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SHARIA WATCH : a collection quotes of recent news articles on Sharia,
for research purposes only. [*]
Islamists attack `Afghan Rushdie' June 18, 2002
Powerful Islamic fundamentalists have launched a fierce
attack on Sima Samar, the minister of women's affairs, accusing her of
blasphemy, labelling her "Afghanistan's Salman Rushdie" and demanding
that she be given "appropriate punishment" which, under sharia law,
The letter [in: Mujahed, Soldier of God], titled
"Afghanistan's Salman Rushdie?", claims that Samar told a Canadian
newspaper in April: "I don't believe in sharia". Although sharia's
relevance to the complexities of modern life is debated, every Muslim
is expected to accept its principles.
Germany 'to fiercely resist' Afghan plans for re-imposing Sharia
http://www.irna.com/en/head/020618185842.ehe.shtml June 18
Germany warned against introducing Sharia laws in the
war-ravaged country, saying it would 'fiercely resist' the move, DPA
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced during the Loya Jirga
grand assembly meeting that Islamic Sharia laws would be
Islamists Retain Powerful Influence 17 June 2002
When Afghanistan's next government takes office, it will most
likely be known as the "Islamic" transitional administration of
Afghanistan. That is due to a strong demand from Islamists to reject
the government's Bonn-designated name of simply Transitional Authority
as too secular. The dispute is a measure of how successfully Islamic
fundamentalists are maintaining their influence as the country
undergoes political change.
The fundamentalist leaders say they are determined to play a
major part in shaping the country's future and in assuring that it
conforms to their vision of an Islamic state. That vision is for a
society governed by Islamic law and resistant to change from the West,
particularly with regard to the traditional role of women.
Britain hands peacekeeping control to Turks
The Daily Telegraph - 2002-06-21
Wali Ahmad, a Taliban-era Sharia judge, said he was worried
that Afghanistan was entering a new era of moral decay because of what
he called the proliferation of anti-Islamic values.
"We think it is hypocritical that the US forces and the UN are banning
the production of opium in Afghanistan while at the same time
overseeing the importation of vodka and wine in large trucks. We don't
want Kabul to be turned into one giant bar again," he said.
In fact, US troops in Afghanistan are banned from drinking, whereas
many European soldiers, along with some foreign journalists, consume
large quantities of alcohol, which, along with drugs, is banned by
Afghans split over brutal laws /ChristianScienceMonitor June 20, 2002
President Hamid Karzai has given Islamic traditionalists fresh
hope and human rights activists new concerns with his declaration
that the nation will continue to follow sharia, and his inaugural wish
that "... God cut [off] the hands of people who try to steal our
"The sharia that Karzai speaks of should be the same as it was
during [King Zahir Shah]'s era; officially sharia should be the law,
but in practice it should not be implemented 100 percent," says Maulvi
Sami Ullah, an Islamic scholar, the headmaster of a Sufi Islamic
school, and a delegate to the grand assembly.
Analysis of New Cabinet /HumanRightsWatch June 20, 2002
The appointment of Fazul Hadi Shinwari to the post of Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court also raises serious human rights
concerns. Shinwari was quoted in press interviews in January as saying
that Shari'a punishments including stoning and amputation would be
retained, albeit with stricter due process guarantees than under the
Taliban. His position contradicted Karzai's assertion during a visit
to the United States that same month that Shari'a punishments could
only be imposed in a society in which social justice and freedom from
Rabble of warlords vie for cabinet control / Scotsman 23 June 2002
The powerful Tajik [Fahim], who leads the northern alliance,
is, himself, close to Bruhanuddin Rabbani, whose fundamentalist
political party, Jamiat Islami, implemented harsh Sharia laws between
1992 and 1996 and continues to devalue the role of women in Afghan
A close ally of both Fahim and Rabbani, Abdul Rasool Sayyaf, a
powerful adherent of Saudi-style Wahabbism, railroaded through a new
name for Afghanistan's government last week, adding the word "Islamic"
on to the front of the Transitional Government of Afghanistan. When
another delegate to the assembly gave a speech defending women's
rights, Sayyaf's associates threatened to put the man on trial, said
Zia-Zarifi. "The night after his speech, armed fundamentalists paid a
visit to his home and threatened him," he added.
Another strict Islamist, Kamal Shinwari, was returned to his
post by Karzai as the chief justice of Afghanistan. Judge Shinwari
called in January for the full implementation of the Sharia, Islamic
law, which calls for, among other things, the cutting off of hands of
thieves and the stoning of adulterers.
Focus on women's prison in Kabul /UN Irin news 10 Jun 2002
Shyma was put behind bars after alleging that her husband was
having an affair with another man. "My husband told the police that I
was spreading vicious rumours about him, and they put me in jail
instead. But I have done nothing wrong," she maintained.
Shyma said she had been forced to keep her children with her as there
was no-one else to look after them, men traditionally in Afghan
culture not having the responsibility of single-handedly caring for
children. Four other women at the prison also had their children with
Escalating Violence Threatens Press Freedom June 17, 2002
Reporters without Borders has noted that these attacks usually
occur right after the publication of articles written on "sensitive
subjects." In Bangladesh, especially in rural areas, it is dangerous
to write about extremist groups (religious or political), corrupt
officials, war criminals, or mafia gangs involved in smuggling, drug
trafficking, or racketeering. Most Bangladeshi journalists are aware
of these risks and therefore have no other choice than to practice
The authorities reacted very violently to the publication in
the Far Eastern Economic Review magazine of an article by Bertil
Lintner on the rise of pro-Islamist movements in Bangladesh.
Bosnian charities aid terror? May 16 , 2002
These suspicions led to the closure of the Bosnian offices of
three Islamic charities including BIF, Global Relief Foundation and
the Saudi-based Alharamain earlier this year. An official with the
Bosnian Ministry of Internal Affairs also said the Saudi High Relief
Commission, one of the largest Islamic charities in the world, would
likely be closed in the near future as well because raids revealed
inappropriate materials that appear to indicate terrorist activity.
The Saudi High Relief Commission, which refused UPI's repeated
interview requests, has spent an estimated $800 million over the last
10 years on a wide range of humanitarian projects. Kadic and other
officials confirmed that suspicious activities by BIF, HRC and GRF
include millions of dollars in aid that remain unaccounted for,
associations with individuals arrested in a plot against the U.S.
Embassy in Sarajevo, educational materials that endorse terror
activities, and what appeared to be planning materials for terrorist
strikes throughout Europe.
Father of four jailed for theft, whipped for damage June 21, 2002
A local father of four who nipped 107 metres of electric cable
on two different occasions this year and sold it in Limbang for
RM$3.50 per kilo was yesterday sentenced to one-year jail and two
strokes of the rattan cane.
A charge of committing mischief by the act of damaging the
cable, which calls for mandatory whipping, was also pressed against
Islamic Bank commences Johara - Exclusive banking service for women
Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), one of the leading financial
institutions in the UAE, today announced the commencement of Johara,
an exclusive bouquet of comprehensive, value-added banking services
The banking and financial products and services offered by the
Johara service include specialized consultation and advise on
financial planning, a choice of banking accounts term deposit
accounts, savings accounts and current accounts a range of finance
and foreign exchange services, locker facilities and access to a
specialized 24x7 telebanking service (..) Internet banking services
for the added convenience of its members.
Woman turns tables on male polygamy /ME Times 14 June 2002
An Egyptian woman has been arrested for polygamy after one of
her husbands found she had been married to two other men, with whom
she also had children, police said last Tuesday.
Under Egyptian and Islamic law, a man may marry up to four women, but
a woman is permitted no more than one husband.
In another case of a woman accused of polygamy, a newspaper
here reported last August that 32-year-old Sabah Abdel Kader had been
arrested for being married to five men at the same time.
Muslim personal law board elects new president June 24, 2002
Rabey, rector of the Nadwatul Ulema, a famous Islamic
university in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow, will head the All-India
Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which was formed three decades ago
to protect the "Shariah" or the Islamic law. As in the past, he was
elected unanimously and succeeded Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi, who died
Expressing satisfaction over the work done by the board to
fight the threat of replacing the Muslim personal law with a common
civil code, he said there was no scope for Muslims to go against the
Shariah and follow another law.
Civilian killings rise in Aceh insurgency June 18, 2002
Advocates of the new links with Indonesia's army and police,
including the U.S. deputy defense secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, contend
that Indonesia can only become a model of a moderate Muslim country if
it is fortified by a U.S.-influenced military that is able to hold the
archipelago country together against the forces of extremism.
The government of President Megawati Sukarnoputri has offered special
autonomy for Aceh that would allow the province to keep a greater
percentage of the revenues from its natural resources. The government
has also allowed provincial authorities to introduce Sharia, the legal
code of Islam.
These gestures have proved insufficient, and the war bleeds on.
Successive American administrations have opposed independence for
Aceh. No other major government supports independence, either.
Intrusive Remarks by German Officials Contrary to EU Ideals June 20
Tehran Times The German cooperation minister on Tuesday
warned the Loya Jirga delegates against returning to Islamic law, or
the Sharia. The German official argued that if they decide to restore
the Sharia in their country, they would deviate from the path of
democracy! The minister's remark is flagrant interference in
Afghanistan's internal affairs, as it is up to the Afghan people and
their representatives at Loya Jirga to decide the kind of constitution
they want for their country, not the outsiders, including German
Besides the interfering remarks made by the German
cooperation minister about Afghanistan, German Foreign Minister
Joschka Fischer also made some intrusive comments about the Islamic
Republic [Iran] by criticizing what he alleged were human rights
violations in this country.
Iran raises age of consent for brides to 13
The decision by Iran's Expediency Council arbitration body
watered down a bill passed by the reformist-dominated parliament in
2000 which tried to raise the age of consent to 15 for girls and 18
for boys to cut teenage marriages and ease criticism of Iran's human
That bill was vetoed by the Guardian Council, a 12-man body dominated
by conservative clerics whose job it is to ensure legislation conforms
to Islamic Sharia law.
Jordan profs fired for suicide bomb views June 5, 2002
Eight professors of Islamic studies who refused to label human
bomb attacks as suicide operations have been fired from public
universities following orders from security authorities, Muslim
Brotherhood sources said Wednesday.
Most of those dismissed were graduates and former professors
of sharia, or Islamic law, in Saudi Arabia. They "refused to amend the
ideology curricula to describe the martyr operations as suicide
bombings," the Brotherhood sources said.
Students to start Tawjihi exams June 15, 2002
Of this number, 86,192 students will be tested according to
the new system, which includes theoretical computer science, while
17,465 students will resit the general exam.
Sitting for the new system will be 21,887 students for the
scientific stream, 47,876 students for the literal stream, 15,687 for
the vocational stream and 748 for the sharia stream.
Credit corporation offers farmers Sharia-based financing June 21,2002
The Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC), Jordan's sole
agricultural loan provider since 1989, has granted JD1.5 million worth
of Islamic-based, profit-on-transaction financing to 317 farmers since
Farmers in the past boycotted the ACC because they opposed the
concept of interest-based loans, and since the corporation is the sole
finance provider in the agricultural sector, it was our responsibility
to cater to those who preferred an Islamic approach to assistance,
Women ask for divorce according to the new marital law - Feb.22,2002
The marital status law gives the Sharia court the opportunity
to try to maintain the relations between the wife and the husband as a
first phase and when efforts fail, the court resorts to " divorce " as
a last solution, as requested by the wife.
Worthy, mentioning that like other Arab and Islamic states,
the right of divorce was confined to the man alone in Jordan and this
was before amending the marital status law which gave the woman the
right to ask for "separation" despite the opposition of certain
This law was issued in the mid of December, 2001 in accordance with a
proposal submitted by a royal committee for human rights formed by
King Abdullah in 2000 in the context of the efforts aiming at making
administrative, economic and social reforms in the country.
Sharia for NEP, majimbo for the rest? comment June 22, 2002
Despite growing scepticism about whether the Constitutional
Review Commission will be able to finish its work, the progress of
consultations with citizens continues to be of great interest.
That northern Kenyans refer to the rest of the country as
"down Kenya," as though they are in a totally different nation, is not
a surprise. Their infrastructure is sorely lacking. They have suffered
immensely from repeated armed conflicts, which the rest of the country
patronisingly calls "cattle rustling" and "tribal raids."
That northern Kenyans have consolidated a position on this
injustice is long overdue. And that this position is finding
expression in their calls for a concerted developmental focus on the
region, or for majimbo, is certainly understandable.
However, that this position is taking on religious overtones and also
finding expression in calls for a province governed by Sharia (Islamic
law) is something that will require even greater consideration than
the proposals for majimbo.
Is Majimbo Federalism?
The contemporary political history of Kenya
Case against State Govts over criminal law to be heard tomorrow
The Federal Court will hear tomorrow lawyer Zaid Ibrahim's
application for leave to seek a declaration that the Kelantan and
Terengganu State Governments have no right to enact any criminal law.
Sale of $500 Million of Global Islamic Bonds started June 18, 2002
Malaysia plans to sell $500 million of five-year Islamic bonds
this week as it seeks to compete with Bahrain to be the center of a
$200 billion finance industry, bankers involved in the sale said.
The bonds are the first U.S.-dollar bonds to be sold by a government
that comply with an Islamic ban on the payment or receipt of interest,
which the religion equates with usury.
Malaysia is selling the bonds to help kick-start an
international market in debt that meets Sharia, or Islamic law, the
bankers said. The bonds are sold to investors who abide by the Koran.
The bonds will pay investors about 1 percentage point more than the
London Interbank Offer Rate, or Libor, using a Sharia- compliant
Malaysia is competing with Bahrain to establish a global
Islamic finance center, an industry that has grown by more than 10
percent a year and has assets worth about $200 billion, according to
industry estimates. Bahrain is the main banking center in the oil-rich
Malaysian Ruling Party Annual Congress Convenes 20 Jun 2002
UMNO, which has ruled Malaysia since independence from Britain
in 1957, saw its popularity slip in the 1999 elections. Mr. Mahathir
appeared to have alienated some Muslim Malays when he fired and jailed
his popular deputy Anwar Ibrahim. The introduction of Islamic law
could be a key ballot issue in the next elections.
Pas' Hudud Bill: 'We will intervene if it is within our power' June18
"The Federal Government will intervene to stop the
implementation of the Terengganu Syariah Criminal Enactment if it is
within its power to do so," Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir
Mohamad said today.
[Terrenganu] Pas will only consider views based on Hukum Allah
Source: New Straits Times Publication date: 2002-06-18
A Pas leader said the Terengganu Government will not entertain
views and suggestions based on human logic when reviewing the draft of
its Syariah Criminal Enactment Bill, which includes hudud.
State Executive Councillor Harun Taib, who is chairman of the Bill's
drafting committee, said only views and suggestions based on hukum
Allah (God's Laws) would be considered.
[Terengganu] Shahrizat avoiding Hudud Bill dialogue
Source: New Straits Times Publication date: 2002-06-13
Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has
accused Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Shahrizat Abdul
Jalil of running away from the dialogue session with drafters of the
Terengganu Syariah Criminal Enactment Bill, which includes hudud, this
"After making so much fuss about it, she does not want to attend the
dialogue," he said after visiting Pas president Datuk Fadzil Mohd Noor
at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital today. The closed-door
dialogue is with women groups from the joint action committee who
[Terengganu] WANITA Umno congress /New Straits Times 2002-06-20
Kemaman Wanita chief Rohani Abdullah said when Pas took over
Terengganu from the Barisan Nasional Government, it introduced a women
"However, Pas was only concerned with the plight of some 2,000
single mothers in the State." She claimed that the portfolio, which
was handled by a State male executive councillor, was only concerned
with finding partners for these mothers.
Malaysian Islamic Opposition Leader Dies Jun. 23, 2002
The soft-spoken Fadzil, known for being hardworking and
intelligent, joined PAS after completing a course on Islamic Sharia
Law at University Al-Azhar in Egypt in 1967.
New agents to bring more clients for BCB trustee service June 20,2002
Commerce Bank Bhd's (BCB) subsidiary Bumiputra-Commerce
Trustee Bhd (BCT) is confident of signing up more customers for its
"Hibah Harta" and "Hadiah Sulaman Kasih" trustee services with the
appointment of three network marketing agents.
Hibah Harta, designed for Muslims, and Hadiah Sulaman Kasih
for non-Muslims, offer a fast, secure and efficient process of asset
transfer and distribution with BCT acting as the trustee.
Hibah Harta complies with Syariah principles and BCT has the
endorsement of the Federal Territory Fatwa Council to offer the
service to Muslims.
Euro-MPs Pass Resolution Condemning Arrests & Death Penalties
http://allafrica.com/stories/200206180649.html June 18, 2002
The 233-strong EPP-ED Group has taken the lead on many
humanitarian issues including the crises in Zimbabwe, Madagascar,
Equatorial Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo, plus
highlighted the opportunity presented by peace in Angola, and urged
Nigeria to halt the stoning to death of women under Sharia Law. Now
with Africa's leaders preparing the final NEPAD proposals for the G-8
Summit, many are watching to ensure that this new structure's peer
review mechanism really does apply to human rights, economics,
elections and good governance.
The EPP-ED Group is the largest Political Group in the
626-member European Parliament and represents Conservative and
Christian Democrat parties from all 15 EU Member States
Woman Wins Award (+ $25,000) for Anti-Sharia Campaign
http://allafrica.com/stories/200206180234.html June 18, 2002
A Nigerian woman and co-ordinator of a human rights
organisation, BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, Ms. Ayesha Imam has
been selected as this year's John Humphrey Freedom Award recipient for
her work against the restrictive and discriminatory forms that the new
Sharia criminal laws in Nigeria have taken.
She has brought international attention to the discriminatory
application and conservative nature of Nigerian Sharia law through
such notable cases as Bariya Ibrahim Magazu, sentenced to 100 strokes
of the cane for having a baby out of wedlock; Hafsatu Abubakar,
sentenced to death by stoning (on appeal by BAOBAB, the conviction was
quashed); and Safiya Hussein, sentenced to death by stoning for
adultery while the alleged partner was set free.
I'm Not Anti-Sharia, Says Woman Award Winner /This Day June 23, 2002
"Not only is the original headline inaccurate, it wholly
misrepresents the work that BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights and I do.
"The public conscience work is based on clarifying and improving the
current versions of Sharia law, rather than allowing the current and
biased versions of Sharia to stand unchallenged.
"The issue is not that these laws are religious laws. It is
that in the name of religious laws, women's rights are being destroyed
and reduced. "
"This is why we have helped to popularise the work of the many
Muslim scholars and jurists around the world on the importance and
legitimacy of istijihad by using reasoning to develop legal
principles, and, recognising istihasan (equity) and istisahl (the
public good) as important principles in drafting laws.
Why Federal Government won't challenge Sharia in court June 18, 2002
Stating reasons why Federal Government would not go to court
over the adoption of Sharia, by some states, the minister [of Justice,
Mr. Agabi] said only private rights were rights violated by the
application of the code were Agabi said the rights that are violated
by the application of Sharia are rights that are vested in private
persons. They are not rights vested in the penal code. So, it is for
those whose rights are violated to sue. For instance, when Jangebi's
hand was cut, it was his hand that was cut. If he feels that his
rights had been violated and that people should not be subjected to
that kind of punishment, he should sue.
[Kano] 2003: Na'abba Mobilises Muslims June 18, 2002
In his address, the deputy governor of Kano state Dr.
Abdullahi Umar Gandije, disclosed that the state governor will soon
enact a legislation to back Hisbah group (sharia enforcing body).
He said the legislation when promulgated would address the lingering
problems faced by the men of Hisbah, while carrying out their duties.
Speaking further, Gandiye who defended the adoption of the Islamic
legal code in some northern states, took a swipe at "those who are
hell bent as substaging the law."
Acceptance Of Sharia Law In Nigeria /RMS Media Services 2000
Consent to implementation of Sharia depends more on ethnicity
than religious affiliation. [surveys].
Islamic Legal Analysis of the Zina Punishment January 20, 2001
http://www.islamfortoday.com/zinanigeria.htm By Asifa Quraishi
Supreme Court reserves judgement in Riba case June 23, 2002
The Supreme Court Shariat Appellate Bench Saturday reserved
its judgement on Riba case.
The government is seeking complete reversal of the 1992
Federal Shariat Court judgment, declaring all forms of interest-based
banking as un-Islamic.
All types of `riba' is haram, Supreme Court told June 22, 2002
Governor: Jehad a threat to national sovereignty June 22, 2002
[Balochistan] Balochistan Governor Amirul Mulk Mangal said on
Saturday that the ideology of poet-philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal
must be adopted to spread harmony, Online news agency reported.
"Iqbal's concept was to have a state where the Sharia (Islamic
law) was imposed through Ijtihad (independent judgement)."
Iqbal believed Parliament should comprise technocrats and have the
powers of Ijtihad and non-Ulema (Muslim clergy) experts should have a
place in it, he observed.
Islamic Fundamentalism - conversation with Khaled Ahmed 19 Febr 2002
Hamas claims responsibility for suicide bombing
The radical Islamic group Hamas claimed responsibility for
Tuesday's suicide bombing of a bus in Jerusalem, in a telephone call
Ghul's brother, Amjad, told AFP the 23-year-old kamikaze was
studying Islamic law, or Sharia, at Al-Najah University in Nablus.
Saudis arrest 13 al-Qaeda suspects /The Scotsman 2002-06-19
No date was given for the arrests, but some appear to have
happened several months ago. The announcement, however, came a week
after Moroccan authorities detained three Saudis, accusing them of
planning to attack US and British warships in the Straits of
Gibraltar. The Saudi press agency said investigations were continuing
into the detainees, who would later face a "sharia [Islamic] court and
Analysis: Is Saudi a terrorist nation? June 14, 2002
Since the kingdom's founding in 1902 by Abdel Aziz ibn Saud,
the desert country has existed under a strict Wahabi religious code of
Shariah, or Islamic law, where the mutawa, the religious police, enjoy
an overwhelming free hand and were allowed to enforce traditions and
regulations as they see fit.
Accordingly, the mutawa banned just about everything that is taken for
granted in the Western world, and even in many other Islamic nations.
From pop music to long hair, to Western dress for women, all forms of
individual expression became taboo and severely punishable. Unmarried
women and single men are prohibited to mix. Women are not even allowed
to socialize with males to whom they are not directly related.
Although women in Saudi Arabia make up half the population, they are
not allowed to vote. Nor are they allowed to drive cars. They are
excluded from certain professions and they are required to be shrouded
in long, black abayas whenever they appear in public. Saudi women
cannot apply for identity cards, receive medical treatment or leave
the country without consent from their closest male relative. In many
areas of the country, women cannot even leave their homes without
being escorted by a male relative. Penalties for failing to acquiesce
to the rules and regulations imposed by the mutawa can result in
severe punishment that could include imprisonment, and even death by
stoning or beheading.
In a country where alcohol is banned, as are cinemas, nightclubs,
cafes and other forms of amusements that allow young people to mingle,
there is no space permitted for the young to spend their built-up
energy -- an energy that simply had to explode sometime, somewhere.
Khartoum Bans Fashion Shows June 22, 2002
In a circular addressed to hotels in the city, the director of
the state government's tourism administration, Aladdin Khawwad, says
"fashion shows by girls will no longer be permissible."
Sudanese Begin Fresh Peace Talks in Kenya Jun 17, 2002
In his opening remarks, the SPLA's number two, Salva Kir,
reiterated the rebels insistence on a secular constitution for Sudan.
"On the issue of religion and state there is no illusion that a
breakthrough could be found to resolve it. The government of Sudan's
insistence that every citizen has got to be governed by a theocratic
constitution under the form of a highly centralized federal system is
unacceptable to us.
Yet [presidential adviser] Atabani rejected this possibility
at a press conference earlier in the day.
"The word secular has some negative connotations in the Islamic world
so we would rather not dwell upon labels and semantics. Sharia is part
of the religion of Islam and as such it is the right of Muslims to
have sharia. But that sharia must not impinge on the rights of
"We are ready to agree to a system whereby full religious freedoms are
granted to all minorities, to all religious groups. Sharia (laws) are
not applied in southern Sudan for the simple fact that the majority of
the population there is not Muslim.
Islamic banking and e-commerce 16June2002
This very danger of being blown away faces the present day
Islamic banks in particular, for the Islamic banks have both a
disadvantage and an advantage in this field. Their disadvantage being
that they are yet to be recognised by the major central banks as there
is still not a single definition of what constitutes Islamic banking
This leaves the Islamic banks with the hard but inevitable
task of developing the necessary standards and practices whilst at all
times ensuring the compliance of these standards and the institutions
for whom they have been specifically developed with the international
accounting, auditing, governance and ethical thoughts relating to
their activities which have to be in the first place in accordance
with the Sharia rules. This will also entail development of the
Islamic codes and ethical practices in accordance with the Sharia
standards for the investment, financing and insurance industry as
Militant groups in the UK /Guardian June 19, 2002
" Supporters of Sharia"
Leader: Self-styled Sheikh Abu Hamza
Membership: Thought to be 200 at most
Associated closely with Finsbury Park mosque in north London, the
Supporters of Sharia also wish to re-establish the Caliphate. Abu
Hamza was named in a Yemeni court as the man who sent eight Britons
there to carry out terrorist bombings on western targets. Egyptian-
born Hamza lost both hands and an eye fighting in Afghanistan.
Abu Hamza and two other men were arrested in March 1999, held
under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, but released without charge.
Last October he was forced to relinquish control of the Finsbury Park
mosque after a legal fight and recently he was banned by the charities
commission from speaking at the mosque.
Fresh fuel for old hatreds - June 22 2002
( El-Faisal faces trial in November after being charged, under
the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, of encouraging "others to
murder persons unknown". He denies the charges)
Keenly watching the outcome will be Sheik Abu Hamza, a London
cleric often cited as radical or extremist, a label he denies. He
claims the far Right, not young Muslims, are the main perpetrators of
attacks on Jews. "In Islam you can say whatever you like as long as
you don't abuse anybody." But Hamza, whose group, Supporters of Sharia
(Islamic law), is a magnet for young Muslims and converts, argues that
Judaism is a racist religion because it is based on Jews being chosen
by God. "You can't be chosen by race," he says. "God doesn't choose by
Guardian Special Report - Muslim Britain June 17-21, 2002
[Senate hearings] Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women June 17, 2002
Conservative feminist author Christina Hoff Sommers testified
against the convention as the wrong way to help women.
Critics of CEDAW have argued that if we ratify it with
reservations, those reservations will in the end count for naught. But
Cornell University law professor Jeremy Rabkin makes a different
point: Perhaps reservations can basically nullify the treaty. But
then, what's the point of it? Saudi Arabia, he notes, has ratified
CEDAW with the "reservation" that it will continue to impose sharia
law in cases of conflict. "It's part of the general debasement of
international law. We know going into it that most signatories don't
mean it," he says. "It's one more push for the idea that
[international law is] all fantasyland. . . . that the world is a
Banking on the common good / The Guardian 2002-06-18
Islamic banks and finance houses have therefore developed a
number of methods of financing and lending in line with sharia
A cost plus profit contract that avoids interest. The bank purchases
the goods the buyer wants, then 'sells' them back at an agreed
mark-up, receiving the money in monthly instalments. Because the bank
takes the title to the goods and is involved in buying and selling, it
counts as a legitimate service. Advancing the money, even at a fixed
interest rate, would not.
Essentially a joint venture in which the risk is shared by two parties
cooperating on a single venture. An individual and a bank enter into
partnership and both share the equity and often the management of the
project, as well as the profits or losses.
Ijara Wa Iktina
The equivalent of leasing, or hire-purchasing. As long as the leased
items, most often cars, are used productively it does not contravene
sharia. [Paul Kelso].
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