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Sharia in Canada

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Now, Religion in the News, a report and comment on religious trends and events being covered by the media. This week’s item is from the Asian Pacific Post , December 18, 2003, with the headline, “Sharia in Canada—Muslims in Canada want the government to recognize Sharia, the Islamic legal system that has been interpreted in some countries to include penalties like whipping, amputation, and stoning to death.

“Muslim leaders in the country recently elected a 30-member council to establish a judicial tribunal for Muslims, in what is described as the latest effort in a long struggle to have Sharia recognized in Canada. The move is designed to persuade Canadian courts to up hold decisions made under the Muslim law by the so-called Darul Qada, or the Islamic Institute of Civil Justice, Canada.

“The proposed tribunal, if ratified, would set up committees across the country to arbitrate in marital breakups and other civil or business disputes, and then submit the agreements under Sharia law to secular courts for ratification. What makes it possible for Muslim committees to get Canadian legal recognition of settlements according to Sharia is the recent changes in provincial arbitration acts, which make it possible for Muslim committees to enforce settlements, and Ottawa newspaper said.

“Canada’s population has climbed to 600,000, and Islam has become the number one non-Christian faith in Canada. The plan has come under fire from a national Muslim women’s organization, which says it is gravely concerned that women’s rights will not be protected.

“Alia Hogben, president of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, expressed reservations about the arbitration committees. ‘Who will represent the rights of women?’ she asked. ‘We are gravely concerned because there are lots of questions, and we don’t understand, from a Canadian Muslim’s viewpoint, why another system is being applied.”

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