Last year I launched a family solutions charity for Muslims. Unity Family Services, based in Glasgow, helps Scottish Muslims solve personal disputes. So far we have saved dozens of marriages, an outcome which is best for the couple, the children, and society in general. Our main adviser on Islamic law, Shaykh Amer Jamil, is trained not just in Islamic law, but also in British law, and an important part of his job is ensuring that there are no conflicts between them.
Some people have accused us of trying to implement sharia law by the back door through this counseling service. They are wrong. The use of Islamic rules to settle disputes poses no threat whatsoever to British law. Let me explain.