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-Florida Judge Rules That the Case Proceed Under Islamic Sharia Law

by Dr. D ~ March 19th, 2011

In a dispute between Muslim parties a Florida Circuit Court judge has ruled that the case can proceed under provisions of Islamic Sharia law. This is one of the first cases where Islamic law has been recognized in an American court and deferred to:



Response: Note from the document that if the two parties cannot resolve the dispute among themselves then the case is:

to be presented to an Islamic judge for determination and that is or can be an A’lim.

This brings up the question –what Islamic judge? Have alternative Sharia courts already been established in the USA and under what authority? Also, an A’lim is an Islamic scholar which has authority to rule on Islamic law. Where is one of that stature in the US? Most recognized A’lims are in the Middle East.

In American civil law parties in a dispute have the right to take their case before a mediator agreed upon by all. This is probably the provision of American law that has made this possible.

However it would seem to me to be a dangerous precedent with possible unforeseen consequences. There are a whole lot of provisions within Islamic law that conflict with the laws of the USA and particularly the rights of all of its citizens especially women.            *Top

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5 Responses to -Florida Judge Rules That the Case Proceed Under Islamic Sharia Law

  1. Jacob Andrews

    Sounds scary, but we need more details. What is the case about? Who is involved?

    I ask because, for example, in my denomination (Episcopal/Anglican), there have been a number of lawsuits over church property. In many of these disputes, Episcopal canon law has been invoked, because canon law has to do with the relationship between parishes, ministers, and dioceses. I see nothing with that. Actually, St Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 6 that we should keep our legal disputes within the Church, to be judged by Christians, as much as possible. As far as I can tell, these Muslims are doing the same thing within their religion.

  2. Brian H

    Yes, the Bible does tell us to handle disputes among believers. I wonder why the Muslims would have filed suit in the circuit court in the first place if they were trying to handle it among themselves??

    An American judge acting under our constitutional system has just given legal standing and recognition to Islamic law. This is only the beginning!! Isn’t it amazing how quickly things are speeding toward the end.

  3. Dr. D

    Jacob, Good observation and it occurred to me also since the plaintiffs in this case were trustees suing their own non-profit. However, my question is the same as Brian’s -why did they bring the case before an American court in the first place unless they were really seeking an excuse for recognition before the law? Now they have it.

    Also, Circuit Courts are for appeals which implies that this is not a new case but have already been before a previous court which again begs the question of why they didn’t resolve this among themselves in the first place.

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  5. Dr. D

    The case is even worse than I thought. Only one of the parties wanted it to go before sharia arbitration. The other parties involved wanted it settled in American courts. Nevertheless the judge sent it on anyway to Islamic sharia mediation. Here are some more details concerning this case:


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