UK adopts Islamic Law

15 September 2008: As reported Sunday in the Times Online, Britain has now officially granted Sharia courts the authority to rule on Muslim civil cases, and such rulings have now become enforceable with the full power of the British judicial system. Previous to this change, rulings issued by Sharia courts were unenforceable and dependent upon voluntary compliance by all involved parties.
Muslim courts have been established throughout Britain, including London, Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester. The headquarters for Sharia court is located in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. According to published reports, two additional Islamic courts are planned for Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The Sharia court system in the UK evolved from a clause in the Arbitration Act 1996, leading the way for the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, run by Sheikh Faiz-ul-Aqtab Siddiqi. Reports claim that Siddiqi, chairman of the governing council of the tribunal, expects the courts to evolve further, handling criminal cases in coming years.

The implications of the implementation of a “parallel” judicial system – one sanctioned by British law –are ominous and should serve as a warning of what awaits the United States, Canada and the rest of the Western world.