The ISC wishes all its friends a peaceful and blessed Ramadan; and may all our deeds and duas be accepted. Please note that we will be closed for the last week of Ramadan insha’Allah – from the 17th-23rd April.

The Islamic Shari'a Council Building in Leyton

We are the oldest Shari’a Council in Europe, established in 1982, and were formed to solve the matrimonial problems of Muslims living in the United Kingdom in the light of Islamic family law. The Council comprises of members from all of the major schools of Islamic legal thought (madhab) and is widely accepted as an authoritative body with regards to Islamic law. The ISC maintains a strict policy of employing staff and scholars with the highest moral integrity and values.

Our logo is a Registered Trademark ® with the Intellectual Property Office and legal action will be taken against fraudulent use. read more…

Visit from the Selangor Fatwa Committee, Malaysia

Delegation from Selangor Fatwa Committee

On the 20th October, we were delighted to welcome a delegation from the Selangor Fatwa Committee of Malaysia. Click here to read more…

Office Hours Update

The office is now open for clients and general enquiries 10am-5pm Monday-Thursday.

Phone lines are open for general enquiries 11am-1pm Monday-Thursday.

For updates about existing cases, it is quicker to email your case worker. For general enquiries, please email

Office doors and phone lines will sometimes be closed for staff training or meetings of scholars; these are generally on Wednesdays.

Our History

Representatives of ten leading Islamic centres met in 1982 in the Jami’a Mosque of Birmingham and decided to establish the first Islamic Shariah Council for the United Kingdom. This was not just the first shariah council in Britain but in the whole of Europe as well. The objective of the Council was not just to guide the Muslims in matters of their religion and to issue fatwas when needed, but also to create a bench of ulama’ who would function as Qadis in matters such as matrimonial disputes that were referred to them.

The creation of the ISC was thus a manifestation of the will of the Muslim community and a reflection of their collective desire to manage their personal affairs. The concept of the Council was the brainchild of the late Syyed Mutawalli ad Darsh (who was Imam at Regent’s Park Mosque at the time) and Dr Suhaib Hasan (who is the Secretary of the ISC at the moment). read more…

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