The seminar Understanding Sharia shall explore some of the pertinent issues that are currently debated about the role of Sharia in Britain.
The independent review into the application of Sharia law, commissioned by the Government, and the Archbishop Justin Welby’s book, Reimagining Britain, has once again raised an important debate about the role of Sharia in Britain and its compatibility with English law.
Sharia plays an important role in the lives of British Muslims but does Sharia law have anything more to offer than corporal punishments? Is Sharia an obstacle to British Muslims’ integration in society or the very reason for community cohesion? These are some of the questions that will be analysed in the seminar.
In addition, the Far Right claims that British Muslims are trying to establish Sharia Law in the UK but Muslims argue that they are not trying to set up a parallel legal system. If that’s the case, why do we have Sharia Councils in Britain?
Lastly, the seminar will seek to differentiate between some of myths and realities of Sharia.
Qari Asim MBE is an Imam at Makkah Mosque, Leeds, and a lawyer at a global law firm, DLA Piper. He was an advisor to the independent Sharia Review Panel. He is a member of the Government’s Anti-Muslim Hatred group.
Qari Asim is senior editor of ImamsOnline and an executive member of British Muslim Forum and Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board. He is a board member of Christian Muslim Forum and Imams & Rabbis Council. He is a trustee of British Future thinktank, Peace Matters and Hope not Hate.