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“. The silent majority of Muslim parents would like to send their children to state funded Muslim schools. They are not extremists who want to change of ethos of those schools where Muslim children are in majority. It is the democratic right of every Muslim parent to see that their children receive balanced education, so that when their children grow up, they do not find themselves cut off from their cultural roots and linguistic skills. It is a question of common sense, humanity and reason that bilingual Muslim children must be educated in state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. The whole world believes that people who speak more than one language is a vital economic asset. Pupils who speak more than one language do not cause difficulties. It is the politicians and monolingual teachers who are the problems for bilingual pupils. Muslim school will help to cultivate the child into a healthy, fully flourishing individual with a passion for learning. 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.

Muslim schools are not only faith schools; they are more or less bilingual schools. Bilingual Muslim children 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. State schools with monolingual teachers do not teach Standard English to Migrant children. Bilingual Muslim children learn English in the playgrounds and in the streets. They speak street language with its own grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. The teachers let them speak the same accent in the classroom. They have no courage to stop them or correct them. This is one of the main reasons why one third of children have difficulties with reading when they leave primary schools. Majority of such children are Muslims.
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By iftikhara Posted: January 23, 2013

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  • QuedgeleyGuy  |  January 24 2013, 9:28AM

    Here you go,Shifti! http://tinyurl.com/96jbpf4

  • iftikhara  |  January 24 2013, 12:25PM

    Britain is a home of institutional racism. Brits hate each other and hate all foreigners. What do you expect from them? Muslims have been victim of ****-bashing for the last 50 years and now they are victim of terrorism. Thousands of Muslim youths are being searched in the streets without any excuse. They also suffer discrimination in work place. British schooling is the home of institutional racism. Muslim children are victim of racism in schools. British teachers are chicken racists. They are not role models for Muslim children during their developmental periods. Speaking English does not promote integration into British, American and Australian societies, and broaden opportunities. English speaking Muslim youths are angry, frustrated and extremist, thanks to state schools with monolingual non-Muslim teachers and English language. English language is not only a lingua franca but also lingua frankensteinia. Human right are also covers linguistic right. Cultural and linguistic genocide are very common. British schooling is murdering community languages like Arabic, Urdu and others. English is today the world killer language. Linguistic genocide is a crime against humanity and British schooling is guilty of committing this crime. Language is not just a language. It defines one's culture, identity and consciousness. It defines how we think, communicate and express ourselves. The fact is the most South Asian Muslims have come to know Islam by way of Urdu, the children's alienation from the language that connects them the heritage of their parents and grand parents is disturbing. As a matter of fact, one has to get to know his mother tongue well if one is to master any other language. Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with 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. 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. IA IA http://tinyurl.com/yczmxmq

  • FreeRadical1  |  January 24 2013, 4:45PM

    Oh, so Shifti's back with his ludicrous racist rants. "Not extremists...balanced education...English is today the world killer language...there is no place for a non-Muslim child or teacher in a Muslim school". You've rather shot yourself in the foot, there, Shifti.

  • QuedgeleyGuy  |  January 24 2013, 4:47PM

    Careful now,Shifti. Saying " There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. 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." could get you arrested for racism / religious discrimination. I'm not kidding you on this! Truly!

  • iftikhara  |  January 24 2013, 10:23PM

    A civilisation is measured not by the rights it grants its majority but the privileges it allows its minorities. Muslim community not only needs Mosques 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. Muslim migrants are living in a society which is institutionally racist. Brits must learn to respect and tolerate those who are different.Children should be taught about living religions so that they could learn to respect and tolerate those who are in their schools or who live near their own homes. Multiculturalism is not about integration but about cultural plurality. It is not about separation but about respect and the deepening awareness of Unity in Diversity. Each culture will maintain its own intrinsic value and at the same time would be expected to contribute to the benefit of the whole society. Multiculturalism can accommodate diversity of all kinds – cultural, philosophical and religious – so that we can create a world without conflict and strife. Britain can assume the role of accommodation and concern for all peoples, for our planet and indeed for our survival. Multi-culturalism is even more important and crucial after 9/11 and 7/7. Muslim youths are also likely to feel alienated by a focus on shared Brutishness, rather than multicultural diversity. Rather than promoting a single British "us" teaching should acknowledge that "us" can be diverse and plural. Children should be encouraged to explore differences in appearance, history and religion to reduce social and educational fears. A report by the Institute for Community Cohesion found that native parents were deserting some schools after finding their children outnumbered by pupils from ethnic minorities. Schools in parts of England are becoming increasingly segregated. The study focused on 13 local authorities. Many of the schools and colleges are segregated and this was generally worsening over recent years. This is RACISM because British society is the home of institutional racism. My statement regarding Muslim schools where there is no place for non-Muslim child or a teacher is based on educational process and not on racism. Muslim children need Muslim teachers during their developmental periods. For higher studies and research, Muslim teacher is not a priority. 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 head teacher and devoting 10% of the timetable to RE. "It would be wrong of us to insist on putting a school community through that." IA http://tinyurl.com/yczmxmq

  • QuedgeleyGuy  |  January 25 2013, 11:27AM

    A civilisation is measured not by the rights it grants its majority but the privileges it allows its minorities. WHAT! Like Pakistan? Or Saudi. Two Armpits of the civilised world. And that's the polite version!

  • FreeRadical1  |  January 25 2013, 4:57PM

    QuedgeleyGuy, you got there before me! Also, why does iftikhara confuse religion with race? What race is Islam? I know some white, English Muslims. I'm beginning to wonder whether "iftikhara" is actually an internet troll who is only PRETENDING to be a Muslim, just to give Muslims a bad name. If so, it's working to a tee!

  • QuedgeleyGuy  |  January 25 2013, 6:10PM

    I think it's someone pretending to be the Iftikhar Ahmad that's based in the London School of Islamics. See the link and go figure for ourselves we have some nutter trolling these pages. I believe that the chap based in London is awaiting British Citizenship. http://tinyurl.com/23ko666 Over to you Shifti.

  • Ysedra  |  January 25 2013, 6:16PM

    'London School of islamics' (really, 'Islamics'?) looks too much like 'London School of Economics' *not* to be a wind-up fake institution. Why is anyone wasting time on this idiot? He trolls all over the internet.

  • Bonkim2003  |  February 04 2013, 6:21PM

    "A civilisation is measured not by the rights it grants its majority but the privileges it allows its minorities. " Absolutely iftikhara - Try emigrating to Saudi Arabia, you will probably find the civilized state you want to live happily hereafter. If old Blighty is all that bad for Muslims, why is it attracting even more from some of the heavenly Islamic countries and Muslim populations increasing at well over the rate for other indigenous and ethnic groups in the U.K? Or is the answer that Muslims need to take the chip off their shoulders, try to integrate and change some of their dark-ages mindsets? Get real! By the way it is for the immigrant to adapt and change - not for the majority to accept all and sundry.

  • Lecorche  |  February 04 2013, 8:04PM

    When in Rome.........

  • FreeRadical1  |  February 06 2013, 5:58PM

    Anyway, which particular brand of Islam is iftikhara promoting? There are so many, and they all hate each other - just like the divisions of Christianity... Religions to grow up and stop their infighting before preaching to anyone else.

  • iftikhara  |  February 06 2013, 8:55PM

    Bilingual Muslim children 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. At the same time they need to learn 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 Brits. British schooling has been forcing them to become notoriously monolingual Brits. It is a fact that British schooling is the home of institutional racism and British teachers are chicken racist. It is a crime against humanity to deprive a child form his/her mother tongue. Arabic is a religious language and all Muslims must learn and be well versed in Arabic to recite and understand the Holy Quran.Ed is very proud of his comprehensive school because students were speaking 60 languages. After leaving school, all those who spoke different languages, could only speak English because there is no arrangement for them to learn their own languages at school. Even teachers discouraged them to speak their language in school. British schooling regards bilingualism as a problem and not an asset. Sadiq was the product of British schooling. He is very proud that he is unable to speak, read and write Urdu language. I do not blame him. It is the fault of the 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 and demands. Bilingual Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with 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. Bilingual Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental period' otherwise, they would be lost in the Western JUNGLE.There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. At higher level of education, a Muslim teacher is not a priority. 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. IA

  • FreeRadical1  |  February 07 2013, 3:16PM

    Yeah, don't bother to tell us which particular brand of Islam you subscribe to. Anyway, Arabic is not a religious language, any more than Latin, Greek or Hebrew are religious languages. Arabic must pre-date Islam; it didn't automatically become a religious language just because it was the language used by Mohammad. You must already know that Muslim schools [madrassas] in Pakistan force children to learn the Koran in Arabic, even though they don't understand Arabic. No attempt is made to actually teach Arabic as a language, so the children end up being able to recite the whole of the Koran without understanding it. Perhaps you could have a word with Pakistani Muslim clerics and get them to change their ways before criticising the lack of Arabic teaching in British schools.

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