Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Friday 27 July 2012
Daily Prayer - Friday 27 July 2012
“We will set the rules, the rules that suit us, whether you want it or not. Any attempts to change it will end in blood. We will flood the city with blood.” With these words, spoken in a television interview broadcast on 24 April, a Muslim lawyer in Russia called for the introduction of sharia courts. Dagir Khasavov, the founder of an organisation that defends the rights of Muslims, said that the ordinary courts were “alien” to them. His statement provoked a backlash in Russia, and the head of the country’s Presidential Human Rights Council rejected Khasavov’s call outright, denying any role for sharia courts except possibly in arbitration hearings. Pray that the Russian government will stand firm in resisting attempts to Islamise the legal system.