What would we think of a man who believed that his wife should be subservient to him, to be obedient to him? What would we think of a man who demanded his right to physically chastise his wife if she did not conform to this? What would we think of a man who demanded that, even if he were hitting her, that divorce rights rested with him only and the marriage could only end on his sayso? What would we think of a man who demanded that his children were his only and his wife had no rights or say over what happened to them? What would we think of a man who insisted that h
Some years ago I had the experience of living under the Saudi implementation of shariah - it was a very different experience. Not to sound dramatic, but it was a fearful experience. One false move and one became very aware of the antiquity of shariah. It is a remnant of a type of barbaric law of previous millennia.
Whilst the Judeo-Christian based legal systems are older, they are not quite as unforgiving as shariah, and they promote ‘one law for all’ whereas shariah does not.
It has long been said, and written, that those who stand in front of a sharia tribunal to have their marriages and divorces ruled upon, are doing so by choice. “It is their right” is a frequent response.
Over the last week or so, we’ve seen several new exemptions made to accommodate both sharia finance principles and halal food.
It was revealed this week that Subway, one of the largest fast food outlets in Britain, has decided to exclude pork and ham from its menu in around 200 of its stores. Furthermore, what meat remains will be exclusively halal – meat from animals slaughtered in accordance with sharia law.
In a statement, a Subway spokeswoman said “All halal meats are certified by the appropriate halal authorities.”
Sharia Compliant Finance (‘SCF’) is a growing area of finance which many UK banks and financial institutions have bought into uncritically. The UK Government has also jumped on the bandwagon and announced that the UK will be the first non-Muslim country to issue lunch a sharia bond. Last year London was the first city outside the Islamic world to host the World Islamic Economic Forum and the government released a document in which David Cameron says: “The future of Islamic Finance in the global economy looks bright.
Islamic State (or ISIS or IS) is without doubt a particularly vile Islamist group. Disavowed by Al-Qaeda for being too extreme, the group emerged in early 2013 and is led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Baghdadi recently declared himself leader of a new caliphate which so far covers parts of Iraq and Syria. Islamic State intends to stretch its caliphate much further – including in to parts of Europe.
As I mentioned in a previous article, I will be addressing, in a series of articles, different forms of violence that we witness today, and will try to find its roots in the Islamic scriptures and early history of Islam.
A concerned lawyer has contacted Sharia Watch having read an article concerning pro-sharia lawyer and practitioner Aina Khan. Khan is a frequent advocate of the sharia system in the UK and regularly claims that she is concerned only about the rights of women who find that their marriages are not registered under English law. She says she is trying to obtain rights for such women, and she uses sharia to do so. But, as this lawyer points out, there are remedies within English law for unmarried partners who face problems regarding property or child custody.
After the beheading of the two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, President Obama made a claim very similar to the one Islam’s apologists constantly repeat with every horrific crime committed by an Islamic terrorist group. He said: "ISIL is not Islamic”, and backed up his claim with two statements:
No religion condones the killing of innocents
The vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim
Domestic abuse is about control and Sharia law has already gifted this ‘control’ to husbands.
The papers are full of stories about how ISIS is winning control in Iraq, Syria etc. But we hear less about how the Islamist ideology is handing control to men here in Britain, and sharia law is placing victims of domestic abuse in vulnerable positions. Under sharia law, a man can utter the words ‘Talaq; Talaq; Talaq’ - meaning divorce - and the marriage contract is cancelled.
Sharia Watch UK seeks to highlight and expose those movements in Britain which advocate and support the advancement of sharia law in British society. We seek to explain and describe sharia law in relation to specific issues – primarily the treatment of women, freedom of speech, finance, and the marketplace.
Over more than a decade following 9/11, MAJ Stephen Coughlin was one of the US government's most astute and objective analysts, and an expert in the connections between Islamic law, terrorism and the jihadist movement around the globe. Through knowledge of published Islamic law, MAJ Coughlin had an demonstrated ability to forecast events both in the Middle East and domestically and to accurately assess the future threat posture of jihadist entities before they happen. He has briefed at the Pentagon, for national and state law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and on Capitol H
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