Here it comes: UK legal guidelines for “sharia compliant” wills to be adopted

Here it comes: UK legal guidelines for “sharia compliant” wills to be adopted

Islamic law is to be effectively enshrined in the British legal system for the   first time under guidelines for solicitors on drawing up “Sharia compliant”   wills.

Under ground-breaking guidance, produced by The Law Society, High Street   solicitors will be able to write Islamic wills that deny women an equal   share of inheritances and exclude unbelievers altogether.

The documents, which would be recognised by Britain’s courts, will also   prevent children born out of wedlock – and even those who have been adopted   – from being counted as legitimate heirs.

Anyone married in a church, or in a civil ceremony, could be excluded from   succession under Sharia principles, which recognise only Muslim weddings for   inheritance purposes.

Nicholas Fluck, president of The Law Society, said the guidance would promote   “good practice” in applying Islamic principles in the British legal system. …

The guidance, quietly published this month and distributed to solicitors in   England and Wales, details how wills should be drafted to fit Islamic   traditions while being valid under British law.

It suggests deleting or amending standard legal terms and even words such as   “children” to ensure that those deemed “illegitimate” are denied any claim   over the inheritance.

It recommends that some wills include a declaration of faith in Allah which   would be drafted at a local mosque, and hands responsibility for drawing up   some papers to Sharia courts.

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