|Message ||Jihad means struggle. I have been engaged in Jihad in the field of education for the last 45 years. I would like to see each and every Muslim child in a state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental period. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.
Islam does not encourage terrorism. In fact, we are not allowed to harm anyone other than the one who is attempting to harm us, and we are more so encouraged to give mercy and practice forgiveness, unless we are under threat. Furthermore, we cannot harm anyone who is not participating in that threat, nor can we harm women, elderly or children. If you look back to the my prophet's era you will notice that the spread of Islam was largely by people accepting it, and the wars we had were wars that were forced (e.g. Wars in Mecca happened because Muslims were being attacked, stoned and killed).
Furthermore, many people state that we believe that Islam needs to spread around the world and anyone who defies it must be killed (leading to terrorism). This is a very very false statement. We do believe that Islam is the right religion, as does every other religion. However, we do not believe we need to force people to Islam. Our Quran verily states that to you is your religion, and to us is ours. As in, you practice yours and we practice ours, just leave us in peace and stop hating on us and wishing/acting for our deaths.
Lastly, the biggest misconception against Islam is the concept of Jihad. Even many Muslims sadly don't even understand it. Jihad is a struggle for our God, for our faith. A holy war is a part of that struggle (although it is a small one). I am doing Jihad by struggling to convince the world that we Muslims and Islam are not evil. Our extremists who are brainwashed, who misread the Quran, who spit in the face of our religion with their actions, who all Muslims should condemn, are evil.
I could go on and on about misconceptions and what we preach and love. but for the most part. I believe these extremists are out on a mission to help the world hate Muslims. Let us not forget that if it were not for these extremists, our nations would not be destroyed by warfare and occupied by soldiers from western countries who claim to be there to keep the peace. True Muslims would go out of their way to make people love us, not despise us and our beliefs. The moment you hear the word "terrorist" you think "Muslim", which is really racist.
Every nation has their flaws, the issue here is that the media has the power (we all learned about propaganda in school) and their power allows them to control the emotions of people. Muslims are hated yet people that know good Muslims love us, how does that work? ignorance....
Muslim children not only need halal meat or Eid Holidays but they need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their development period also. There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This means the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islamic teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. Legally, the state has an obligation to respect the rights of parents to ensure that 'education and teaching(of their children) is in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.' The schools must satisfy the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural needs of Muslim pupils. State schools with non-Muslim monolingual teachers are not in a position to satisfy their needs. 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.
London School of Islamics Trust