Muslim leaders await approval for pioneering school

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Granada could get first Islamic primary school in the country

GRANADA could play home to the first Islamic primary school in Spain if Muslim leaders win approval for the plan.

The idea is to provide the province’s sizeable Muslim population with the opportunity to give their children an Islamic education in Spain – where schools are secular by law, but where religious education centres almost exclusively on Catholicism.

There are an estimated 10,000 Muslims registered as living in and around Granada, and the city seems a fitting location for the project. It was the seat of a caliphate – islamic kingdom – until 1492 when Granada became the last city in Iberia to fall to the Catholic majesties, Fernando and Isabel.

“We are not trying to oppose the current system. We want to provide an alternative that defends fundamental values that are being lost in modern society,” said Malik Ruiz, the leader of the Islamic Community of Spain – the group behind the proposals. “We are not trying to force segregation,” he added.

If it receives the go ahead from both Granada councillors and officials from the Junta de Andalucía regional government, the school will be both privately and publicly funded. It will admit non-Muslim children, while its curriculum will follow that of other public schools across Spain.

“We hope to buy land on which to build the school later this year, with the aim to start classes in October 2010,” explained Ruiz.

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  1. Peter, with regard to what you wrote, there is no evidence that Muslim schools foster and indoctrinate children with values that endanger shared society. By building one muslim school, why should the society feel threatened? its ludicrous…

    There are atleast 10 muslim schools in the Uk…do you see the city being lost to Muslims?

    I think its a fantastic idea!

  2. 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 office 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 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
    London School of Islamics Trust
    63 Margery Park Road London E7 9LD

  3. Muslims are just people. Religions are not evil, people are. Evil people can be found the world over – we need to dispel this ludicrous ‘Muslims are Evil’ doctrine that has infested the brains of the weak, like Peter the Tit. Mizuki is quite correct.

  4. You are right there Fred, Muslims are just people with good and bad to be found within their society just like ours.

    Muslims, too, have their fair share of racists and nutters, just look at the post by Mr Ahmad – ‘every native child is born with a gene or virus of racism’ yeah right!!! Is this man in charge of educating children? ‘There is no place for a non-Muslim child or teacher in a Muslim School’!! You mean someone who might question you or your ideas Mr Ahmed?

    Mr Ahmad, you are a racist and it’s people like you who foster division and mistrust between our communities.

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