Originally posted February 9, 2008 (Creeping Sharia blog’s first post); updates below.
It’s not scary enough that some archbishop in England has submitted to Islam and has declared that sharia law in the UK is unavoidable – right here in the USA a Court of Appeals in Texas has ruled that the Texas Islamic Court (did you know that existed?) is legit!
The parties will ask the courts to refer the cases for arbitration to Texas Islamic court within “Seven Days” from the establishment of the Texas Islamic Court panel of Arbitrators. The assignment must include ALL cases, including those filed against or on behalf of other family members related to the parties. Each party will notify the other party, Texas Islamic Court, and their respective attorneys, in writing of the assignment of all the above Cause Numbers from the above appropriate District Court to Texas Islamic Court.
Hence my motivation to start documenting this disturbing trend. Why disturbing, check back frequently and you’ll soon see why.
From the zTruth blog, Ever heard of the Texas Islamic Court?:
Islamic Court in Texas may have a role for Muslims. An appellate court appears to have upheld sharia law in a divorce which is shocking.
Isn’t this a dangerous precedent for our democracy? We all have to abide by the laws of our city, state and country. Anytime, any religious law is allowed to take precedent, it should alarm you.
Critiques [sic] have been arguing that Islamists are chipping away at out laws. This may be a great example:
1. The Parties agree to arbitrate all existing issues among them in the above mentioned Cause Numbers in the appropriate District Court, which includes the Divorce Case, the child custody of the [sic] Noor Qaddura and Farah Qaddura, the determination of each party’s responsibilities and duties according to the Islamic rules of law by Texas Islamic Court.
2.All parties agree to sign the Texas Islamic Court required legal forms, and each party pays his required fees.
3.The panel of arbitrators of Texas Islamic Court will be formed according to the rules and regulations of Texas Islamic Court. However, the parties agree and suggest the following names for the panel:
Mujahid Bakhash, the Imam of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Texas. .Main El-quda, the Imam of the Islamic Society of Arlington, Arlington, Texas. .Abdel Salam Abu-Nar, the Imam of Dar Assalam Islamic Center, Arlington, Texas
4.Each Party will submit all of his documents, exhibits, and evidence to Texas Islamic Court.
5.The parties agree that the Ruling of the Texas Islamic Court in the above mentioned Cause Numbers is Binding, and Final, and no party will take any appeal or future legal action of any matter afterwards.
…We reverse the trial court’s orders denying Appellants’ motions to stay litigation and to compel arbitration in these two consolidated cases. We render judgment that the Arbitration Agreement signed by the parties is valid and enforceable and covers all disputes between the parties that arose prior to the date the parties signed the Arbitration Agreement, including all matters that were the subject of the partial summary judgment previously granted by the trial court.
More: Islamic sharia court also functioning in Minnesota (surprise).