Decision on Shar’ia Law Sparks Jewish Protest

September 13, 2005

Source: The Globe and Mail

On September 13, 2005 The Globe and Mail reported, "A Jewish group is considering mounting a constitutional challenge to Premier Dalton McGuinty's recently announced ban on faith-based arbitration, while conservative Muslim leaders vow to continue using sharia to resolve family disputes. Mubin Sheikh, with the Masjid-al-Noor mosque in Toronto, said he will still be guided by Islamic law when he mediates Muslims' disputes over child-support payments, custody and inheritance -- regardless of whether the Ontario government introduces legislation banning religious arbitration... Frank Dimant, executive vice-president of B'nai Brith Canada, said officials will consult with lawyers today at a national board meeting to consider a constitutional challenge to a ban on rabbinical courts. Mr. McGuinty's unexpected announcement Sunday that he will outlaw all existing religious tribunals not only failed to end the controversy about the issue but left many unanswered questions about how far the ban will go and how it will be implemented."