A Muslim Woman Fights Sharia Law

Where Sharia Law Reigns In Europe, And The Muslim Woman Fighting It

In the privacy of a cosy flat in this city in northeastern Greece, Shatitzeh Molla Sali speaks to us softly, so softly that she is sometimes barely audible. Hers is the voice of a weary 65-year-old who says she always “lowered her head and accepted everything.”

But her gaze now shows the steely resolve of a changed woman. Molla Sali has just become the first member of Greece’s Muslim minority to lodge an appeal at the European Court of Human Rights against a court ruling based on Islamic Sharia law, in her case on charges that she was deprived part of her inheritance.

When her husband died in March 2008, Molla Sali inherited everything through his will, a Greek document registered at a notary’s office. But her in-laws immediately challenged the bequest with the local mufti — a Muslim jurist and theologian — in the name of Sharia law, which forbids Muslims to write wills.




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  1. There is a major flaw in this scenario. Muslims are allowed to make a will about their inheritance. Sharia law operates to divide the inheritance after the Will has been fulfilled.


    ….. after the payment of any bequests which may have been bequeathed or of debt, without prejudice to the debt. This is an injunction from Allah (Al- Qur’an 4:13)

    “It is the duty of a Muslim who has anything to bequeath not to let two nights pass without writing a will.” (Sahih AlBukhari)