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Inside Britain's Sharia Courts


Society & Culture  (tags: Sharia law, Sharia councils, discrimination, Muslim women, judgement )

Beatrice
- 199 days ago - telegraph.co.uk
Across the country where there are large Muslim communities, there are now Sharia councils. Some seem to discriminate against women in different ways. Women are required to produce two male witnesses, and it costs a woman at least £400 to get an Islamic



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Ge M. (218)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 12:11 pm
Islamic courts follow Sharia law and, surprise, surprise, they do discriminate against women.

However, the women find it difficult to be able to use an English court as they are not recognised and Muslims are allowed to lie on oath even if they use a koran.
 

Carol D. (109)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 2:25 pm
There should be no Shariah law in UK there should only be one law and thats the Westminster one and if you are not going to abide by that then you should not come to UK
 

Allan Yorkowitz (445)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 3:48 pm
When did Muslim CUSTOM exceed British law?
 

Natasha Salgado (542)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 4:29 pm
Why is Britian allowing such disgusting barbaric caveman laws?? Appalling+shameful. Thanks
 

Ms Noting Commentator (22)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 5:32 pm
‘Sharia courts are not allowed to intervene in matters involving child custody, but Leyton’s website features Sharia rulings on children. One Islamic school of thought decrees a father can take custody of a boy at the age of seven and a girl as young as nine. “I could not bear the thought of such a violent person having my children,” Sonia told me. “What was even more shocking was when I explained to Leyton why he shouldn’t have access to the children. Their reaction was – well you can’t go against what Islam says.”’

This paragraph scared me! The age “nine” for girls instantly had me thinking of this. Of course, I have recently finished this book, A God Who Hates by Wafa Sultan, and that could be why. She cited the quote below. Or, maybe, I believe most Muslim little girls are victims of incest and child abuse!!!

“The Prophet married me when I was six years old and the marriage was consummated when I was nine. The Prophet of God came to our home in company with men and women who were among his followers. My mother came [to me] while I was in a swing between the branches of a tree and made me come down. She smoothed my hair, wiped my face with a little water then came forward and led me to the door. She stopped me while I calmed myself a little. Then she took me in. The Prophet of God was sitting on a bed in our home, and she sat me in his lap. Everyone jumped up and went out, and the Prophet consummated his marriage with me at our home.”
— (in Aisha’s words; Muhammad was fifty years old), Bint al-Shati, author of Wives of Muhammad

 

Ms Noting Commentator (22)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 5:34 pm
I shared this article and my comment on Facebook.

I what Western women to understand what they have and desire not to lose it!
 

Davide M. (0)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 5:44 pm
ty
 

Shil O. (0)
Monday April 7, 2014, 4:12 am
Pigs at the trough

Islamic law is to be effectively enshrined in the British legal system for the first time under guidelines for solicitors on drawing up “Sharia compliant” wills. Under ground-breaking guidance, produced by The Law Society, High Street solicitors will be able to write Islamic wills that deny women an equal share of inheritances and exclude unbelievers altogether. The documents, which would be recognised by Britain’s courts, will also prevent children born out of wedlock – and even those who have been adopted – from being counted as legitimate heirs.
Anyone married in a church, or in a civil ceremony, could be excluded from succession under Sharia principles, which recognise only Muslim weddings for inheritance purposes. Nicholas Fluck, president of The Law Society, said the guidance would promote “good practice” in applying Islamic principles in the British legal system. . . . It acknowledges the possibility of people having multiple marriages.

“The male heirs in most cases receive double the amount inherited by a female heir of the same class,” the guidance says. “Non-Muslims may not inherit at all, and only Muslim marriages are recognised. Similarly, a divorced spouse is no longer a Sharia heir, as the entitlement depends on a valid Muslim marriage existing at the date of death. This means you should amend or delete some standard will clauses.” It advises lawyers to draft special exclusions from the Wills Act 1837, which allows gifts to pass to the children of an heir who has died, because this is not recognised in Islamic law.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 9:41 am
I don't understand how Sharia Law can be allowed.

Surely everyone in Britain has to abide by British law or face the consequences ... don't they? Even people who don't like it.
 

Birgit W. (147)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 2:34 pm
Why Britain would allow Muslims to override their law is a mystery to me. Disgraceful. Send all those Muslim men home to where they came from.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Tuesday April 8, 2014, 2:58 pm
One law should prevail for all, these sharia laws are not just, they are patriarchal in nature, naturally geared against women, very medieval in nature, hadn't evolved to modern times.
 

Julie W. (21)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 2:19 am
Britain has created huge problems for itself by allowing this. It's hard to understand why.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 6:41 am
Noted & posted
 

Frank S. (459)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 2:08 pm
I agree with Carol D.
 

Peta Clarke (27)
Wednesday April 9, 2014, 5:57 pm
Noted and thank you Beatrice for this information. I sure that it is happening everywhere not only England. Very frighting that this can happening anywhere. I am sure Sharia Law discriminating against women is using carried out in secret in other countries.
 

wendy kelly (148)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 10:21 am
What if , in Britain everyone decided to follow their own law,? no matter who it dicriminated against?.- Sorry if Sharia Law doe's not recognise the British Law of the Land. Then the people who wish to follow Sharia Law should go to the land that recognises it, and not try to infringe on British Law .
People in Britain are very angry about Sharia Law being recognised in any way, this is fueling, the "anti Islamic" far right racists platform.
There is alot of secret following, and Sharia Councils in place, in many Countries, The big difference is now Britain has given some legal power to sharia law ! -not good at all . Britain should have taken a stand against a Law that discriminates against Women , and not gone down the sometimes politically correct or should say incorrect path.
 

Aaron Bouchard (129)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 10:48 am
Noted thanks
 

Debra Tate (17)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 5:31 pm
Noted! and UNACCEPTABLE!
 

marie c. (168)
Thursday April 10, 2014, 5:45 pm
There has come a time when Britain must vote for Ukip
So many Brits I speak to think they no longer have a choice the other parties are letting Islam wlk all over them
This article is a disgrace I so agree with Wendy Kelly
We are being forced to join far right racists
 

A F. (132)
Friday April 11, 2014, 12:30 am
I don't have the energy tonight to say what I want to say, so let's just say.. NOT OK!
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Friday April 11, 2014, 10:16 pm
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 5:37 am
"Although they cannot enforce their judgments, these councils control the lives of many Muslim women who may only have had a religious marriage. Even if they had a civil marriage too, some feel the need for a Sharia divorce as a way of moving on with their lives and finding a sense of resolution."

Well, even Catholics want an Annulment of the marriage, and they cost money. So maybe you take what you can.
 

Walter Firrth (65)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 8:47 pm
There is little we can do or say to help England but we must make bloody sure we do not repeat their mistake in our country.Put the brakes on the requests of allah's children now.They either unconditionally accept our laws and customs or shut up or better still get out.
 

Amy L. (92)
Sunday April 13, 2014, 9:27 am
They tried to get the application of Sharia Law passed in Oklahoma too but fortunately we shot it down at the voting booth! Needless to say the male Muslim community was not happy about that. I don't understand how it wormed it's way into the UK - doesn't that now mean It can supersede British law! Britain should repeal the law and if the Muslim community doesn't like it they can simply move and go live in theocratic bliss elsewhere.
 

June Bostock (46)
Sunday April 13, 2014, 9:40 am
Well said Carol D, Birgit, wendy and Marie. THE LAW SOCIETY SHOULD NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO INCORPORATE SHARIA LAWS IN MY COUNTRY. WE ARE A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY . NOT ISLAMIC!!!!!
WHEN IN ENGLAND, ENGLISH LAW SHOULD BE OBSERVED BY ALL !!!! THOSE THAT WANT TO BE GOVERNED BY ISLAM SHOULD LEAVE OUR COUNTRY NOW AND GO BACK TO THEIR ISLAMIC COUNTRY!!! YOU ARE NOT WANTED HERE!!!!!! TAKE YOUR BARBARIC ARCHAIC WAYS BACK TO YOUR OWN COUNTRIES !!!!
 

Scott haakon (4)
Tuesday April 15, 2014, 1:11 pm
The British government has lost it's mind. That is because the lawmakers are disconnected from the average citizen and they are hell bent on multiculturalism. When in generations to come they will wonder why they are having another civil war we can point to this stupidity.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday April 15, 2014, 2:31 pm
This is outrageous! What's next? Jewish courts? Atheist courts? Christian courts?

 
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