Sharia Law Takeover?

875413_balance.jpgAssalaamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Well now that the whole furore has died down and everybody seems to be thinking calmly again, it is time for Hidayah Blog to tackle the all important issue of the Sharia Councils in Britain.

What we must remember here is that Shariah law is not here to undermine English law in any way – not at all. And also that Shariah law does not give any British Muslim the right to stop obeying English law – we all live in England so the rules apply to all of us, irrespective of colour, race or creed.

However, we must be conscious of the fact Shariah law does apply to Muslims wherever they are in the world, and that means British Muslims as well. So in reality, what this means is that British Muslims must live according to the law of the land and also according to the dictates of Shariah.

This is really not so hard, when you consider that this has been done by practising Muslims living in Britain for years now – it is part of our daily routine.

So what do these Shariah Councils do?

In a nutshell, when Muslims get married, as well as getting a civil Registry marriage, they must also perform the Nikah (marriage ceremony) which is a practice of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), otherwise they are not Islamically married.

Therefore, if the couple divorce, not only do they have have to have a Decree of divorce granted by a Judge, but they must also divorce, or separate, Islamically – and quite simply, the Shariah Council helps the couple to do that.

There is no undermining of the English legal system, and I personally am aware that the Shariah Council in Dewsbury makes an active effort to work alongside solicitors and has been doing so for the last 15 years.

Unfortunately, once again, the press has done its job in distorting and hiding the truth, and has whipped up a mass frenzy around the Archbishop’s comments. We at Hidayah Blog believe that the Archbishop’s comments should be considered with a cool head and allow this debate to open issues of concern to all the citizens of the UK.

Otherwise, all such concerns of Muslim Communities are unnecessarily exploited by devisive individuals and groups, who are only after self-glorification and are driven by their own misguided agendas.

So there it is – Sharia law working in harmony with English law in England, not Shariah law taking over England.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam

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3 Responses to “Sharia Law Takeover?”

  1. Hello,
    Dr Williams wasn’t intereseted in discussing the finer details of Sharia Law or in debating the adoption of Sharia Law into Britain. I think that this was a calculated pronoucement by Williams designed for maximum impact riding on the coat tails of a healthy rival religion. C of E is in decline and riddled with fractures. His authority and profile mirror this and are in decline. His comments the other week sought to raise the issue of general religous authority but he needed a successfull example which precludes the C of E. So he used Islam to make his point, which fed into the state and media paranoia about all things Muslim and he got some by and large, positive reports in the press – a commodity that has been in very short supply for Williams and the C of E recently.
    A PR excercise not a theological debate
    Duncan

  2. A comment with which I couldn’t agree more.
    And you seem to have hit the nail on the head with the fact about the state and media paranoia about all things Muslim – which is extremely unfortunate.
    However, it does seem that the PR has been as much for the Shariah Councils as for the C of E.
    Thank you for your comment!

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