May 18 2011
Even though it was just reported that the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils request to permit shari’a law was rejected by the Federal Government, a sheik and Muslim leaders yesterday said shari’a was already being used secretly to end hundreds of marriages a year. Shari’a is also being used by imams in cases of business disputes and neighborhood fights.
NEWS AU -(H/T David H)- The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils also asked the Government to fund halal and kosher meat outlets and even Muslim schools and for state schools to have special sports uniforms for female Muslim students. (These filthy ragheads have chutzpah, gotta give’em that)
“If the Government and politicians cannot recognise this as essential, it should no longer accuse the Australian Muslim community of intentionally living in enclaves,” the submission said.
Sheik Moussaab Legha, from the Islamic Welfare Centre in Lakemba, in Sydney’s west, said panels of imams oversaw hundreds of sharia divorces at a mosque in the city. They first try to persuade the couple to stay married, Sheik Legha said. If a woman pursues a divorce in the Family Court but is not religiously divorced under sharia, the Muslim community and countries with sharia still see her as married.
Sheik Legha said people who are divorced under sharia by imams at the Greenacre mosque receive a certificate. “It is after the Family Court. The religious way needs to be finalised,” he said. “Most of the time it is like a normal courtroom. You have the imams on one table, you have the family of the woman, you listen to both [sides], to the problems.”
University of Technology Sydney academic Jamila Hussain said religious divorces were carried out at two mosques because for some women a Family Court divorce is not enough.
Muslim community advocate Keysar Trad has witnessed a sharia divorce in Sydney but he said sharia law was also being used to settle workplace and neighbourhood disputes.
“Really, anything that does not have a criminal element,” Mr Trad said of the use of sharia law by Sydney imams. (Under shari’a, honor killings, stonings, floggings, limb amputations for stealing aren’t considered criminal)