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Sharia law

What is the status of sharia law in the UK?

A recent news story about the exercise of criminal law in Saudi Arabia has generated widespread consternation in the UK. This reaction may, in part, reflect unease about the influence of Muslim rulings in this country, given the recent debate on the Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill in the House of Lords, led by Baroness Cox.

The incident was reported by the Daily Mail and concerns the beheading by sword of a Sri Lankan national, Rizana Nafeek, despite claims that she was only 17 years old in 2005 when the alleged crime was committed. Nafeek was executed this Wednesday for causing the death of a four-month-old baby in her care, while working as a housemaid in Saudi Arabia.


Muslim students call for Shariah student loans in 2012

The Government’s new university fee system, which comes into place next year, will prevent Muslim students from participating in higher education in this country because it contravenes their religious beliefs, say Muslim student groups.

The new scheme, which sees higher yearly fees and higher interest loans to pay for them, conflicts with the rule in Islamic law that says money should not be made from money, thereby banning charging or paying interest. (more…)

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Sharia law is the moral and religious law of Islam. It deals with most aspects of Islamic life, including crime, politics, finances, marriage, and wills.

In this part of the blog we’ll cover any newsworthy stories about Sharia law.

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