Rise of the basement sharia council: MPs told unregulated authorities that perform unofficial marriages and hand out divorces are ‘popping up everywhere’

Unregulated Sharia law authorities are operating across Britain, performing unofficial marriages and handing out divorces, MPs were told.

The backstreet operations are popping up ‘everywhere in the country’, experts said.

Dr Ahmad Al-Dubayan, chairman of the UK Board of Sharia Councils, told MPs it was impossible to know how many of the self-appointed bodies existed in Britain.

Shariah councils have no legal force or jurisdiction in the UK, but are regularly used to administer religious decisions on family matters to Muslims.