|Message ||Muslim community not only needs a Mosque but also state funded Muslim schools for their bilingual children. They need to learn and be well versed in standard English to follow the national Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. They also need to learn and be well versed in Arabic, Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their cultural heritage and enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry. A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit.
A good school is not just a knowledge factory or a conveyor belt for churning out exam passes - it is a community, a family. A community is held together by common values and principles.
It is a common saying that British schooling is upholding British values of integration, respect, tolerance and equality. But all minority groups find British schooling is the home of institutional racism and British teachers are chicken racist. This is one of the manny reason why they would like to see their children attending their own schools with their own teachers. Muslim community started setting up school in the 80s and I set up the first Muslim school in 1981 and now there are 166 Muslim schools and only 11 are state funded. Sikh and Hindu communities have set up their own schools. Now Black community is thinking of setting up schools with their own teachers.
Muslim families are as entitled as any other religious group to schools that nurture their children's faith. Muslim pupils should be educated in Muslim schools because the current system is marginalising them. Teaching Muslim children in a Muslim school would remove the "problem of them being exposed" to values that conflict with Islamic faith. Muslim pupils are disadvantaged and marginalised in the city's state schools because the cultural heritage of the curriculum is "European and Christian".
Muslim schools provide an education in accordance with the Muslim beliefs and values, such as providing single-sex schooling after puberty. They are thus a response to the danger of absorption into the dominant culture.
There is already a divided education system in all inner cities because of the demographics of the population. This has been the situation for 15 to 20 years. If this was so important why has nothing been done before?
A growing number of British-born Muslims and especially Pakistanis are suffering from psychological problems and apathy and are either turning to crime or radical Islam. Majority of British Muslims are from Pakistan.
A growing number of young Pakistanis feel they are ‘second class citizens and will remain so.They are addressed as outsiders – as ‘immigrant, Paki or Muslim’ and increasingly shut out or discriminated against.The hardening of attitudes towards Muslims in British society is also having an effect.
I have been campaigning for state funded Muslim schols for the last 35 years
because British schooling is the home of
institutional racism and British teachers are chicken racists. British
teachers are not role models for Muslim children during their developmental
I set up the first Muslim school in London in 1981 and now there are about
166 Muslim schools and only 11 are state funded. I would like to see each
and every Muslim child in a state funded Muslim school with bilingual Muslim
teachers as role model. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a
teacher in a Muslim school.
Western media and politicians have been trying their best to propogate
against Muslim schools. Muslim schools are even called Osma bin Laden Academies by a Teaching Union. Only less than 5% of Muslim children attend Muslim
schools while more than 95% are in state schools to be mis-educated and
de-educated by non-Muslim monolingual teachers.
The demand for state funded Muslim schools is in accordance with the law of
the land. Muslim community is not asking for any favour. Muslim community
pays all sorts of taxes and is less burden on social services.
Church leaders say it is no longer "appropriate" for them to run Sacred
Heart RC Primary School which has just six Christian pupils. The school in
Blackburn, Lancs, could be handed to the nearby Masjid-e-Tauheedul mosque.
Harry Devonport of Blackburn with Darwen Council Children's Services, said
the decision to abandon the school was made by the Diocese of Salford.
Diocese education director Geraldine Bradbury said: "We have never
experienced a change to this extent before. We would not be serving the
local community by insisting that we run the school. It brings things like
having a Catholic headteacher and devoting 10% of the timetable to RE.
"It would be wrong of us to insist on putting a school community through
There are hundreds of state and church schools where Muslim children are in
majority. In my opinion, all such schools may be opted out as Muslim
Academies. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role
models during their developmental periods. There is no place for a
non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.
A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to
become notoriously monolingual Brit.
Bilingual Muslim children must learn and be well versed in standard English
to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and reearch to
serve humanity. At the same time they must learn and be well versed in
Arabic, Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their