A court has been opened in Antwerp which handles marriage disputes and inheritance issues (for now) according to Islamic law. It’s an initiative of the radical Muslim group Shariah4Belgium, reports Het Laatste Nieuws.
Monica De Coninck, (Left Wing) Alderman for Diversity (sp.a.), says that in itself it’s good that religious instances mediate in their communities, though it would have been better if it weren’t
done by Islamic fundamentalists. De Coninck stresses this is not a court which can pronounce and execute sentences. If it’s simply a mediator, she sees no problem with it, and says that her department is monitoring Shariah4Belgium. (For what? They are calling for the overthrow of your government and you are giving them their own courts)
In the past Sharia 4 Belgium has promoted online Jihad videos and invited Belgians to convert to Islam lest they wait for the Islamic conquest and become forced to live out their lives as dhimmis (distantly second-class citizens).
Despite that ideological background, the group claim to be non-violent.
Belgian right-wing politician Vlaams Belang does not accept that this Shariah court is merely a benign mediator, and said recently that (translated from HLN):
“This court is a new step in the Islamization of Antwerp… you certainly can’t have a parallel system of Sharia courts developing besides the official judicial bodies, which judges based on principles which clash with the values of our democratic constitutional state.”