Islamic Marriage and the Legal System: Mahr/Dowr – Family Law

Posted August 8th, 2022 in families, Islam, islamic law, marriage, news by tracey

‘Tahir Khan, barrister, provides some useful legal and practical guidance on Islamic mahr/dower and its validity and recognition under English Law, together with some of the challenges and difficulties that face practitioners when confronted with such matters.’

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Family Law, 4th August

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Ali v Heathrow Express Operating Company Ltd & Anor – Equality Law Blog

‘This decision is a reminder that, where unwanted conduct related to a protected characteristic is not intended to offend, intimidate, etc, an objective test applies to the question whether conduct amounts to harassment. The claimant was a Muslim employee of Heathrow Express. He complained of harassment and direct discrimination connected with religion after receiving an email concerning a security test carried out by the second respondent, which was responsible for carrying out security checks at Heathrow Airport and Heathrow Express stations at the airport. The test in question had involved a bag containing a box, some electric cabling and, visible at the top, a piece of paper with the words “Allahu Akbar” written in Arabic. The email reporting on the results of the test and included images of the bag and the note.’

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Equality Law Blog, 24th May 2022

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Withholding religious divorce controlling and coercive behaviour: Moher – Law & Religion UK

‘In 2021, the UK Parliament passed amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill and the Serious Crime Act which stipulated that withholding a Get can constitute a violation of those laws. The draft statutory guidance under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 recognised that withholding a religious divorce both by Muslim and Jewish husbands may constitute controlling or coercive behaviour and a form of spiritual abuse which could lead the husband to be imprisoned. This development was in reaction to various calls for action to tackle the issue of ‘chained wives’ in religious communities.’

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Law & Religion UK, 17th May 2022

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Terrorism offenders ‘enjoy high status’ in prison, QC’s official report says – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2022 in hate crime, Islam, news, prisons, reports, terrorism by sally

‘Some terrorists in prison enjoy status and celebrity among their fellow inmates amid a culture of fear and violence in jails in England and Wales that is being exacerbated by staffing cuts, an official review has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2022

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Harassment in employment?: Ali v Heathrow Express – Law & Religion UK

‘Anis Ali, a Muslim, worked for the Heathrow Express which was at the relevant time run by the first respondent, Heathrow Express Operating Company Ltd. The second respondent, Redline Assured Security Ltd, was responsible for carrying out security checks at the airport and the Heathrow Express stations. The checks involved creating and leaving suspicious objects to test how security officers responded to them, and in August 2017 it carried out a test using a bag containing a box, some electric cable and, visible at the top, a piece of paper with the words “Allahu Akbar” written in Arabic. Subsequently, the Operating Company sent an e-mail reporting on the results of the test and including images of the bag and the note to a group of employees – including Mr Ali.’

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Law & Religion UK, 19th April 2022

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Ali Harbi Ali given whole-life sentence for murder of David Amess – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2022 in imprisonment, Islam, murder, news, parliament, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘Ali Harbi Ali, 26, was handed a whole-life tariff by Mr Justice Sweeney after being convicted on Monday of murdering the MP and of planning terrorist attacks on other MPs, including the cabinet minister Michael Gove, for two years before he killed Amess.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2022

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Sir David Amess: Man found guilty of murdering MP – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2022 in Islam, murder, news, parliament, terrorism by tracey

‘An IS fanatic has been found guilty of murdering Sir David Amess MP.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2022

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Barrister sanctioned for “offensive” Muslim tweet wins appeal – Legal Futures

‘A Bar Standards Board (BSB) panel applied too low a threshold in sanctioning a barrister for a tweet about Muslims that it said would cause offence, a tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 28th March 2022

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Fight against grooming gangs hindered by fear of being branded racist, says official – The Independent

Posted February 7th, 2022 in child abuse, children, inquiries, Islam, news, Pakistan, racism, sexual grooming, sexual offences by tracey

‘The fight against grooming gangs is still being hampered by authorities’ fears that they could be called racist for documenting abusers’ ethnicity, an official has said.’

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The Independent, 6th January 2022

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Far-right extremists and jihadists must be punished equally, solicitor-general says as neo-Nazi cases rise – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2022 in Islam, news, proscribed organisations, sentencing, suspended sentences, terrorism by tracey

‘Far-right extremists and jihadists must be punished equally, the solicitor-general has said following a rise in terror cases involving neo-Nazis.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2022

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‘Westernisation’ can provide basis for leave to remain in UK, tribunal rules – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 18th, 2022 in Iraq, Islam, news, refugees, treaties by tracey

‘Westernisation can provide a basis for a claim for leave to remain in the UK where individuals face a real risk of persecution if they would not be able to adhere to the norms of conservative societies, a tribunal has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th January 2022

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Terror offender accused of ‘grooming’ Manchester Arena bomber will refuse to answer inquiry questions – The Independent

‘A terror convict who allegedly “groomed” the Manchester Arena bomber will refuse to ask questions if he is ordered to give evidence at the public inquiry into the attack.’

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The Independent, 15th October 2021

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Inquiry Finds Religious Groups Are Failing Over Child Sex Abuse – Each Other

‘UK religious groups have been accused of “shocking failings” and “blatant hypocrisy” in the way they handle child sex abuse allegations, according to the findings of a recent inquiry.’

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Each Other, 7th September 2021

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Millions of children in religious groups in England and Wales vulnerable to abuse – The Guardian

‘Children involved in religious organisations, including Sunday schools and madrasas, are vulnerable to sexual abuse in cultures where victim blaming, abuse of power and mistrust of external authorities are common, a report says. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said there was “no doubt that the sexual abuse of children takes place in a broad range of religious settings”. It found evidence of “egregious failings” and highlighted the hypocrisy of religions that purport to teach right from wrong, yet fail to protect children.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2021

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Barrister fined for tweet that “could promote hostility towards Muslims” – Legal Futures

‘A barrister at the centre of a storm of outrage over tweets he published earlier this year has been fined and warned over one tweet that was offensive and “could promote hostility towards Muslims”.’

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Legal Futures, 26th August 2021

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Tommy Robinson loses libel case brought by Syrian schoolboy – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2021 in assault, children, damages, defamation, internet, Islam, news, victims, young persons by sally

‘The anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson has lost a libel case brought against him by a Syrian schoolboy who was filmed being attacked at school.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2021

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Boy, 11, referred to Prevent for wanting to give ‘alms to the oppressed’ – The Guardian

‘An 11-year-old primary school pupil was referred to the government’s controversial counter-radicalisation Prevent programme after a teacher mistook the word “alms” for “arms” during a classroom discussion.’

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The Guardian, 27th June 2021

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Religious circumcision in the courts again: P – Law & Religion UK

‘In P (Circumcision: Child in Care) [2021] EWHC 1616 (Fam), a boy aged 21 months, P, was subject to an interim care order in favour of X Local Authority. P’s mother, supported by P’s father, who were Muslim, sought the court’s authorisation to have P circumcised [2 & 3]. P had lived all his life with relatives, Mr and Mrs R, who were likely soon to become his permanent carers under a Special Guardianship Order [1]: they were not Muslims but had agreed that they would care for P throughout his life and would respect his Muslim heritage [7]. P also had an older brother and an older half-brother who lived with other relatives (not Mr and Mrs R), also under a Special Guardianship Order [5]’

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Law & Religion UK, 16th June 2021

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Judge dismisses application by birth parents for boy in interim care to be circumcised before second birthday – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has dismissed an application by a mother for a boy (P), who is aged 21 months and in interim care, to be circumcised in accordance with the custom of the Muslim faith before his second birthday.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2021

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Group accuses London borough of religious discrimination in planning dispute – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 15th, 2021 in equality, Islam, local government, news, planning, religious discrimination by sally

‘The London Borough of Barnet has been accused of breaching equalities legislation by a Muslim group in a planning case.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2021

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