Sat 9 February 2008, The Guardian
Forget the beheadings, and think of settling marital disputes
By Riazat Butt
Muslims refer to it in matters of divorce, inheritance, commerce and marriage. It also influences financial decisions - whether to take a conventional mortgage or one that avoids interest, which is forbidden in Islam. One sharia council, in east London, claims that marital disputes have formed 95% of its caseload since opening in 1982.