IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) -The Mayor of Irving says the city has not endorsed or condoned any plan for an Islamic Tribunal to handle civil or personal matters.
In Irving and neighboring cities Muslim communities, an Islamic Tribunal is a group of men that oversee conflicts and disputes.
Islamic Tribunal uses the guide of Sharia, the Islamic moral code, to settle disputes.
Friday Mayor Beth Van Duyne posted on her Facebook page about the tribunal plan.
“I’m working to understand how this ‘court’ will function and whom will be subject to its decisions.”
Leaders of the cities Muslim communities rebuttal is that they don’t need her permission.
Van Duyne said she would fight against the action, if a violation of basic rights occurred.
Those who follow the Islamic faith said the Mayor and others should relax.
“The term sharia is very broad. Recently, it’s casts as something that’s creeping and going to choke down people’s fundamental freedoms we value in America, and that’s not accurate at all,” explains Muslim Latasha Washington.
This mosque has an open house Saturday and Mayor Van Duyne is invited.
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