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Britain's justice system should be the same for all
Britain has generally been welcoming to those who come to this country to share in the benefits of our tolerant, democratic way of life and to make a useful contribution to society. The Islamic community has, for half a century, typified that mutual accommodation. Only recently has it become embarrassed by a tiny minority of radical extremists who are an even more immediate problem for their fellow Muslims than for the wider community.
Promoting sharia is part of the radicals' anti-integration agenda. Now, as we report today, the Law Society is issuing new guidance for solicitors in drawing up "sharia compliant" wills that conform to Islamic law. This is a worrying development because sharia disadvantages women, children involved in custody battles, illegitimate or adopted heirs, and a significant number of men who, for one reason or another, fall foul of its precepts. More Muslim citizens stand to lose crucial rights under a sharia-influenced system than to benefit, and it is certainly not "anti-Muslim" for our legal system to defend their interests just as it protects everyone else's.
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