‘We want to offer sharia law to Britain’

Islamic courts meet every week in the UK to rule on divorces and financial disputes. Clare Dwyer Hogg and Jonathan Wynne-Jones report on demands by senior Muslims that sharia be given legal authority. Amnah is a modern British Muslim. She is dressed in a denim skirt and her head is covered in a hijab. Poised and self-assured, she has come to meet Dr Suhaib Hasan, a silver-bearded sheikh who sits behind his desk, surrounded by religious books. But why would I have to observe the waiting period?” she asks him. “What are the reasons?” There is an urgency to her questions. Clare Dwyer Hogg and Jonathan Wynne-Jones report.