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.

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Office Hours Update

The office is now open for clients and general enquiries between 12-5pm Monday-Thursday.

Phone lines are open for general enquiries 12-2pm Monday-Thursday.

For updates about existing cases, it is quicker to email your case worker. For general enquiries, please email info@islamic-sharia.org.

Office doors and phone lines will be closed for staff training or meetings of scholars; these are generally on one Wednesday every month.

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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