Comments on: Austria debates democratic credentials of its Islam teachers Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Academy Sat, 25 Apr 2009 05:32:00 +0000 If your question is whether there is democracy in *any* Islamic country, the answer is yes: Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim-majority population in the world (!!!) has been a stable democracy for a decade

By: Iftikhar Ahmad Sat, 07 Feb 2009 19:42:14 +0000 The demand for Muslim schools comes from parents who want their children a safe environment with an Islamic ethos.Parents see Muslim schools where children can develop their Islamic Identity where they won’t feel stigmatised for being Muslims and they can feel confident about their faith.
Muslim schools are working to try to create a bridge between communities. There is a belief among ethnic minority parens that the British schooling does not adequatly address their cultural needs. Failing to meet this need could result in feeling resentment among a group who already feel excluded. Setting up Muslim school is a defensive response.

State schools with monolingual teachers are not capable to teach English to bilingual Muslim children. Bilingual teachers are needed to teach English to such children along with their mother tongue. According to a number of of studies, a child will not learn a second language if his first language is ignored.

Bilingual Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. Muslims have the right to educate their children in an environment that suits their culture. This notion of “integration”, actually means “assimilation”, by which people generally really mean “be more like me”. That is not multiculturalism. In Sydney, Muslims were refused to build a Muslim school, because of a protest by the residents. Yet a year later, permission was given for the building of a Catholic school and no protests from the residents. This clrearly shows the blatant hypocrisy, double standards and racism. Christians oppose Muslim schools in western countries yet build their own religious schools.

British schooling and the British society is the home of institutional racism. The result is that Muslim children are unable to develop
self-confidence and self-esteem, therefore, majority of them leave schools with low grades. Racism is deeply rooted in British society. Every native child is born with a gene or virus of racism, therefore, no law could change the attitudes of racism towards those who are different. It is not only the common man, even member of the royal family is involved in racism. The father of a Pakistani office cadet who was called a “Paki” by Prince Harry
has profoundly condemned his actions. He had felt proud when he met the Queen and the Prince of Wales at his son’s passing out parade at Sandhurst in 2006 but now felt upset after learning about the Prince’s comments. Queen Victoria invited an Imam from India to teach her Urdu language. He was highly respected by the Queen but other members of the royal family had no respect for him. He was forced to go back to India. His protrait is still in one of the royal places.

There are hundreds of state schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be designated as Muslim community schools with bilingual Muslim teachers. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.
Iftikhar Ahmad

By: Robert Fri, 06 Feb 2009 22:15:25 +0000 Sorry, “Ahmed”, but I’m not sure what you are asking.

If your question is whether there is democracy in “every” Islamic country, the answer is no.
But then again, in the most Christian state on earth (the Vatican), there is no democracy either.

If your question is whether there is democracy in *any* Islamic country, the answer is yes: Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim-majority population in the world (!!!) has been a stable democracy for a decade.

Maybe you should get some of the education you so kindly encouraged the first commenter to obtain.

By: Ahmed Fri, 06 Feb 2009 13:17:54 +0000 Are you kidding me???? Are you blind???
Islam will never be compatible with democracy. Do you see any democracy in every islamic country? Can you tell me there’s is democracy in Saudia Arabis,or Iran, etc. Look at Pakistanis, they’re trying to adopt democracy, but failed.
If you study in depth about islam, you will find that Islam is not compatible with democracy. So, when are going to wake up from your ignorance and learn??? Do you want to wait till Islam dominate the wolrd and persecute you??? Islamophobia is a myth but islamic threat is real.
ALI SINA (of Faith Freedom International)should educate you more about the nature about Islam.

By: Daniel Rosaupan Fri, 06 Feb 2009 05:09:51 +0000 I agree that Islam is compatible with democracy for even here in the Philippine, The Moro Islamic Liberation Front wants to establish a Bangsamoro State. Christians in Mindanao are hated by them and the group Abu Sayyaf had beheaded or murdered several Catholic Missionaries already.

But of course there is an exception to this. Some Professional Muslims can live very well in a democratic society devoid of any desire to Islamize the country. But that is only an exception