Friday, 4 April 2014

Oppose Sharia Student Loans

Only a couple of weeks ago the Law Society introduced measures which would allow for the implementation of Sharia (or Islamic) "Law" into the drafting of wills (see here). If that wasn't disturbing enough we now are told that there will "Sharia compliant" Student Loans. The Telegraph  reports:

A new system of “Sharia-compliant” student loans is to be launched to allow more Muslim students to go to university, it has been announced.

David Willetts, the Universities Minister, said an alternative financial model was being created to satisfy Islamic law that forbids Muslims taking out loans that make interest.

Under the system, students would apply for taxpayer-backed loans but repay them into a mutual-style fund that would be ring-fenced to provide future finance to other students with the same religious beliefs

The move will raise concerns over a two-tier system in which Muslim students pay less than other undergraduates. (my emphasis)

Of greater concern is the fact it allows a religious community in our society yet more privileges by undermining the basic principle of equality. 

This also comes at a time when our Universities and colleges are being allowed to undermine women's rights through the cowardice of the so-called liberal establishment, by Islamic Societies holding gender-segregated meetings in our public buildings. The Telegraph continues:

Omar Ali, president of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies, told the Telegraph: “We know of many students who finished college but decided not to go to university because of the way the new system was set up. We welcome this proposal.”

This is yet another dangerous move towards a two tier society. The same rules, the same laws must apply equally to all.

No Religion, Islam or otherwise should be afforded separate privileges in a modern society.

Separate Religion and State! One Law for All!


  1. If non-Muslims were allowed to make use of this facility would that solve the problem?

    1. Not really, it would still be Sharia. The re-introduction of the Grants system would be best! It was good enough for us....