Tags: Sharia

The Government should be wary of its review on sharia ‘law’

Posted: Wed, 07 Feb 2018 by Sadikur Rahman

Sadikur Rahman says implementing official recommendations on sharia 'courts' would entangle civil and religious law and undermine vulnerable women's rights. The Government should instead secularise the marriage laws. Read More »

Tags: One law for all, Marriage, Sharia, Islam

Sharia reviews and the case for non-accommodation and non-regulation

Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 by Sadikur Rahman

Our legal system cannot be permitted to fracture into parallel codes for different religious groups. Sadikur Rahman writes on how to avoid accommodation with sharia while also protecting the rights and interests of Muslim women.

The role of sharia law as practised... Read More »

Tags: Sharia, Marriage, Religious Law, Law

Protecting women’s rights is the priority, but that isn’t the only legitimate concern about sharia

Posted: Thu, 03 Nov 2016 by Benjamin Jones

Gender inequality isn't the only problem with sharia councils, and non-Muslims have every right to object to the foundation of a parallel legal system in the UK, writes Benjamin Jones.

The discrimination against women inherent in sharia is its most objectionable... Read More »

Tags: Sharia, Religiousity policing

Sharia, security and the church: dangers of the British Home Office inquiry

Posted: Tue, 09 Aug 2016 by Gita Sahgal

Does the UK's Sharia Review resemble the sharia 'courts': secretive procedures and discriminatory advisors? Are the Home Office and the Church ignoring conflicts of interest and evidence of discrimination? Read More »

Tags: Sharia

Law Society, religion and the law: reasons to be cheerful

Posted: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 by Sadikur Rahman

The last year has seen a number of successful campaigns against attempts to impose religion in our secular legal system. Council member Sadikur Rahman looks at hopes for optimism in 2015. Read More »

Tags: Religious Law, Lawyers Secular Society, Law, Sharia

The rise of political Islam in Turkey: how the West got it wrong

Posted: Tue, 04 Nov 2014 by Safak Pavey

Political Islamism has undermined the Turkish Republic's secular social order, education and legal systems and Western pundits manifestly failed to see this coming, argues Turkish opposition MP, Safak Pavey. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Islam, Sharia, Turkey, Events

‘Shariafication by stealth’ in the UK

Posted: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 by Pragna Patel

The state's adoption of 'faith based' approaches to address minority issues are increasingly marginalising women from minority backgrounds and denying them the right to participate in the wider political community as equal citizens, argues Pragna Patel. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Gender Equality, Sharia, Events, Religiousity policing

Why is the Law Society promoting Islamic rules and legal services?

Posted: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 by Sadikur Rahman

After attending a seminar held by the Law Society on Islamic rules and legal services, Sadikur Rahman reflects upon the Society's desire to develop its members' knowledge of sharia law in the UK and questions how this contributes to Muslim people's freedoms. Read More »

Tags: Law, Sharia, Religiousity policing

The Law Society should stay out of the theology business

Posted: Tue, 13 May 2014 by Sadikur Rahman

Sadikur Rahman, of the Lawyers' Secular Society, argues that the Law Society's response to criticism of its sharia guidance misses the point that the society has gone beyond its mandate and given credibility to discriminatory practices. Read More »

Tags: Sharia, Lawyers Secular Society

Sharia law is well and truly operating in the UK – thanks to the Law Society

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 by Sadikur Rahman

Sadikur Rahman, of the Lawyers Secular Society, fears a practice note issued by the Law Society could compromise the Code of Conduct for solicitors and increase the application of Sharia law in the UK. Read More »

Tags: Sharia, Law

We need answers to the doubts and distrust raised by the call for sharia law

Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 by Kris Hopkins MP

Kris Hopkins MP argues that if the rights of women are to be protected, the government must ensure that the principle of one law for all is upheld. Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Islam, Sharia, Religious Law

Sharia councils: unjust, unequal and consequence of failed integration policies

Posted: Wed, 01 May 2013 by Nahla Mahmoud

Following last week's Panorama exposé of Sharia Councils in the UK, Nahla Mahmoud says the question isn't whether these councils discriminate against minorities and citizens from 'different' backgrounds, but whether the government actually cares. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Sharia, BBC, Campaigns

Saudi religious police aren’t funny

Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on the Saudi religious police who recently evicted three men from an annual cultural festival and sent them back to Abu Dhabi. Read More »

Tags: Sharia, Religious Law, Saudi Arabia

Here is why Sharia Law has no place in Britain or elsewhere

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 by Nahla Mahmoud

Human Rights activist Nahla Mahmoud explains why we should all unequivocally demand one equal law for everyone – both in the UK and abroad. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Sharia

Muslim patrols are a sign of things to come

Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 by Maajid Nawaz

Maajid Nawaz warns that the longer we stand by and watch the far Right and Islamists impose their dogma on our streets, the more the extremes will become mainstream for a rising new generation. Read More »

Tags: Islamism, Sharia

Child brides and licensed rape

Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 by Tessa Kendall

Women in the UK are being forced to get married with threats and violence. Children under the legal age of consent for marriage or sex are also being forced to marry - and most of them are girls. Read More »

Tags: Sharia, Child Abuse, Forced Marriage

Are you morally superior to the Taliban?

Posted: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie-Waters says that the doctrine of multiculturalism prevents criticism of the most appalling actions if the people committing them happen to not be white. Read More »

Tags: Sharia

The Rise of Sharia in the West

Posted: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 by Raheel Raza

Raheel Raza, a Muslim Canadian journalist who opposes terrorism committed in the name of Islam, considers the rise of Islam in the west. Read More »

Tags: Islam, Sharia

Sharia Law and Middle Class Feminism

Posted: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 by Anne Marie Waters

Some white middle class feminists are letting down Muslim women. Anne Marie Waters is skeptical about the wonderful woman-friendly version of sharia law. Read More »

Tags: Sharia

Executive Director’s Diary: Sharia, Civil Partnerships and Lords Reform

Posted: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 by Keith Porteous Wood

NSS Executive Director Keith Porteous Wood on a busy week of campaigning in Parliament. Read More »

Tags: Parliament, Sharia, Campaigns, Lords Reform