Shariah in Europe = back to barbarism
Posted by antikafirphobia on March 28, 2008
In a February 26, 2008 article in the Arab liberal e-journal Elaph, Libyan-European liberal thinker and entrepreneur Muhammad ‘Abd Al-Muttalib Al-Houni wrote that the recent statements by Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams on implementing shari’a law in Britain constituted dangerous encouragement to fundamentalists in their war against the Enlightenment. He added that such statements could have very grave repercussions for the struggle for freedom in Muslim countries as well.
The following are excerpts from Al-Houni’s article:
Would Europe Have Islamic Courts, or Would We Send European Judges to the Taliban to Learn Shari’a?
“I recently read a statement by the head of the Anglican Church [Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams], the upshot of which was that there was nothing wrong with the British legal system adopting some laws from Islamic shari’a and their implementing them for British citizens of the Islamic faith.
… “I imagine that the archbishop is referring [only] to Islamic shari’a laws regarding personal status. So let us imagine these laws being implemented in European courts.
“First of all, on the procedural side, there would need to be Islamic courts in European countries to adjudicate in all disputes involving European Muslim citizens – or else a large number of European judges would have to be sent to the Taliban to learn shari’a thoroughly enough to implement its laws.
“Also, European countries seeking to implement shari’a would need to submit their reservations regarding any international conventions they may have signed. This is because they will have to:
“1) Permit polygamy for European Muslim citizens, and not punish them for it – [even though] this is considered criminal under European law;
“2) Permit European Muslim citizens to beat their wives to discipline them, as the Koran urges;
“3) Allow men to unilaterally decide to divorce without requiring any court proceedings, as this is a right guaranteed [to men] by shari’a;
“4) Give daughters [only] half the inheritance rights that sons have, while widows receive only an eighth of the inheritance;
“5) [Not] consider women’s testimony the equal of men’s in shari’a courts;
“6) Deprive a divorced woman of custody of her children if she remarries;
“7) Allow European Muslim citizens to marry in traditional marriages without the need to officially register these marriages;
“8) Eliminate adoption, since it is contrary to shari’a;
“9) Force a woman whose Muslim husband converts to another religion to divorce him, because he is an apostate;
“10) Prevent European Muslim women from marrying non-Muslims…”
Adopting Shari’a Would Undermine the Concept of Citizenship
“If [Archbishop Rowan’s] intention is to introduce some or all of these laws from Islamic shari’a into Europe’s legal systems, it would mean the following:
“1) The concept of citizenship in Europe will change. There will be [different] classes of citizenship and of citizens, with some citizens being exempt from having the general law applied to them because they belong to a particular religion or belief. There will be a Muslim [class of] citizen, a Christian [class of] citizen, a Buddhist [class of] citizen, a Confucian [class of] citizen, and so on. Each will apply his own laws… Thus, faith will not be an individual freedom or belief; it will [come to] have extremely serious public ramifications.
“2) If some or all of these laws were implemented and recognized by European legislative bodies, it would not only seriously damage human rights legislation – it would spell the end [of this legislation]. This is because everything I mentioned above is a negation of human rights principles.
“3) Recognizing all, or [even] some, of these laws would take European societies back to the age before the Enlightenment and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As a result, the West would revert to barbarism.”
Shari’a in Eropa = Inapoi La Barbarism
Musulman Libia exprima alaturi de Arhiepiscopul de Canterbury UK : daca Europa adpta Shari’a, o sa revina la pre-era Enlightenment
In 26 Februari 2008, un articol in jurnalul Elaph al arabilor liberali – Libieni – europeanii
liberali gandesc, Muhammad ‘Abd Al-Muttalib Al-Houni scrie ca exprimarea recenta de catre Arhiepiscopul de Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, despre ndeplinerea legii Shari’a in Marea Britanie constitue un pericol incurajat di fundamentalisti, in raboiul olor impotriva Enlightenment. El adauga asta asa afirmati poate avea foarte grave repercursiuni pentru lupta pentru libertae si in tarile muslmane deasemenea.