Britain has 85 sharia courts: The astonishing spread of the Islamic justice behind closed doors

* Instantly, the Bunglawussi comes out shrieking: “More hysteria over Sharia courts” and seeks to discredit the author of the report as a “science fiction” writer who “should stick to his day job…”

The Muslim Council in Britain condemned the study for ‘ stirring up hatred’.

* Translation: oppose us and we hate you even more…

85 Sharia courts now operating in Britain

According to the think tank Civitas, “Among the rulings … we find some that advise illegal actions and others that transgress human rights standards as they are applied by British courts.”

But to intervene would be “Islamophobic.” It might “radicalize” people. The next question is: In the course of setting up Sharia courts, did authorities establish any process for shutting them down, or did they assume that simply wouldn’t be necessary?

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“85 sharia courts in UK, says report,” from the Press Association, June 29, via JW:  One Sharia Law for All: The astonishing figure is 17 times higher than previously accepted.

There are as many as 85 sharia courts operating in Britain, according to a new report.

Academic Denis MacEoin, the report’s author, said the existence of the courts practising Islamic law could lead to different legal standards being applied to Muslim and non-Muslim citizens.

He said many of the courts operate out of mosques and their rulings are closed off to non-Muslims.

A recipe for disaster, as transparency is a key characteristic of good government. If the courts have something to hide, there is a problem (even beyond the problems inherent in the letter of Sharia law) that should be investigated and exposed.

In previous reports it was claimed there were only five sharia courts in the UK, working in London, Manchester, Bradford, Birmingham and Nuneaton.

He said: “This is not a matter of eating halal meat or seeking God’s blessing on one’s marriage. It is a challenge to what we believe to be the rights and freedoms of the individual, to our concept of a legal system based on what parliament enacts, and to the right of all of us to live in a society as free as possible from ethnic-religious division or communal claims to superiority and a special status that puts them in some respects above the law to which we are all bound.”

His report, published by the think-tank Civitas, includes a list of previous sharia judgements which he believes give an indication of the type of ruling being handed down by the courts working in the UK.

Among the examples quoted are laws banning a Muslim woman from marrying a non-Muslim unless he converts to Islam and the removal of a wife’s property rights in the event of divorce.

The report states: “Among the rulings … we find some that advise illegal actions and others that transgress human rights standards as they are applied by British courts.”

Below is the whole thing from Mail Online:


Britain has 85 sharia courts: The astonishing spread of the Islamic justice behind closed doors

 

By Steve Doughty

At least 85 Islamic sharia courts are operating in Britain, a study claimed yesterday. The astonishing figure is 17 times higher than previously accepted.

The tribunals, working mainly from mosques, settle financial and family disputes according to religious principles. They lay down judgments which can be given full legal status if approved in national law courts. 

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Disputes: Islamic leaders rule on disagreements

However, they operate behind doors that are closed to independent observers and their decisions are likely to be unfair to women and backed by intimidation, a report by independent think-tank Civitas said.

Commentators on the influence of sharia law often count only the five courts in London, Manchester, Bradford, Birmingham and Nuneaton that are run by the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, a body whose rulings are enforced through the state courts under the 1996 Arbitration Act.

But the study by academic and Islamic specialist Denis MacEoin estimates there are at least 85 working tribunals.

The spread of sharia law has become increasingly controversial since its role was backed last year by Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice who stepped down last October.

Dr Williams said a recognised role for sharia law seemed ‘unavoidable’ and Lord Phillips said there was no reason why decisions made on sharia principles should not be recognised by the national courts.

But the Civitas report said the principles on which sharia courts work are indicated by the fatwas – religious decrees – set out on websites run by British mosques.

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Controversial comments: Dr Rowan Williams said a recognised role for sharia law seemed ‘unavoidable’

Mr MacEoin said: ‘Among the rulings we find some that advise illegal actions and others that transgress human rights standards as applied by British courts.’

Examples set out in his study include a ruling that no Muslim woman may marry a non-Muslim man unless he converts to Islam and that any children of a woman who does should be taken from her until she marries a Muslim.

Further rulings, according to the report, approve polygamous marriage and enforce a woman’s duty to have sex with her husband on his demand.

The report added: ‘The fact that so many sharia rulings in Britain relate to cases concerning divorce and custody of children is of particular concern, as women are not equal in sharia law, and sharia contains no specific commitment to the best interests of the child that is fundamental to family law in the UK.

‘Under sharia, a male child belongs to the father after the age of seven, regardless of circumstances.’

It said: ‘Sharia courts operating in Britain may be handing down rulings that are inappropriate to this country because they are linked to elements in Islamic law that are seriously out of step with trends in Western legislation.’

The study pointed out that the House of Lords ruled in a child custody case last year that the sharia rules on the matter were ‘arbitrary and discriminatory’. 

And a 2003 judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg said it was ‘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.’

However last year Justice Minister Bridget Prentice told MPs that ‘if, in a family dispute …the parties to a judgment in a sharia council wish to have this recognised by English authorities, they are at liberty to draft a consent order embodying the terms of the agreement and submit it to an English court.

‘This allows judges to scrutinise it to ensure it complies with English legal tenets.’

Decisions from sharia tribunals can be presented to a family court judge for approval with no more detail than is necessary to complete a two page

form. The sharia courts in the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal are recognised as courts under the Arbitration Act. This law, which covers Jewish Beth Din courts, gives legal powers to a tribunal if all parties involved accept its authority. 

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The Civitas study said the Islamic courts should no longer be recognised under British law.

Its director Dr David Green said: ‘The reality is that for many Muslims, sharia courts are in practice part of an institutionalised atmosphere of intimidation, backed by the ultimate sanction of a death threat.’

The Muslim Council in Britain condemned the study for ‘ stirring up hatred’.

* Translation: oppose us and we hate you even more…

A spokesman said: ‘Sharia councils are perfectly legitimate. There is no evidence they are intimidating or discriminatory against women. The system is purely voluntary so if people don’t like it they can go elsewhere.’

Patrick Mercer, Tory MP for Newark and chairman of the Commons counter-terrorism sub committee, said: ‘We have an established law of the land and a judiciary. Anything that operates otside that system must be viewed with great caution.

‘If crimes are going unreported to police, this will erode the authority of those who have to enforce our law. In a sovereign state there must be one law, and one law only.’

Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley, said: ‘Everyone should be deeply concerned about the extent of these courts.

‘They do entrench division in society, and do nothing to entrench integration or community cohesion. It leads to a segregated society.

‘There should be one law, and that should be British law. We can’t have a situation where people can choose which system of law they follow and which they do not.

‘We can’t have a situation where people choose the system of law which they feel gives them the best outcome. Everyone should equal under one law.’

Veteran Tory Lord Tebbit provoked anger among Muslims earlier this month by comparing Islamic sharia courts to gangsters.

He likened the tribunals to the ‘system of arbitration of disputes that was run by the Kray brothers’.

Lord Tebbit told the Lords: ‘Are you not aware that there is extreme pressure put upon vulnerable women to go through a form of arbitration that results in them being virtually precluded from access to British law?’ 

Warning that women could be shut out from the protection of the law, he asked Justice Minister Lord Bach: ‘That is a difficult matter, I know, but how do you think we can help those who are put in that position?’

4 thoughts on “Britain has 85 sharia courts: The astonishing spread of the Islamic justice behind closed doors”

  1. Women do not get a fair deal under sharia – there should be only one law and that is British law in the UK. The spineless social engineers (cowards) who have let the people of the UK down, and who have sold their country to the muslim invader, should be tried for treason – remember Edward I.

  2. Welcome to sharia Britain. I bet Rowan Williams is wetting his pants with joy-jizz over how far along his infil-TRAITORS have come in such a short time!

    @Sheik:

    I do sincerely wish you would stop putting his picture up on your site, his very image and his gloating, smug marxist mannerisms make me feel physically sick! It is time to reclaim the Church of England from these political pawns, and time to reclaim England itself from the PC politicians, most of which are entirely unelected and are using their position of power for the most unethical of social experiments. That, sadly is all England is these day. Force a load of people together, whose moral and cultural backgrounds are at odds with each other, and lets see sparks fly. To put a friendly face to it we’ll call it multi-culturalism and ignore the clash of civilisations, and lets say it benefits society, you know, everyone loves a curry. But lets push the increase in murders and rapes under the carpet.

    Everyone’s a winner, except for the historically native Brits who just have to swallow it with typically British stoicism!

    You can only push a Lion so far, and when it retaliates, it will bite your fucking head off! I fully expect a violent revolt in the near future, it has been seen in the Luton anti-jihad protests, and as expected it was full of working class white lads. The very same working class white lads who are derided as chavs by the political elite. coincidence? I think not, we are deliberately being demonised, as we will be the first line of defence when it comes to take back our country!

  3. Well DC,
    When the Lion gets serious let me know – I will be there This problem is getting out of hand and resolution is required soon. .

  4. The mail and the rest of the UKs Dhimmi media failed to mention the most important piece.
    That of the religious duty of all muslims is to fight the BRITISH and AMERICAN’S.
    I’d call that Colluding with the enemy, keeping the trusting British people believing islam really does mean peace.
    The only site apart from Civitas to tell the whole truth is the BNP.

    Muslims in Britain Have Religious Duty to “Fight the British and Americans” says New Sharia Court Exposé
    June 29, 2009 by BNP News
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    Muslims living in Britain are under orders from Sharia courts to regard “fighting with Britons and Americans as a religious duty” a shocking new report on Sharia courts in Britain has claimed.

    Issued by independent think tank Civitas, the new report, called “Sharia Law or ‘One Law for All’?” and authored by Islamic specialist Denis MacEoin, also says that there are now around 85 Sharia courts in Britain.

    The open declaration of war – Jihad – against ordinary British and American people by Islamic law courts is a damning indictment of the treason committed by the Tory and Labour parties in allowing millions of Muslims to settle in Britain.

    In addition to the horrifying declaration of holy war against British and American people, the Sharia courts operating in Britain have also ordered that:

    – Sharia law must override the judgements of British courts;

    – Muslims living in this country are under orders to disobey Britain’s laws when it contradicts Islamic values;

    – Muslims are forbidden to take out insurance, even if required by (UK) law.

    – There is no requirement to register a marriage according to the law of the country;

    – Polygamous marriage (that is, two to four wives) is legal; and

    – A Muslim lawyer has to act contrary to UK law where it contradicts Sharia.

    According to a press release issued today by Civitas, the courts operate inside the rapidly spreading network of mosques throughout Britain.

    In the press release, Mr MacEoin wrote that it is extremely difficult to find out what goes on in these 85 courts, so he has relied on a range of fatwas issued by popular online fatwa sites, run out of or accessed through mosques in the UK as an indication of the sort of rulings these Sharia courts are making.

    Only five of the Sharia law courts are publicly known and run by the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, a body whose rulings are enforced through the state courts under the 1996 Arbitration Act.

    However, Mr MacEoin said that “Sharia courts should not be recognised under the Arbitration Act.

    “Sharia courts operating in Britain may be handing down rulings that are inappropriate to this country because they are linked to elements in Islamic law that are seriously out of step with trends in Western legislation,” Mr MacEoin wrote.

    The revelation that Sharia rulings or fatwas are being enforced through state courts by the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal (MAT) has alarmed many, especially as the Arbitration Act, under which this takes place, specifically excludes divorce and childcare cases.

    “Under most interpretations of Islam a person who leaves the faith is an apostate who can be put to death. While this threat remains, it cannot be accepted that Sharia councils are nothing more than independent arbitrators guided by faith,” the Civitas press release continued.

    “The reality is that for many Muslims, Sharia courts are in practice part of an institutionalised atmosphere of intimidation, backed by the ultimate sanction of a death threat. The underlying problem is that Sharia law reflects male-dominated Asian and Arabic cultures. It cannot therefore be accepted as a legally valid basis even for settling private disagreements in a country like ours, where our law embodies the equal legal status of everyone, regardless of race, gender or religion.”

    Mr MacEoin wrote in his conclusion that the “introduction of Sharia law into this country is a recipe for a dichotomous legal system that holds Muslims and non-Muslims to different standards.

    “This is not a matter of eating halal meat or seeking God’s blessing on one’s marriage. It is a challenge to what we believe to be the rights and freedoms of the individual, to our concept of a legal system based on what Parliament enacts, and to the right of all of us to live in a society as free as possible from ethnic-religious division or communal claims to superiority and a special status that puts them in some respects above the law to which we are all bound.”

    * In their coverage of the Civitas press release, all of the mainstream media deliberately suppressed the part dealing with the Sharia courts’ declaration of Jihad against British and American people.

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