Sharia doesn't allow interest on loans. In the name of "tolerance," UK lenders are being told that they must respect Islamic law, and give Muslim students interest-free loans. But this simply means that Muslim students, unlike all other students from all other religions, will get a better deal on their loans. So for the sake of equality, lenders must treat students unequally.
And yet, when American legislators attempt to pass laws guarding the U.S. against Sharia, the world assures us that Sharia is simply a set of guidelines for Muslim living that couldn't possibly have an impact on non-Muslims.
Welcome to the real world.
Daily Mail--Muslim groups are calling for a separate student loan system because the interest due to be charged will conflict with rules of Sharia law.
The changes to tuition fees, which come into force next year, will see students charged higher rates of interest on the loans they take out to pay for university.
Until now they have paid the market rate of inflation but the reforms mean students who go on to earn more than £21,000 will have to pay interest of up to 3 per cent.
But in some interpretations of Sharia law, which is Islam's legal system and governs every aspect of Muslim life, loans are forbidden.
The National Union of Students has said it could be two years before an alternative system is worked out, leaving some Muslims fearing they cannot go on to further education.
The Federation of Student Islamic Societies told The Independent that the rate increase was a 'pressing issue'.
A spokesman said: 'Because the rate of interest is above the rate of inflation, it is quite blatant usury.'
Usury means the practice of lending money and charging the borrower interest, possibly at a very high rate.
Mohammed Ahmed-Sheikh, 17, says the changes will discourage him from applying to university next year.
'The fees are the reason I'm having doubts. I'm Muslim and loans are against my religion,' he told The Independent.
Ahmad Mitoubsi, 21, who graduated this year, added: 'We've just had to adapt to the British system or else I couldn't have gone to uni.' (Read more.)
Imagine that. Poor fella has to adapt to the system of the country he's living in! Will the Islamophobia never stop?