A lawyer and head of the Al-Fatkh Muslim organization in St. Petersburg, Dzhamaliddin Makhmutov, has sent a letter to Russia's Constitutional Court asking if the introduction of advisory Sharia courts is lawful.
"Makhmutov is asking the plenum of the Constitutional Court to convene and explain if the ban on the creation of the institute of Islamic justice in Russia is legal," Trud daily said. In his letter, he stated that the current legislation "does not contain a direct ban on the existence of an advisory Sharia court that could look into and mediate on domestic and family arguments between Muslims," the paper said.
"I am putting forward the civil initiative of creating a Sharia court, which may reduce tension and [encourage] the growth of tolerance in society," the daily quoted him as saying. "Together with labor migrants, Islam has entered the streets of our cities and not to notice this means to avoid solving the problem," he noted.