A brief history of Sharia Law in Canada
What exactly is Sharia? It's a set of guidelines and religious rules, stemming from the Islamic Qur'an and Hadith, that guide Muslims and command an overall way of life. It's more than just a legal system; Sharia dictates both the private moral teachings of the Islamic faith as well as strict public rules that all Muslims are commanded to live by.
While there are different ways to interpret Sharia, and different Islamic countries impose the law in different ways, there are several core principles that are always evident in Sharia law.
First, women are second-class citizens according to Sharia.
Second, there is no separation of religion and politics - or mosque and state - in Sharia.
Third, our Western fundamental freedoms - freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of association and so on - are contrary to fundamental Sharia concepts.
While most Muslims in Canada reject Sharia (many fled Islamist countries because of Sharia), there have been repeated attempts by Islamist fundamentalist to impose Sharia, both directly and covertly.
Here is a short history of attempts to push Sharia law in Canada.