Islamic Sharia Council

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The Islamic Sharia Council is a London-based, quasi-Islamic court that provides legal rulings and advice to Muslims in accordance with Islamic Sharia based on the four Sunni schools of thought. It primarily handles cases of marriage and divorce and, to a lesser extent business and finance.[1] According to BBC News, thousands of Muslims have turned to the Council to resolve family and financial issues. According to the Council, it deals with 200-300 cases monthly.[2]

The council has no legal authority or jurisdiction in the United Kingdom,[1] and can not impose any penalties. However, many Muslims voluntarily accept the rulings it makes.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Bell, Dan (14 June 2007). "In the name of the law". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 14 May 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Talwar, Divya (16 January 2012). "Growing use of Sharia by UK Muslims". BBC News. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 

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