Sharia Law in the UK

10.07.2011

The Daily Star reports that hardcore Islamists are determined to establish new Sharia law enforcement zones across the UK, starting with the London borough of Waltham Forest later this month. In these zones, alcohol (as well as any other drugs and smoking), gambling, concerts, porn and prostitution, for instance, will be banned. The group has coalesced around the preacher Anjem Choudary, an Islamic extremist from London and former leader of the Islamist organisations al-Muhajiroun and Islam4UK. Choudary is a strong supporter of sharia law and has publicly called for its introduction in the UK on several occasions. In May, he appeared in the news for planning a public funeral service for Bin Laden. According to the Daily Star, the preacher Anjem Choudary “has called the scheme an alternative to government attempts to combat violent extremism under the Prevent strategy”. The call for Sharia-controlled zones affects those 25 areas across the country that the government has described as those areas where violent extremism is a problem. In the long run, the group is hoping to establish an Islamic Emirate.