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Sharia in Canada aerocontrols - 28/04/2004 02:51:39 PM

TORONTO -- Suad Almad, her head wrapped in a blue silk scarf, was discussing her beliefs with a group of friends. She said fervently that she thought the lives of all Muslims should be governed by Islamic law, known as sharia.

"It's something nobody can change and we must follow," said Almad, who came to Canada from Somalia, then engulfed by war, more than 12 years ago. "We come to Canada and we become lost . . . We need our own court and we need our own law," she said, her voice strong and certain. "That's what I believe."

Almad and thousands of other Muslims, taking advantage of a provision of the law in the province of Ontario, can now decide some civil disputes under sharia, including family disagreements and inheritance, business and divorce issues, using tribunals that include imams, Muslim elders and lawyers. While it is less than full implementation of sharia, local leaders consider it a significant step.

Muslim promoters of sharia arbitration said that no cases had been decided but that the process is set. Islamic leaders created an Islamic Court of Civil Justice last fall and that organization, in turn, has chosen arbitrators, who have undergone training in sharia and Canadian civil law, according to organizers and participants.

Sharia is based on the Koran, which includes the teachings of Islam and revelations by the prophet Muhammad. According to Muslim beliefs, the Koran provides the divine rules for behavior, including rules about marriage, business and inheritance. Muslims must abstain from stealing, lying, killing, adultery and drinking alcohol.

Some Muslim leaders in Canada said that there should be no controversy about the new arbitration process, but some opponents expressed concern that people might feel coerced into accepting sharia-based arbitration. Government officials said that the decision to submit to such a process was subject to mutual consent.

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Canadians Allow Islamic Courts To Decide Disputes

Canadians Allow Islamic Courts To Decide Disputes
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Sharia in Canada - 28/04/2004 02:51:39 PM 168 Views
Cute. *NM* - 28/04/2004 02:57:02 PM 7 Views
That's a rather puzzling response. *NM* - 28/04/2004 02:58:05 PM 5 Views
It's Snuggly legislation if I've ever seen it *NM* - 28/04/2004 03:01:34 PM 2 Views
I skimmed thorugh the article (reading it again now) but... - 28/04/2004 03:07:01 PM 18 Views
I now am registered at... - 28/04/2004 03:27:09 PM 15 Views
Didn't used to have to register at WaPost. - 28/04/2004 03:30:25 PM 7 Views
I guess the real test for those who would support the law - 28/04/2004 03:29:39 PM 20 Views
Good point. - 28/04/2004 03:32:33 PM 24 Views
Lots of stuff, Avi - 28/04/2004 03:40:12 PM 23 Views
I would argue... - 28/04/2004 04:05:41 PM 15 Views
Re: Lots of stuff, Avi - 28/04/2004 04:05:45 PM 12 Views
Yes, I know. - 28/04/2004 04:32:13 PM 15 Views
Re: Yes, I know. - 28/04/2004 04:40:58 PM 12 Views
- 28/04/2004 05:13:13 PM 17 Views
I don't read your replies. Ever. *NM* - 28/04/2004 06:16:08 PM 3 Views
*blink* *NM* - 28/04/2004 06:16:50 PM 4 Views
I didn't see that. *NM* - 28/04/2004 06:34:12 PM 2 Views
Re: Good point. - 28/04/2004 03:42:21 PM 11 Views
Well the article says... - 28/04/2004 03:33:02 PM 12 Views
That was my initial thought, too. *NM* - 28/04/2004 03:40:00 PM 2 Views
I don't support either. The law of the land is the law of the land. - 28/04/2004 04:23:53 PM 21 Views
Don't/Can't all individuals do that? *NM* - 28/04/2004 04:25:14 PM 5 Views
Re: I don't support either. The law of the land is the law of the land. - 29/04/2004 07:23:54 AM 10 Views
Very interesting and well said. *NM* - 29/04/2004 10:02:44 AM 2 Views
Sweet. So, I'll make a religion with no punishment for theft... - 29/04/2004 02:52:56 PM 6 Views
The law of the land is determined by social values, - 29/04/2004 04:11:55 PM 8 Views
This is wrong. - 28/04/2004 06:55:29 PM 14 Views
I agree. *NM* - 28/04/2004 11:30:23 PM 2 Views