The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils wants Muslims to be able to marry, divorce and conduct financial transactions under the principles of shari’a law. In a submission to the Federal Parliament’s Committee on Multicultural Affairs, the Federation has asked for the change.
(They have been told ‘NO SHARI’A’ but still they keep pushing…and pushing…and pushing…Will Gillard cave?)
Vinienco – The nation’s peak Muslim group is using the Gillard government’s re-embracing of multiculturalism to push for the introduction of Sharia in Australia, but it says it would be a more moderate variety of Islamic law that fits with Australian values.(Sure, it would)
The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, in a submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the government’s new multiculturalism policy, argues that Muslims should enjoy “legal pluralism.”
In an interview with The Australian, the organization’s president, Ikebal Adam Patel, who wrote the submission, nominated family law and specifically divorce as an area where moderate interpretations of Sharia could co-exist within the Australian legal system. In the submission, the AFIC acknowledges some Muslims believe Islamic law is immutable, regardless of history, time, culture and location. “They claim that Muslims may change, but Islam will not,” it says.
The AFIC argues this is not the case and Sharia can be applied in a way that fits in to Australia and is not extreme. “This means most of the regulations in Islamic law may be amended, changed, altered, and adapted to social change.
“Therefore, Muslims Australia-AFIC takes the position that Islamic law is changeable according to the requirements of different places and times, and therefore suits the values shared by Australian people,” the submission says. In its submission to the inquiry, the AFIC says criticisms of Sharia as being biased against women and treating them as second-class citizens are wrong. (Sure, they are)
“But it is also important for the Australian government to respect the rights of Muslim women who want to keep and maintain the way they dress, eat and interact with others, as long as such behavior does not inflict harm to others.
“Muslims in Australia should accept the Australian values, and Australia should provide a ‘public sphere’ for Muslims to practice their belief. “This approach demands a compromise from Islam, which should be open to other values, and also to make a similar demand of Australia. “It is not only Australian Muslims who should reconcile these identities, but all Australians.