Muslim State Secretary backs Sharia law in Europe, saying it is ‘absolute compatible’ with German legislation.

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Muslim State Secretary for Berlin voices her backing for Sharia law in Europe, saying it is ‘absolute compatible’ with German legislation

A politician has controversially voiced her backing for Sharia Law being introduced in Europe, calling it ‘absolutely compatible’ with current legislation.

The State Secretary for the Berlin Government, Sawsan Chebli, defended Islamic law saying it can exist alongside Germany’s Basic Law because it ‘largely regulates the relationship between God and man’.

Ms Chebli, a Muslim who herself wears western dress and does not cover her head, defended the headscarf as a ‘religious duty’ and said there should be no problem with those who choose to wear one.

Last week Berlin Mayor Michael Müller announced a new government consisting of a coalition of Social-Democrats, Greens and the left-wing Die Linke party that will rule Germany’s capital city.

Mr Müller announced he planned to appoint Ms Chebli, 38, as the state secretary in charge of federal government coordination.

But her comments about Sharia law have been criticised even within her own Social Democrat (SPD) party.

Erol Ozkaraca, who is of Turkish origin, said: ‘Chebli is one of the comrades who wants to build a bridge to Islamist societies. This is absolutely wrong. It’s fatal.’

Mr Ozkaraca, who is now threatening to resign from the SPD if the Mayor goes ahead with the appointment, said: ‘If Müller takes this decision I do not have an opportunity anymore to represent my view in this party.’

Ms Chebli, who has 12 siblings, grew up in a strict Muslim household but carved out a career as a Social Democrat and equality campaigner, saying she does not see a contradiction.

Making a dig at the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, she told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper: ‘My father is a pious Muslim, hardly speaks German, can neither read nor write, but he is more integrated than many functionaries of the AfD who question our constitution.’

The AfD has seen a rise in popularity, largely off the back of its criticism of Angela Merkel’s refugee policy, ahead of next year’s general election.

Around two percent of Germany’s population – 1.5 million people – are now Muslims.

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