But don’t worry, the Home Affairs office has a muslim with a zebibah carpet burn on his forehead advising them on what constitutes ”normal” sharia courts.
Ahmad al-Dubayan is advising the Home Affairs Select Committee on Sharia law
Sharia courts dish out marriages and divorces from shop basements, experts claim
Dr Ahmad al-Dubayan, chairman of the UK Board of Sharia Councils – a body set up to standardise the administration of Islamic law – said the pervasive and uncontrolled bodies “may be hidden in the basement or somewhere”.
The self-appointed courts are performing marriages and handing out divorces, Dr al-Dubayan told the Home Affairs Select Committee on Tuesday at the launch of an inquiry into Sharia councils.
Although the unregulated bodies have no legal force or jurisdiction in the UK, they are regularly used by Muslim families to adjudicate on personal matters, the Committee heard.
Many courts reportedly charge for their services, with fees for divorce proceedings often higher than that of British courts.
Sharia courts are pervasive across the UK
But the doctor warned the number of Sharia courts operating in Britain is unknown.
He said: “We don’t know how many councils there are.
“Some people talk about 80 or 30 or 50, I don’t know. There is no record for this and no studies, unfortunately.”
NOTE: There’s no such thing as “just a little bit of sharia”, anymore than there’s such a thing as “just a little bit of garlic”.