Down in Oz, Dr. Zacharia Matthews, president of the Australian Islamic Mission, is taking a break from his pro-hijab efforts to agitate for a parallel legal system that incorporates some elements of Sharia law for Australian Muslims:
”I don’t think we are so unsophisticated that we cannot consider a multilayered legal system as long as it doesn’t conflict with the existing civil system.”
Not the “stone adulterous women to death” bits, nor even the “cut the hands of thieves” pieces, but rather domestic law:
Dr Matthews said a clash occurred in some custody matters. ”Under sharia law, if a couple divorce and the mother remarries, her former husband has the right to decide whether the children will live with the new husband or not,” Dr Matthews said.
”There is still a preference for the child to go with the mother, but the father has the ultimate decision.
”This does not exist in Australian law but I do not believe it clashes fundamentally with Australian values or the Australian legal system.”
Quite right, why get an impartial third party involved when the ex-husband has a deeper knowledge of the players involved?
It seems quite reasonable.