Is there a Sharia Court practicing in Rotherham?
Is that Court adjudicating on criminal matters?
Who are acting as judges in that Court?
The Evening Standard, stated that a Sharia court in London adjudicated on a stabbing crime. The families of the guilty paid the victim compensation. http://goo.gl/JRPcPZ.
They point to a number of Sharia Courts in the UK, including one in Rotherham. Elsewhere research claims that there are approximately 85 Sharia courts in the UK, some may be giving out advice that is illegal. http://goo.gl/f9xap
Efforts to make Sharia wills legal in the UK foundered when the Law Society was forced to withdraw published guidance to help solicitors write them. They discovered that Sharia wills can break UK Law by allowing for discrimination against women and non-Muslims.
There is an accepted arbitration role for Sharia courts in marital & family mediation, though, this is limited & cannot they be used for divorce where a UK civil marriage is in force. There are also significant concerns about the legality of some aspects of Sharia family law with regard to discrimination against women and non Muslims.
Whatever the circumstances, they cannot overide UK Law regarding families and marriage.
I also ask the questions because of some of the strange things that seem to happen in Rotherham.
For example, the allegations of CSE by the former Imam of Tooker Road, his rapid departure for Kashmir. The suggestion that the Council of Mosques and a serving Police Officer were involved in aiding his return, and their alleged failure to formally report his criminal offense of child sexual molestation to the Police.
Indeed the allegations are getting stronger with claims that the parents of the abused children were not only threatened but bought off financially; payment of compensation from criminal to victim being a fairly common Sharia punishment.
To be clear the principle in the UK is “one law for All.” No Sharia Court can adjudicate on criminal matters.
Equally in Islam there is a clear instruction to comply with the laws of any country where one has formed a covenant by entering and residing “Allah says: “Oh you who believe! Fulfil (your) obligations.” [Sûrah al-Mâ’idah: 1]
He also says: “And fulfil (every) covenant. Verily! The covenant will be questioned about.” [Sûrah al-Isrâ’: 34]
He says: “And fulfil the Covenant to Allah when you have covenanted, and break not the oaths after you have confirmed them.” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 91]”
Put simply to parents, if you failed to report abuse of your child then you are breaking the law of the UK, and that of your God.