Calls for a Parliamentary inquiry into the scale of Islamic law in the UK are mounting after the body representing solicitors in England and Wales issued formal guidance on making Sharia wills. Guess the Archbishop was right!
The Law Society was accused of giving its stamp of approval to discriminatory practices after it published advice on writing wills which deny women an equal share and exclude “illegitimate” children or unbelievers. The society denied promoting Sharia and insisted that it was simply responding to (Muslim) demand. A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: “Sharia ‘law’ has no jurisdiction in England and Wales and the Government has no intention to change this position.” The Lawyers’ Secular Society has been collecting signatures in an online petition urging the Law Society to withdraw the guidance.