Thursday, October 18, 2012
Recently, it appears that solicitors in England have received invitations to attend seminars to train them how to write wills based upon Shari'a law. Most conservative groups have no problems with this because it will give more people the opportunity to freely determine how they want to get their affairs in order.
However, not all groups within England are in agreement. These groups believe that the introduction of Sharia law will make it so that the law will not apply equally to all citizens. For example, even though the Qur'an permits women to inherit, it is possible that some households might prohibit muslim women from inheriting from their male family members or drafting their own wills. According to Archbishop Cranmer, "[t]here are manifest gender and generational differences in Shari'a inheritance which are antithetical to human rights and equality."
Now, Great Britain and its government are at crossroads. Some recognize that the introduction of Shari'a law into Great Britain is inevitable and is currently happening. The Prime Minister of Great Britain is opposed to the use of Shari'a law, especially because many Muslim women oppose it and it is "antithetical to many notions of British values."
See Archbishop Cranmer, Lawyers Retrained for Sharia-compliant Wills, Blogspot: Cranmer, Oct. 16, 2012.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.