Shockingly, the Daily Telegraph has revealed that not everybody in the country likes every single one of the laws, and some even want some fairly drastic changes to aspects of some of them. Who has enraged the Daily Telegraph so with their criticism of some of Britain’s laws? Could it be Simon Heffer, who wants to bring back the death penalty? Or those multitude of right-wing columnists who are always calling for the law and the state to be fairer towards drivers? No, it seems that the above are perfectly free to criticise laws that they do not like, without being accused of undermining the very fabric of British civilisation. Nor are said columnists considered to be representative of their people (port-drinking right-wingers). No, the Telegraph’s ire was reserved for those who apparently have no right to suggest changes to British law:
“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.”
So a Muslim who specialises in sharia law thinks that aspects of it would be good for Britain. One may disagree, but such a view is hardly offensive. After all, if one is a Muslim, then there will probably be aspects of sharia law that one agrees with. Nor, the last time I checked, was it considered fundamentally un-British to want to change some laws. Isn’t that why we elect MPs?
Dr. Hasan does have views that I find very distasteful, as well as naive. But he is not even calling for those punishments in the UK, merely aspects of sharia ‘personal’ law (as opposed to penal law):
“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.”"
Even the Telegraph’s headline is obnoxious: UK Muslims ‘want Sharia law’. Once again, the Telegraph has resurrected a tired fallacy that all Muslims want the same things and behave exactly in the same way. I do not want to see any aspects of sharia law introduced in this country, but I do think that those Muslims who do want it have a right to lobby lawmakers, as we all do. As for the worry about ‘parallel’ sharia courts, as long as these courts do not break the law, then they are not parallel at all. Plenty of people sort out issues without resorting to the law. We need to snap out of the mentality that Muslims represent this dark, homogenous mass, just waiting to create Dar al-Islam (Abode of Islam) and reduce the rest of use to second-class citizens.
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