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to Ensure Sharia Law is never instilled fully into Britain

Sharia is the body of Islamic law implemented in Muslim countries across the world including Libya and Sudan, although most modern Islamic nations operate a dual legal system with elements of secular law alongside it.

All aspects of a Muslim's life are governed by sharia, which is derived from a combination of sources including the Koran, the Hadith - the sayings and conduct of the prophet Muhammad - and fatwas, the rulings of Islamic scholars.

In a number of countries, sharia law is associated with draconian punishments for crimes such as theft, adultery or blasphemy, such as amputation of limbs, death by stoning or lashes. In Afghanistan, a student who downloaded a report on women's rights from the internet is facing the death penalty.

In Saudi Arabia, a women who was raped was recently found guilty of being in the company of strangers in private and was sentenced to be lashed, though she was subsequently pardoned.

Part of the controversy surrounding sharia arises because there have been centuries of dispute over how it should be interpreted and implemented.For example, the Koran simply says that women should dress modestly, but it does not define what this means. Some cultures have interpreted this rigidly, insisting that women should cover themselves from head to toe in burkhas, while others only require head scarves.

Critics say that because the law is largely determined by men, women can find themselves disadvantaged in areas such as marriage, divorce and inheritance