Muslim pupils to be lectured on patriotism by Muslim soldiers

28th Aug 2013

In its latest misguided policy, the British Government is planning to send Muslim soldiers into schools to challenge Muslim children about their patriotism rather than address the abuse, attacks and victimisation suffered following the Woolwich murder.

 

The Muslim News Editor, Ahmed J Versi, warned that the initiative has again failed the Muslim community at a time when mosques were being targeted with terrorist bombs. Instead the Government is giving more ammunition to right-wing extremists by treating Muslim children as potential traitors to Britain.

“It is outrageous that the Government is sending Muslim soldiers to mainstream schools to tell Muslim students in front of non-Muslim pupils that they are not British patriots. The Government is not considering the consequences of this Islamophobic action,” Versi said.

“Muslim pupils will feel they are second class citizens. Non-Muslim pupils will look with suspicion at fellow Muslim pupils, as traitors, as anti-British. Muslim pupils are already suffering Islamophobic abuse from non-Muslim pupils, as supporters of terrorism.”

 

Prime Minister, David Cameron, has already being under fire from the Muslim community for failing to condemn last month’s series of terrorist bombing targeting mosques during the unprecedented outbreak of  Islamophobic attacks following the killing of drummer Lee Rigby in May.

“It is unbelievable that Prime Minister Cameron, who told The Muslim News during his visit to a mosque in Manchester earlier this month that the next meeting of extremism taskforce the Government will discuss the attacks on Muslims. Now he appears to have changed his mind and instead of dealing with the victimisation, the taskforce will apparently discuss about sending Muslim soldiers to schools to challenge patriotism of Muslim students,” Versi said.

“All surveys since 9/11 and more so since July 7 London bombings show that Muslims feel more British, identify more with British institutions including the armed forces than the population as a whole. Still the Government is looking at the Muslim community with suspicion.”

The plan is to be included in preparations to mark the centenary of the First World War.  As part of coordinated events, some 650 Muslim military personnel are to be sent to schools to convince youngsters that it is possible to follow Islam and be a patriotic Briton.

A spokesperson for Downing Street told denied that Muslim pupils will be targeted but was not able to provide information on the initiative.

 

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5 Responses to “Muslim pupils to be lectured on patriotism by Muslim soldiers”

Khalid RoccaAugust 29, 2013

I always recall a comment some years ago now by a then Muslim politician (insha Allah I am not mistaken) who stated that, ‘We are living beneath an umbrella of Kufr’!

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SBAugust 29, 2013

What a biased report! This clearly lacks reasoning and facts and as such is likely to cause further damage to the already fragile relationship between the armed forces and the muslim community. It is a fact that children in schools need to be reminded of the role the armed forces play in our society. In respect of muslim school children something needs to counteract the negativity they are exposed to by many inthe muslim community.
My husband is in the army and my children were left adrift when their father was posted to Afghanistan. Not only did they need family support to understand the consequences of this but they also required additional help to overcome the abuse and discrimination they faced from their muslim classmates! This just added to their confusion!
Its not just about agreeing with any foreign policy on overseas intevention/peacekeeping but about understanding the role played by our forces and providing the support to those that do. Narrow minded views like the one expressed inthis report only add to widen the divide between our communities.

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Iftikhar AhmadAugust 30, 2013

Dogs and pigs are unclean animals in the eyes of Muslims but west regards them as clean. This is one of the reason why Muslim parents would like to send their children to Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models. Muslim children need 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. 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. As a Muslim I’m taught that I have 2 kinds of brother, brothers in Islam, and brothers in humanity, that’s why I love everyone unconditionally. I believe in the truth and the truth is that Islam does not allow the deaths of innocents and you’re cherry-picking and misinterpreting and taking out of context.
IA

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PaddyOctober 19, 2013

Britain is a Christian country, based on the bible. There is no place for islam here or state funded schools.

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GlennJuly 12, 2015

The West does not regard dogs and pigs as clean or unclean, it regards them as animals. I am not sure why the status of dogs and pigs in Western eyes should be a reason that Muslim parents would want to send their children to a segregated school, it is more likely an indication of the racism, bigotry and anti-Western hatred of Iftikhar Ahmad.

He has said “ …non-Muslim teachers are chicken racist and British schooling is the home of institutional racism…” so now he has a problem with chickens! What on earth is a chicken racist?

He has also said “….There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school, “ and has referred disparagingly to “mono-lingual Brits”, what would be the reaction if I were to use a pejorative term like “p**i”? (see, I dare not even write it!) it is he who is the racist seeking to impose segregation in the United Kingdom.

On the London School of Islamics Trust website he said, and I quote “..I was issued a work permit to come and teach in your rotten schools.” Why did he apply if he thinks they are rotten? Was he dragged or otherwise forced to come here? Why does he not devote his abilities such as they are to a Muslim country, which to read his statements are all models of moral virtue and harmony?

People like Iftikhar Ahmad are the reason the government is sending Muslim soldiers into schools to speak – it is to try to oppose and hopefully reverse the corrosive bigotry and negativity he and others like him constantly spew.

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