish pigs".

    • "I teach religion, but I was not allowed to teach Christianity. Instead, a visiting imam from Iraq taught Christianity... I could imagine that some of the boys I taught could have been radicalized," a teacher said. The teachers tried to alert both politicians and authorities to some of the problems they had witnessed, but no one would listen.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    11/09/2017
    Summary: 

    An East Anglian MEP believes “extremist” MPs will “infiltrate” the House of Commons and demand Sharia Law.

  • Summary: 
    • Turkey controls 900 mosques in Germany and feels free to say that a "liberal mosque" in Germany is "incompatible" with Islam.

    • Can you imagine Germany offering Iraq, Syria and Egypt to build "200 new churches" to reconstruct the derelict and dispossessed Christian communities there? No, because in the Middle East, Christians have been eradicated in a forced de-Christianization.

    • Christians in Germany will become a minority in the next 20 years, according to Die Welt.

    • We risk losing not only our churches, but more importantly, our cultural strength and even confidence in the values of our own civilization.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    09/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Some teachers are too scared to discuss 9/11 with their pupils as they fear a backlash from Muslim parents, a leading expert in counter-extremism education has warned. Kamal Hanif OBE, who was appointed by the Government to turn around three schools at the heart of the “Trojan Horse” scandal, said that some teachers have a “misplaced” concern that they will cause offence if they raise 9/11 in the classroom. He said that some teachers - particularly those who work in schools with a high proportion of Muslim students -  see it as a contentious topic and shy away from teach

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    03/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Thousands of state primary schools are allowing girls as young as five to wear the Muslim religious headscarf as part of approved school uniform, a Sunday Times survey has revealed. The rise of the classroom hijab has alarmed female Muslim campaigners, church leaders and academics. They say it is divisive, sexualises young girls because it is traditionally not worn until puberty, and should be “fiercely resisted”. Ofsted, the schools watchdog, said there was “growing concern” about the trend.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    08/05/2014
    Summary: 

    It has emerged a majority of New Zealand lamb sold in UK supermarkets comes from halal abattoirs in order to ensure it can be sold to both Muslim and non-Muslim nations. Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer have all confirmed selling the imported meat. This chart shows which supermarkets, fast food chains and restaurants stock sell halal meat, and how it is packaged.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    29/08/2017
    Summary: 

    Ricardo McFarlane, 30, allegedly breached an ASBO that barred him from approaching members of the public "in order to promote sharia law" on 25 March last year. McFarlane and a group of up to 20 other men are said to have set up a stall outside Topshop in Oxford Street and called for strict Islamic laws to be imposed across the UK.

  • Human rights in the North Caucasus[Chechnya]

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    Summary: 

    The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights notes with regret that the specific recommendations addressed to the competent Russian authorities in , which was adopted unanimously with the participation of the Russian delegation, have remained largely unimplemented.

    In the Chechen Republic, the authorities continue to nurture a climate of pervading fear in an atmosphere of personalisation of power. The Head of the Republic has made public threats against political opponents and human rights activists, even in other parts of Russia and beyond. The deterioration of the situation of women in the Chechen Republic through the rigid enforcement of religious norms has continued. The Head of the Chechen Republic actively promotes the application of rules based on Chechen customary laws, adats, and interpretations of Sharia that discriminate against women.

    The committee thus observes that the situation in the North Caucasus region with regard to safeguarding human rights and upholding the rule of law still remains one of the most serious in the entire geographical area covered by the Council of Europe. Systematic human rights violations and the impunity of their perpetrators are bound to foster the further rise of extremism.

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    3.5. in the Chechen Republic, the authorities continue to nurture a climate of pervading fear in an atmosphere of personalisation of power. The Head of the Republic has made public threats against political opponents, human rights activists and their families, even in other parts of the Russian Federation and beyond;

    3.6. the deterioration of the situation of women and girls in the Chechen Republic through the rigid enforcement of religious norms has continued. The Head of the Chechen Republic actively promotes the application of rules based on Chechen customary laws, adats, and interpretations of Sharia that discriminate against women and girls in family law matters, in violation of Russian law. Domestic violence and purportedly “traditional” practices harmful to women and girls, such as arranged and early marriages, and even so-called honour killings, are widespread and tolerated by the regional authorities.

  • Compatibility of Sharia law with the European Convention on Human Rights: can States Parties to the Convention be signatories of the “Cairo Declaration”?

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    Summary: 

    The European Court of Human Rights, in its judgment on Refah Partisi v. Turkey, found it “difficult to declare one’s respect for democracy and human rights while at the same time supporting a regime based on sharia, which clearly diverges from Convention values, particularly with regard to its criminal law and criminal procedure, its rules on the legal status of women and the way it intervenes in all spheres of private and public life in accordance with religious precepts.” 

    Whilst no Member State of the Council of Europe has formally enacted Sharia rules, informal Islamic tribunals reportedly apply such rules, in particular in the field of private law (e.g. family, inheritance, contracts and torts law) to willing members of Muslim communities in several Member States.

    The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam of the member states of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) affirms the validity of the Sharia as guidance for OIC member states in the field of human rights. The Declaration does not recognise equal rights of men and women and of persons with different sexual orientations, limits freedom of expression and of religion only in such a manner as would not be contrary to the principles of the Sharia and stipulates that there are no other crimes or punishments than those mentioned in the Sharia. Three States Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights have adhered to the Cairo Declaration.

    In view of the above, the Assembly resolves to investigate the compatibility of Sharia law, including its informal application, with the ECHR and the implications for State Parties of adherence to the Cairo Declaration.

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    19/08/2017
    Summary: 

    The annual event includes alcohol and nudity which Muslims believe are un-Islamic.

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    But who are we kidding? Of course Barnardo’s were aware of the cultural and religious influences behind FGM. They even stated in the article that one of the indications a child is at risk is when a parent might “mention they are going to a country with a high prevalence of FGM.” But, unsurprisingly yet bizarrely, they fail to go on to list any of the countries to which they refer. Expect people to guess do we, Barnardo’s? Or is this just part of your strategy to appear like you are tackling a serious issue whilst actually skirting around the cold hard truths?

    Rather than simply making an innocent mistake, the evidence all points to this charity actively distorting the reality of female genital mutilation in a perverted desire to remain politically correct. The reason this is so chillingly sinister is because it’s precisely this attitude which has infected police services, councils and social services across the country – in places like Rochdale, Rotherham and Telford – as predominantly Muslim grooming gangs targeted young vulnerable white girls in the full knowledge the authorities were too cowardly to act.

    It was far easier to depict a white girl in Western clothing, despite it having little to no relevance to the issue being debated, than a Muslim child in Islamic clothing.

  • Summary: 
    • London Mayor Sadiq Khan banned advertisements that promote "unrealistic expectations of women's body image and health". Now Berlin is planning to ban images in which women are portrayed as "beautiful but weak, hysterical, dumb, crazy, naive, or ruled by their emotions". Tagesspiegel's Harald Martenstein said the policy "could have been adopted from the Taliban manifesto".

    • The irony is that this wave of morality and "virtue" is coming from cities governed by uninhibited leftist politicians, who for years campaigned for sexual liberation. It is now a "feminist" talking point to advocate sharia policy.

    • To paraphrase the American writer Daniel Greenfield, the irony of women celebrating their own suppression is both heartbreaking and stupefying.

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    31/07/2017
    Summary: 
    • Muslim vigilantes enforcing Islamic justice have become increasingly common in Germany. The government's inability or unwillingness to stop them has led to the rise of anti-Muslim counter-vigilantes. Germany's BfV intelligence agency, in its latest annual report, warned that an escalating action-reaction cycle could result in open warfare on German streets.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    31/07/2017
    Summary: 

    A RADICAL Islamist group facing a government ban has sparked outrage across the country after a senior member gave a keynote speech at the headquarters of Universities UK.

  • Country: 
    Australia
    News Date: 
    24/07/2017
    Summary: 

    Of course. What other than bigotry could possibly lead anyone to oppose the institutionalized subjugation of women and non-Muslims, the extinguishing of the freedom of speech and the freedom of conscience, the death penalty for apostasy and much more? Concern for human rights? Pah! It’s “Islamophobia”!

  • Country: 
    Australia
    News Date: 
    14/07/2017
    Summary: 

    THE most prestigious law school in Australia has two courses which call for elements of sharia law to be recognised in the mainstream legal system — including allowances for polygamy and lowering the age of consent. One of the Sydney University courses, Muslim Minorities And The Law, is taught by Salim Farrar and Dr Ghena Krayem and it uses a book the pair wrote as “the monograph upon which the unit of study bases its teaching”.

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    09/07/2017
    Summary: 

    Islamist gangs are using violence and intimidation to enforce Shariah law in parts of Germany, particularly against Chechen and Chechen-origin women in Berlin, according to reports. Der Taggespiegel  that a threatening video of an armed man in a hood has been circulating in the Chechen community since March 2017 th

  • Country: 
    United States of America (the)
    News Date: 
    17/12/2016
    Summary: 

    Costco is being sued by a former employee for religious discrimination. Jean Camara told ABC 7 that when he refused to work with pork, he was told to work outside gathering carts. "Just because you have a different belief, that doesn't give anybody the right to treat you different," said Camara. Camara, a devout Muslim, worked at the Costco in Sunset Park Brooklyn, New York, in September of 2012 as a cashier’s assistant. When pork came across the conveyor belt, Camara refused to handle the product because his religious beliefs forbid him from tou

  • Country: 
    Germany
    News Date: 
    08/07/2017
    Summary: 
    • Threats of violence against "errant" women are viewed as "acts of patriotism."

    • "They have come to Germany because they wanted to live in Germany, but they keep trying to turn it into Chechnya with its medieval ways." — Social worker interviewed by Meduza.

    • "Everyone's attention is fixed on the Syrians, but the Chechens are the most dangerous group. We are not paying sufficient attention to this." — Police in Frankfurt (Oder).

  • Country: 
    India
    News Date: 
    05/07/2017
    Summary: 

    “What began as a protest soon escalated into a violent roving mob ransacking houses of the majority Hindu community in the district. It is believed that dozens of businesses, houses, and at least six police vehicles, were torched by a mob in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district….Blockades are on in at least 60 places in Basirhat and incidents of police being beaten up are also being reported.”

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     »  » British Law and Sharia Law

    British Law and Sharia Law

    The law of the land and alien legal systems: can they co-exist? A Matter of Allegiance.]

    Posted on March 19, 2017 by  in  // 33 Comments

    It’s important to talk about the law and to clarify what we mean. If we say “the law” we tend to mean the law of the land. So if I’m in Britain and I say “the law”, I mean British Law, the law that governs Britain.

    Upon questioning about the presence of sharia law in the UK, the government response has essentially been that there is no sharia law in the UK. What this means is that because sharia law does not have the weight of state behind it, i.e. the state does not enforce sharia law, there is no sharia law. But there is.

    Sharia is not ‘the law’, but it is a set of laws. Sharia law exists in an objective form, as a set of laws, and is adhered to across the world – often imposed by islamic nation states. Just like membership of an association obliges us to obey the laws of that association, sharia law, for many, is to be obeyed in order to be a devout Muslim. Vast numbers of Muslims take that requirement very seriously.

    It’s unfair to claim that sharia law is always a choice, for many it isn’t. Apostasy is widely condemned in even the most ‘moderate’ Muslim communities, and people take great risks if they question Islam. But even if sharia was a choice, even if an individual does choose sharia law, should they be able to in the UK? Should that choice be available? The answer has to be no. Sharia, or other sets of laws, should not be available for use if they run contrary to the law of the land.

    The Law governs our practical daily life in areas such as driving or taxes, but it is also a reflection of our morals as a nation and a people. It is a reflection of what we believe to be moral and right. One of its primary functions is to protect. Who is protected and from what, is derived from our common morals and values.

    The Law prohibits violent physical assault as a criminal offence so we can protect ourselves from violent physical assault, but also to reflect our moral position that we believe violent physical assault is wrong. The Law prohibits sexual engagement with minors so we can protect minors from sexual exploitation and abuse, but also to reflect our common moral position that sex with minors is wrong.  

    The Law of the land is built on several foundational and fixed principles that don’t change as new laws are introduced.  Fundamental principles in criminal law for example don’t change: the standard of proof is beyond reasonable doubt, the burden of proof is on the state etc.

    Family law, the area of law most pertinent when discussing sharia law in the UK, is of the most fundamental importance. Family law also demonstrates who we are as people, what kind of society we seek to be. Like criminal law, there are fundamental principles in family law. Like criminal law, family law principles are consistent, there aren’t exceptions made when new laws are introduced. For example, the equal rights of the parties to a family law dispute don’t change. A husband and a wife have the same status in law, their word carries the same weight. This is fundamental. Also fundamental is the status of children in disputes, the fundamental principle being that the best interests of the child is paramount in any decision involving that child.

    Family law determines the status of women (in the family) and of children. In the UK, the woman is equal to the man, and the child’s protection is paramount. We cannot veer from these principles – it is against the spirit of British Law that reflects who we are.

    Given this, can we allow a system of laws to be practiced, if they are not consistent with the spirit of our law or the principles on which it is built? No, we cannot.

    Sharia law is inconsistent with the spirit of our British Law and its principles. In deciding on a case involving a Lebanese mother who would lose her children under sharia if deported to her home country, the House of Lords called it “wholly incompatible” with human rights legislation.

    Many politicians will argue that sharia is not being practiced in Britain, but it is. It has pseudo court rooms, judges, parties, and a decision. The decision might not be binding according to British Law, but it is binding according to sharia law, and that is what gives it its power.

    In sharia family law, a wife is worth less than her husband. She cannot divorce of her volition, even if she is subject to violence and abuse. Her testimony in a family law dispute is worth only half of her husband’s. This is intended to make it as difficult as possible for women to ‘win’ in any family law dispute. The reason for this is simply because the Koran deems women to be worth less than men.

    Furthermore, in sharia family law, the best interests of the child are not paramount – again in defiance of the standards, principles, and spirit of British Law. The best interests of the child do not come first in sharia because Islam deems that children are the property of their fathers, who has sole power over their lives. Mothers have no input and no rights.

    In the practice of sharia law here in Britain, decisions as to child custody are being made. This inevitably means that children will be placed with their fathers irrespective of circumstances, including if he is violent. Because mothers have no rights, they can’t stop this.

    Sharia law practice takes on different guises in Britain, including under powers of the Arbitration Act. The Arbitration Act allows parties to a dispute to agree to appoint a ‘judge’ and agree to be bound by the decision.

    Arbitration per se is not a problem. In principle, it is a legitimate way for free people to conduct their affairs. But the law itself, i.e. the Arbitration Act itself, places restrictions on this practice that ensure arbitration adheres to the principles of British Law. For example, the Arbitration Act requires that arbitration be fair, impartial, and in the public interest.

    Sharia law is not fair, not impartial, and given its terrible treatment of women and children, it is hardly in the public interest.

    For the most part however, sharia councils operate as charities.  The problem here is that charity laws tend to view religion as a force for good. It does so without examining the detail of what the religion teaches. Across the board, in public life, religions are deemed to be essentially the same, and are deemed to encourage moral behaviour.

    If we are going to oppose sharia law, and we should, we must stop designating unquestioning privilege to religion. We must look at what the religion teaches and the impact these teachings can have on its followers. 

    We must also stop pretending that there is nothing specific to sharia that should worry us. There is. It is a system predicated on female subservience, on violent punishment, on oppression, on arbitrary whims of clerics, and on complete disregard for the rights of children.

    Sharia is not compatible with Britain; it’s not compatible with our social values, our legal principles, or who we are as a nation. Its practice should therefore not be permitted. The fundamental principles of British Law should instead be upheld as supreme.  

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    11/05/2017
    Summary: 

    The Royal Mint has become the first mint worldwide to achieve compliance with the Shari’ah Standard on Gold for retail sales of its gold and silver bullion coins and bars, enabling it to serve an even wider audience of investors via trading site . The move is part of the organisation’s strategy to be seen as the ‘complete bullion solution’ – offering a comprehensive range of bullion products that are suitable for a variety of investors.

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