Over the past few days, some media speculation has led members of the local community to wonder if the Islamic Center of Irving is facilitating “Shariah Courts” at the Mosque. The management of the Islamic Center of Irving categorically declares that no such court operates on the center’s premises. No other mosque in the area operates such courts. However, the Islamic Tribunal that operates in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, independent of the mosques, to address a genuine need within our faith community for intra-community arbitration.
Similar religious tribunals have existed for decades in the American Jewish and American Christian faith communities to resolve disputes, most especially within families. These religious tribunals are optional arbitration vehicles that only conduct their work when requested to do so by both parties involved in a dispute, do not attempt to impose any belief system upon any individual and work in compliance with State of Texas and US law under the United States Constitution.
Muslims, like anyone else, are plagued with many issues and conflicts that are in desperate need of resolution. In order for there to be a healthy and viable community these issues must be addressed in an amicable, just and proper way to the full satisfaction of the community. To allow conflicts to be unresolved is tantamount to leaving an open wound and if unchecked will wreck the peace and tranquility of the community as a whole.
Areas of Practice
Meet the Imams
Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci was born in 1938 in Hendek, Sakarya, Turkey. His rise to scholarship began early; by the age of 10, he memorized the entire Quran and became a certified Qari, or reciter. Dr. Ka
Imam Moujahed Bakhach is an accredited family mediator and qualified arbitrator and received his certifications from the University of North Texas. He spent time as an Imam for the Islamic Association
“After working as an imam in the USA since 1995, and seeing the various cases that cross my desk, I see the urgent need for an Islamic Tribunal system that also complies with the American legal
Ph.D. in Islamic Studies –SHARIAA- from Graduate Theological Foundation -GTF- Mishawaka, IN. U.S.A. May, 2011 Master of International law (L.L.M.) from Southern Methodist University –SMU- Dallas,