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FATAH: Why Shariah mortgage is a deception

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Last week’s Ontario Superior Court judgment exonerating two men for a dozen criminal charges related to the marketing of Islamic mortgages based on Shariah law went unreported in all Canadian newspapers and network TV other than the online pages of CBC News.

Was the omission a recognition that the sword of Damocles is hanging over every journalist? After all, the threat of being labelled ‘Islamophobic’, racist or worse is never too far away.

I took on this particular case in my last column but now want to take the time to more fully address the broader question of what is Islamic banking and how did Shariah law make its way into our judiciary system.

Shariah banking and Islamic finance did not exist for most of Islam’s 1,400-year history. The origin of Islamic banking has its roots in the rise of Islamism or the use of Islam as a political ideology beginning in the........

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