Sulaiman v Juffali: FD 9 Nov 2001

A talaq pronounced in England as between parties who were Saudi nationals was not to be recognised in English law as a valid extra judicial overseas divorce, even though it otherwise complied with Sharia law. Section 44(1)(a) provides that no divorce obtained in any part of the British Islands is effective in any part of the United Kingdom unless granted by a court of civil jurisdiction. ‘Although historically this country is part of the Christian west, and although it has an established church which is Christian, I sit as a secular judge serving a multi-cultural community of many faiths in which all of us can now take pride, sworn to do justice ‘to all manner of people’. Religion – whatever the particular believer’s faith – is no doubt something to be encouraged but it is not the business of government or of the secular courts. So the starting point of the law is an essentially agnostic view of religious beliefs and a tolerant indulgence to religious and cultural diversity. A secular judge must be wary of straying across the well-recognised divide between church and state. It is not for a judge to weigh one religion against another. All are entitled to equal respect, whether in times of peace or, as at present, amidst the clash of arms.’
Justice Munby
Times 28-Nov-2001, [2002] 1 FLR 479, [2002] Fam Law 97, [2001] EWHC 556 (Fam), [2002] 2 FCR 427
Family Law Act 1986 Part II 44(1)(a) 45(1)
England and Wales
CitedEl Fadl v El Fadl FD 2000
The court was asked as to the recognition of a Sharia compliant divorce between Lebanese Muslims. Under the relevant Lebanese 1962 legislation a Talaq was to be pronounced before 2 witnesses, a requirement of most systems of traditional Islamic . .

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CitedH v S FD 18-Nov-2011
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Updated: 02 May 2021; Ref: scu.166877