Sharia law is highly contested and
vehemently opposed in many places across the globe.
In Algeria, women’s rights activists
singing for change label 20 years of Sharia in the
family code as 20 years of madness. They sing:
“I am telling you a story
Of what the powerful have done
Of rules, a code of despair
A code obsessed with women...”
“This law must be undone...!"
In Iran, after the establishment of
Sharia law there, the Iranian Lawyers’ Association came
out in full force against the new religious codes only
to be met with arrest and exile; some opponents were
even charged with apostasy, which is a “crime”
punishable by death...
How tragically ironic, then, that the
British Law Society, has decided to side with the
Islamists and issue Sharia-complaint guidance which
matter-of-factly endorses discrimination against
females, non-Muslims and “illegitimate” children.
Rather than being at the forefront of
defending equality before the law, they legitimise
inequality and bring back patriarchal and archaic
concepts of “justice” that deny rights to women merely
because of their gender and children merely for being
born out of wedlock! A recent film called “Bastards”
shows single mother Rabha El Haimer, an illiterate child
bride, in her fight to secure a future for her
“illegitimate” child in Morocco.
Thanks to the Law Society, this will
be the fate of British children and women too!
How very shameful!
“Muslim feminists” tell us that the
Law Society has accepted de facto an Islamist
interpretation of Sharia law – which is true. It is
always those in power who determine the laws and rules,
and when it comes to Islam, due to the power and
influence of Islamism, it is their brutal version that
affects innumerable lives.
“Muslim feminists” also tell us that
there are more women-friendly interpretations out there,
which the Law Society has ignored. That may well be the
case (though I have never seen one that is favourable or
fair enough). In my opinion, no religious law can ever
give 21st century women and men the full equality they
In any case, a focus on
interpretations misses the point: which is that religion
is a private matter open to as many interpretations as
there are believers. Once it becomes part of the state
or law, it becomes a matter of repressive political
power and control with women and girls as its first
The real point is that religion – be
it Islam or Judaism or Christianity or what have you –
must be kept separate from the state and law if women
and everyone else are to be protected and considered
Clearly, there is no place for Sharia
in Britain’s legal system just as there is no place for
The fight against the Law Society is
part and parcel of the fight against Sharia and
religious laws everywhere. And don’t be mistaken. This
is not just about opposing institutionalised
discrimination. It is about 21st century humanity
rejecting a code of law that belongs to the Middle Ages,
that sees women as sub-human, that deems sexuality, sex
and women’s bodies as illegal whilst legalising child
marriages, stonings and misogyny.
Sharia - like all religious laws – is
based on a 1400 year old dogmatic and regressive
philosophy and its warped understanding of the concepts
of equality and justice. Where Islamists have control
over the state, Sharia law terrorises the population to
submit by showing the damnable nature of dissent. It is
a primitive and patriarchal system based on inequality,
retribution and religious [im]morality. It is not a rule
for equals and has no place in a modern state or system
Only a few days ago, a representative
of Khamenei , Iran’s “Supreme Spiritual leader” (absurd
titles that only come with religious rule) said: “Sadly,
over the past three decades we have seen many working to
establish a secular state [in Iran] which will undermine
people’s Islamic values and culture”. Of course we have.
No one opposes Sharia law more than those who have lived
under, fled, or resisted it.
I am sure the Islamists are very
grateful to the Law Society for upholding their values
at the expense of the many others who demand equality
Law Society listen up: you must
immediately withdraw your shameful guidance. Withdraw it
In the words of Algerian women
singing for change:
“We aren’t asking for favours.
“History speaks for us.”