Monday, March 24, 2014
British solicitors now have guidelines to draw up “Sharia compliant” wills.
These guidelines, produced by The Law Society, detail how to draft wills that fit Islamic traditions while still being valid under British law. This means solicitors will be able to draft valid Islamic wills that deny women an equal share of inheritance, prevent children born out of wedlock from counting as legitimate heirs, and exclude unbelievers altogether.
The president of The Law Society says the guidance will “promote ‘good practice’ in applying Islamic principles in the British legal system.” Others describe the guidance as “astonishing” and a step towards a “parallel legal system.”
See John Bingham, Islamic Law Is Adopted by British Legal Chiefs, The Telegraph, March 22, 2014.
Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.