Sharia Zones Sprout Up In Advance Of Caliphate Across Europe, Canada, And U.S.

Kenneth Lim

Supporters of sharia zones have been harassing drinking establishments in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discourage the consumption of alcohol. This creeping phenomenon, which has Danish bar-owners up in arms, is also manifesting itself across Europe, Canada, and the United States.

Appealing to their government for help, bar operators in the Nørrebro suburb of Copenhagen, claim that advocates of sharia zones demand money, and throw stones through windows of targeted establishments. According to International Business Times, Heidi Dyrnesli of Cafe Heimdal recently told local Radio24syv, that some young men just walked into her bar and ordered all guests to leave.

"They shouted that the site belongs to them and that Norrebro is a sharia zone, so there is no drinking alcohol."
"The society (in Syria) has risen up as a society and says that we want Islam as our way of life. And the West will not have it and this is what we are seeing…. The problem is that we don't understand our own system — the Khilafa (caliphate). And therefore, how do we support the people of Syria? We must send money and help the refugees that are coming here in every way that we can."

As of 2014, seven states in the U.S. "banned Sharia law," or passed some kind of measure that "prohibits the states' courts from considering foreign, international or religious law," although Muslims continue to operate their sharia zones in private. In 2006, the province of Ontario, Canada, banned arbitration of family law disputes under any body of laws except Ontario law, although arbitration under religious laws is said to flourish in Canada's unregulated Muslim enclaves. In 2014, around 85 "sharia courts" were said to be openly functional in the U.K. under two rival services, Islamic Sharia Council and the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal.

According to U.K.'s The Sun, Abu Izzadeen, the self-styled "Director for Waltham Forest Muslims," campaigned in 2011 to make London's Borough of Waltham Forest the first of Britain's sharia zones. He painted a picture of what it would be like to live under Quranic law.

"Women would have to cover up. It should be forbidden that they are not. Thieves should have their hands cut off."

Denmark's Minister for Integration, Inger Stoejberg, who visited the neighborhood on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, posted a warning on Facebook.

"No I can guarantee you that it is not [a Sharia zone] and will never be! And you're kinda pretty lucky that this is not a Sharia zone, as you get a fair trial when the police get a hold of you."

As the Danish people wring their hands, sharia zones proliferate across Europe and other parts of the world.

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