This revealing (and terrifying) article from the London Telegraph (1/19/08) demonstrates the steadily growing employment of Islamic (Shari’a) Law in Britain’s semi-autonomous Muslim enclaves. But more importantly, it becomes clear that the “more limited” goal of applying Sharia only to “family” law within the Muslim community (with its utterly false and deceitful analogy to Jewish Family Law) is only a temporary milestone on the trajectory to full societal implementation of the totalitarian Sharia—a classic, “divinely inspired” and timeless goal of Muslims rooted in Islam’s traditional supremacism.
Thank goodness Baroness Cox interjects a sane, and in today’s morally confused and craven British society, rare and courageous objection, to this destructive phenomenon
Key excerpts, first from a “Shari’a Court” judge (a Sharia judge in Britain…just think about that alone), Dr. Suhaib Hassan, pictured above. Notice Mr. Hassan’s lionization of mutilating punishments under full implementation of Shari’a in bona fide Muslim countries despite his professed desire that “only” cuddly, innocuous “Family style” Shari’a be implemented (for now) in Britain’s Muslim enclaves:
Dr Hasan, who has been presiding over sharia courts in Britain for more than 25 years, argues that British law would benefit from integrating aspects of Islamic personal law into the civil system, so that divorces could be rubber-stamped in the same way, for example, that Jewish couples who go to the Beth Din court have their divorce recognised in secular courts. He points out that the Islamic Sharia Council, of which he is the general secretary, is flooded with work. It hears about 50 divorce cases every month, and responds to as many as 10 requests every day by email and phone for a fatwa – a religious verdict on a religious matter.
Dr Hasan, who is also a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain on issues of sharia law, says there is great misunderstanding of the issue in the West. “Whenever people associate the word ‘sharia’ with Muslims, they think it is flogging and stoning to death and cutting off the hand,” he says with a smile.
He makes the distinction between the aspects of law that sharia covers: worship, penal law, and personal law. Muslim leaders in Britain are interested only in integrating personal law, he says. Penal law is the duty of the Muslim state – it is not in the hands of any public institution like us to handle it. Only a Muslim government that believes in Islam is going to implement it. So there is no question of asking for penal law to be introduced here in the UK – that is out of the question.”
Despite this, Dr Hasan is open in supporting the severe punishments meted out in countries where sharia law governs the country. “Even though cutting off the hands and feet, or flogging the drunkard and fornicator, seem to be very abhorrent, once they are implemented, they become a deterrent for the whole society. This is why in Saudi Arabia, for example, where these measures are implemented, the crime rate is very, very, low,” he told The Sunday Telegraph.
In a documentary to be screened on Channel 4 next month, entitled Divorce: Sharia Style, Dr Hasan goes further, advocating a sharia system for Britain. “If sharia law is implemented, then you can turn this country into a haven of peace because once a thief’s hand is cut off nobody is going to steal,” he says. “Once, just only once, if an adulterer is stoned nobody is going to commit this crime at all. We want to offer it to the British society. If they accept it, it is for their good and if they don’t accept it they’ll need more and more prisons.”
Baroness Cox, however, observes appositely that the introduction of Sharia Law in Britain, at minimum, “raises complex questions,”, because:
“…some of its basic tenets are incompatible with the fundamental principles of our liberal democracy and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights There is no equality before the law between men and women and between Muslims and non-Muslims; and there is no freedom to choose and change religion.”