American Muslims have hailed a decision by Missouri governor Jay Nixon to veto a bill that bans the use of Islamic Shari ` ah in state courts, a legislation that would have make their life harder. " We applaud Governor Nixon for taking this courageous and principled stance in defense of Missouri families and of the Constitution, " Faizan Syed, director of St. Louis chapter of the Council on American - Islamic Relations(CAIR - St. Louis), said. " The Missouri Muslim community and its interfaith and civil rights partners also deserve thanks for helping demonstrate the power of positive civic engagement on this issue. " Commonly referred to as the anti - Shari ` ah bill, the bill SB 267 was approved by the state senate on May 11. The bill was meant to prohibit the use of foreign laws, including Islamic Shari ` ah, in Missouri courts. But the draft has invited strong opposition for making life harder for Muslims in Missiouri. Sensing the opposition, Missouri governor Nixon vetoed the bill. “This legislation seeks to solve a problem that does not exist, while creating the very real problem of jeopardizing Missouri ' s families ' ability to adopt children from foreign countries, ” he said in the statement. “Here in Missouri, we believe in strengthening families and encouraging adoption. “By placing additional barriers between couples who want to adopt and children who need loving homes, Senate Bill 267 is quite simply out of step with these basic values. " The governor warned that the bill, if approved, would create problems related to wills, marriage, divorce and trust decrees for different faiths in the US, which would be inconsistent with the American law. “Missourians deserve a judicial system that is both fair and predictable, ” the governor said. “Senate substitute for Senate Bill No. 267 fails to meet the very basic standard and does not receive my approval. ”ThanksHappy with the veto, American Muslims were urged to send thank - you notes to the Missouri governor. “Contact Gov. Nixon to thank him for vetoing SB 267, ” Syed said. “This alert will only work for Missouri residents - - non - Missouri residents, please email your thanks tomedia @ mo. govand ccinfo @ cair. com,” the statement added. Shari`ah has come under scrutiny recently in the US, with right-wing campaigners and politicians questioning its role and operating system. Lawmakers in at least 30 states have introduced proposals forbidding local judges from considering Shari`ah when rendering verdicts on issues of divorces and marital disputes. In 2011, the American Bar Association (ABA) passed a resolution opposing legislation like SB 267, noting that it is "duplicative of safeguards that are already enshrined in federal and state law.” "Initiatives that target an entire religion or stigmatize an entire religious community, such as those explicitly aimed at 'Shari`ah law,' are inconsistent with some of the core principles and ideals of American jurisprudence," the ABA resolution said. In 2012, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld a lower court's decision to block implementation of an Oklahoma state constitutional amendment that would have prohibited courts from applying -- or even considering -- Shari`ah law and "international law." The lower court blocked implementation of the "Save Our State Amendment" based on arguments that it would unconstitutionally disfavor an entire faith and deny Oklahoma's Muslims access to the judicial system on the same terms as every other citizen. Last year, CAIR released a community toolkit designed to assist those seeking to preserve America's ideal of religious pluralism in the face of the unconstitutional anti-Islam campaign. In Islam, Shari`ah governs all issues in Muslims’ lives from daily prayers to fasting and from, marriage and inheritance to financial disputes. The Islamic rulings, however, do not apply on non-Muslims, even if in a dispute with non-Muslims. In US courts, judges can refer to Shari`ah law in Muslim litigation involving cases about divorce and custody proceedings or in commercial litigation.