A Muslim judge has determined that the “government cannot ask Muslims not to have more than one wife”.
Britain’s first female Sharia law judge has issued a bold warning that flies in the face of UK law, stating that the “government cannot ask Muslims not to have more than one wife.”
The news comes from a report by the Times newspaper that claims that Britain is experiencing a “surge” in Sharia marriages, as young British Muslims adopt a more hardline religious stance than their parents.
The Times reports:
“As many as 100,000 couples are living in such marriages, which are not valid under UK law, experts said. Ministers have raised fears that women can be left without the right to a fair share of assets if the relationship ends, while others are forced to return to abusive “husbands”.”
A leading Islamic family lawyer warned that the increase in Sharia ceremonies among the 2.7 million-strong Muslim population in Britain was also behind a growth in “secret polygamy”.
“Probably a quarter of all couples I see involve polygamy issues,” Aina Khan told The Times. “There has been a huge rise in recent years because people can have a secret nikah [Islamic marriage] and no one will know about it.”
The growth in a parallel marriage system that bypassed the register office was being driven by Muslims aged below 30, who were becoming more religious, she said. Other factors include finding a way around the expectation of no sex before marriage and a fear of British family courts, which presume that assets should be split equally.
Amra Bone, a female Sharia law judge, Andrew Fox/The Times
‘Muslim Arbitration Tribunals’, more commonly known as Sharia courts, have existed in the United Kingdom since 1996, when the Arbitration Act began to allow for different religious laws to be applied in cases such as divorce.
The tribunals are supposed to operate within the confines of UK law, but recent reports suggest that many Muslims are not registering their marriages with the government under UK civil law, instead, they are using nikha ceremonies, which allows for men to have a number of wives, and none of the legal responsibility towards them usually afforded to spouses under the 1949 Marriage Act, Breitbart reported.
How long before these same religious demands are brought before courts in the Unites States under the guise of the ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.’ Many will argue that ‘Islam’ and the ‘Koran’ are not a religion, but Barack Hussein Obama has declared otherwise.
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