Comments on: Belgian court to rule on headscarf ban in Flemish schools http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/09/11/belgian-court-to-rule-on-headscarf-ban-in-flemish-schools/ Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Iftikhar http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/09/11/belgian-court-to-rule-on-headscarf-ban-in-flemish-schools/comment-page-1/#comment-16086 Sat, 12 Sep 2009 14:53:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=8097#comment-16086 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 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 officer cadet who was called a “***” 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 portrait 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
London School of Islamics Trust
www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

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By: Iftikhar http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/09/11/belgian-court-to-rule-on-headscarf-ban-in-flemish-schools/comment-page-1/#comment-16085 Sat, 12 Sep 2009 14:50:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=8097#comment-16085 Islam teaches us Peace and harmony not only among the Muslims but with all other religions. Islam teaches us Universalism, respect, tolerance and respect for the laws of the land as patriotic citizens. And Western Muslims deserves to be identified as Patriotic Western Citizens and not as extremists, fanatics or even terrorists. We all have to join hands for the stability of our country and peace, love and mutual respect among every single individual living in this heavenly planet.

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