Canada prepares to enforce Islamic law.

By December 3, 2003

Canada (MNN)–Canada is preparing for its 1 million-strong Muslim minority to be under the authority of a Sharia system enforced by the Canadian court system.

A 30-member council was established less than two months ago to decide disputes, but the move could pave the way to criminal punishments.

Voice of the Martyrs is watching events, bearing in mind a similar situation in Nigeria. More than 5,000 people have been killed in religious violence in northern Nigeria in the past four years since the introduction of Islamic sharia law in 12 states.

As to whether or not the situation could repeat itself in Canada, VOM’s Todd Nettleton says it’s not likely. However, “In a country like Canada, where you’ve always had the rule of law, and the courts make a final decision, now, you’re bringing in a new court and is their decision final or not final? It really undermines the judicial system and the court system that has been established.”

Nettleton says it’s still too early to predict the effect on evangelistic outreach. Their concern, though, is more for the church body who may be affected by the change. “We need to pray for our brothers and sisters who are there, regardless of what happens with the legal system. There is a need for witnesses for Christ and we can pray that Canadians will stand up and be counted for Him.”

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