Comments on: Headscarves new target for Austrian far right Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Iftikhar Ahmad Wed, 10 Dec 2008 17:14:55 +0000 A multi-million pound scheme to tackle the persistent underachievement of ethnic minority pupils is to be launched by the government with extra funding and measures to improve performance in primary and secondary schools. One in four children leave schools functionally illiterate and innumerate. Muslim children suffer more than others. In the name of integration they have been mis-educated and de-educated for the last 50 years. There is a plenty of evidence to support that present system of schooling only breeds intolerance and isolation. There are over 100 Muslim schools and only four of them are state funded. This means only well off Muslim parents can send their children, unfair for low paid and unemployed.

A Scottish council is willing to consider providing a state funded Muslim school if the community asks for it. The demand from Muslim parents has led East Renfrewshire council to consider the possibility of setting up a state funded Muslim school. The council is already funding a primary Jewish school. All LEAs with Muslim majority should consider for setting up of state funded Muslim schools for the balanced education of Muslim children, otherwise, they will keep on suffering educationally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. State funded Muslim schools are an investment for the future of British society. The only reason for the setting up of Muslim school is simply because more and more people in the community are coming round to the view that an Islamic school is the best choice for our children. The view is based on the belief that an Islamic school not only strengthens and maintains our children’s faith and practice of Islam, but also offers the best chance of academic success, as GCSE results continue to confirm. Today we are faced with the situation where the morality and education is declining in schools. Our children are being exposed and being entrapped into a way of life which is un-Islamic.

Parents should be given the right to set up schools or take over existing ones under private charitable or community management. They should also be given a voucher for £3500 to be used to pay for a school set up by any charity, community or church group. Vouchers would give parents a wider choice. It will put power in the hands of parents by forcing schools to compete for their business. Privatization of LEAs has not been able to raise the standard of education of Bradford, Hackney and Southwark. The only alternative left is state funded Muslim schools for economic, social, emotional and personal well being of the Muslim children. It will be money well spent.
Iftikhar Ahmad

By: Dan Wed, 05 Nov 2008 03:07:44 +0000 In this day, where we are supposedly free in the Western world, where by fighting “female oppression” and seeking religious equality by banning of religious symbols, we have, in fact, restricted the freedom to live within the laws of one’s own religion. Enforcement of separation between religion and state is important, until it infringes on the public’s ability to worship how they choose. A wiser and more appropriate government stance on religious symbols would be indifference.

-Dan (33/M/USA)