A shocking video shows activists exposing a Sharia Law court operating inside London – and outside British law.
The court, publicly known as the “Islamic Sharia Council,” is one of an estimated 100 Sharia law courts carrying out legal matters in the UK in accordance to Islamic law.
“These Sharia courts are popping up all over Britain and they are usurping our own legal system we have in this country,” activist and mayoral candidate Paul Golding said in the video. “All of these Sharia courts need to be closed down immediately.”
The activists pointed out a divorce proceedings flowchart posted on the wall of the court, and later a miniature courtroom is shown complete with Islamic law books and a desk for the Muslim judge, known as a qadi, to sit and preside over cases.
“They’re building a state within a state – their own legal system, laws, regulations and everything,” Golding added. “A lot of people have fought and died [for our country], yet these people come into our country and set up their own legal system.”
“Enough is enough.”
The Arbitration Act of 1996 does allow Muslims to mediate certain civil disputes in accordance to Sharia law, but now these Sharia courts are usurping power by claiming they can make legally binding decisions outside the British legal system.
“I feel betrayed by Britain,” a Muslim woman revealed. “I came here to get away from this and the situation is worse here than in the country I escaped from.”
And Muslims who refuse to participate in a Sharia court are targeted for intimidation or even violence.
“Though the Sharia Council is not yet legally recognized by the authorities in the UK, the fact that it is already established, and is gradually gaining ground among the Muslim community, and the satisfaction attained by those who seek its ruling, are all preparatory steps towards the final goal of gaining the confidence of the host community in the soundness of the Islamic legal system and the help and insight they could gain from it,” the Leyton Sharia Council proudly proclaims. “The experience gained by the scholars taking part in its procedures make them more prepared for the eventuality of recognition for Islamic law.”