I have a new article published at Islamic Horizons (PDF) on Islamic Inheritance and Islamophobia from a bad result in Greece. In the article, I describe some of the pitfalls that come with the desire for making sure your values are kept intact (following the Sharia when it comes to Islamic Inheritance) in Europe as well as the United States.
When you do it wrong (or don’t do it at all), don’t blame Islamophobia. Courts in non-Muslim countries are not arbiters of the Sharia. Don’t expect them to be. Unfortunately, one myth among Muslims is that a Judge will follow your wishes. They often will not.
Both Good and Bad
The system we have in the United States is both bad and good. Good because we can follow Islamic Inheritance if we want to and we can do it right. It is bad because we might not. Islamophobia may well be a big problem, but it is mostly irrelevant when it comes to you being able to worship. Islamic Inheritance is nothing if not worship. You are putting your vanity aside to do what Allah has commanded, even if that is not the way you would have done it.
Please feel free to read and share the article. If you like the publication, you can get it in the mail with an ISNA membership.
For those of you who may have missed it, I co-authored a book on Islamic Inheritance (it is for lawyers but anyone can buy it and read it). You can get it here.