Britain has significantly seen arguments for the implementation of Islamic Commercial Law which is based on the Shariah. While there are strong arguments against the application of the Shariah laws pertaining to human rights, crime and punishment as well as to inheritance, the application of the Shariah law to banking and business is increasingly being observed in the positive light.
“In his book Islam in Britain, Patrick Sookhdeo, director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity, says there is an ‘alternative parallel unofficial legal system’ that operates in the Muslim community on a voluntary basis. ‘Sharia courts now operate in most larger cities, with different sectarian and ethnic groups operating their own courts that cater to their specific needs according to their traditions,’ he says. These are based on sharia councils, set up inBritainto help Muslims solve family and personal problems.” (Rozenberg, 2006)