A Pakistani immigrant’s son recently became the UK’s Culture Minister. Pakistanis were jubilant that a man of Pakistani origin and a Muslim has risen to this position.
The reality is that Minister Sajid Javid has no religion. In our earlier story, we quoted Javid:
“I do not practise any religion. My wife is a practising Christian and the only religion practised in my house is Christianity. I think we should recognise that Christianity is the religion of our country.”
And now his first major interview. He hits out at everything Pakistani or Muslim: No place for Sharia law. Excessive immigration. Learn English. No Islamic schools.
I wonder if any Minister would have been able to insist on such things in Canada or the USA. I also wonder if such things could have been said by a Christian Minister or even Prime Minister David Cameron in the UK.
Only two months ago on 23 March, the UK’s Law Society had provided guidance to High Street solicitors to compose Islamic wills.
Nicholas Fluck, president of The Law Society then told The Independent newspaper that the document, which would be recognised by Britain’s courts, would promote “good practice” in applying Islamic principles in the British legal system.
Excerpts from BBC’s Javid story:
Migrants to the UK must learn English and “respect our way of life”, Sajid Javid – the UK’s first Asian secretary of state – has said in an interview.
The Culture Secretary told the Sunday Telegraph that voters had legitimate fears over “excessive” immigration.
Mr Javid, elected Conservative MP for Bromsgrove in 2010, criticised migrants who had lived in Britain for many years but still could not speak the language.
He also said there was no place for Sharia law in the English legal system.
‘Laws and culture’
Mr Javid, the son of Pakistani immigrants, said: “People want Britain to have more control over its borders, and I think they are right.
“People also say, when immigrants do come to Britain, that they should come to work, and make a contribution and that they should also respect our way of life, and I agree with all of that. It means things like trying to learn English.”
He added: “I know people myself, I have met people who have been in Britain for over 50 years and they still can’t speak English.
“I think it’s perfectly reasonable for British people to say ‘look, if you’re going to settle in Britain and make it your home you should learn the language of the country and you should respect its laws and its culture’.”
Mr Javid spoke amid reports that Sharia courts have been established in cities such as London, Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester.
He said: “Where people want to have their own private arrangements between them, that is a matter for them. But there is no place for Sharia law in British law.”
Mr Javid also expressed concern about allegations of a plot by Muslim radicals to “Islamise” state schools in Birmingham.
He went on to say that the “vast majority” of immigrants wanted to integrate with the rest of society in the UK.
Mr Javid is the first Asian male in the cabinet, after Baroness Warsi became the first Muslim female in her role as co-chairman of the Conservative Party.
Guest post by Barrister Ameer Abbas Ali Khan: UK minister’s Sharia law gaffe a calculated step by Conservative Party
Our earlier story on Javid: http://walizahid.com/2014/04/uk-conservative-mp-sajid-javid-becomes-culture-secretary/
Law Society’s Sharia succession rules: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/advice/practice-notes/sharia-succession-rules/
UK’s Islamic Sharia Council: http://www.islamic-sharia.org/