Skip to comments.Militant Islam invades school curriculum
Posted on 02/24/2006 9:55:16 AM PST by Calpernia
A RADICAL Muslim thinker who inspired al-Qa'ida is being served up as subject matter for high school students in NSW.
Sayyid Qutb, an Egyptian militant hanged in 1966 but still a powerful influence on violent Islamists, and the Pakistani fundamentalist Sayyid Maududi are the only two modern Muslim thinkers on a revised syllabus for studies of religion.
Experts this week condemned the prominence of political Islam in the new syllabus, and especially the inclusion of Qutb.
"I am surprised and dismayed that the NSW religion syllabus narrows modern Islamic thinkers to its totalitarians," said Daniel Pipes, whose US-based Middle East Forum agitates against Islamic extremism.
"Islam has a rich intellectual tradition. To pick these two writers is like representing modern German culture with Marx and Hitler."
Under the revised Higher School Certificate syllabus, students can choose to examine the "contribution to Islam" of Qutb and Maududi. Others they can study include two wives of the prophet Mohammed, legal scholars and Sufi mystics. Qutb figured as a "teacher and interpreter" in the old syllabus.
NSW Board of Studies president Gordon Stanley said experts and community leaders had had plenty of opportunity to comment on the syllabus.
He was surprised to hear of criticism and offered a parallel: "If you study the Holocaust you've got to know something about Hitler, but that doesn't mean people are concerned about students becoming Nazis."
Catholic educationist John McGrath defended the syllabus, which he helped write: "Qutb was a significant figure in 20th-century Islam.
"(His writings are) one expression of Islamic revival. We're not suggesting that he's representative of all Muslims."
But Ahmad Shboul, chair of Arabic and Islamic studies at Sydney University, said political Islamists did not fit easily within the study of religion.
"Qutb has contributed to modern commentary on the Koran, but the influence of (Qutb and Maududi) has turned out to be more on the political side," he said, adding that Qutb was simply too controversial and complex a figure for study at school.
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, commentators have pointed to Qutb as the intellectual inspiration for violent campaigns against the West and Muslim states seen as corrupted by modern values.
Among those influenced by Qutb's writings is Ayman al-Zawahiri, seen as the intellectual force of al-Qa'ida. But Professor Shboul doubted Qutb would have approved of al-Qa'ida's violence.
In Pakistan, Maududi founded an Islamic political party, Jamaat-e-Islami, with the aim of making society and state wholly subject to Islamic law.
His critics say he left a legacy of extremism; his followers say he opposed violence.
Abdullah Saeed, director of the centre for the study of contemporary Islam at Melbourne University, said Muhammad Abduh, an Egyptian reformer, would have been a safer choice for the syllabus than Qutb.
"Especially in the current political climate and context, the inclusion of Qutb presents more problems than it solves," Professor Saeed said.
"When this becomes public I guess there would be various groups - Muslim and non-Muslim - who would feel very strongly about this."
Islam and schools ping
Everything I need to know about Islam I learned on 9-11. Besides, trying to pronounce all those wheezy, non-earthly words and names ties my nose hair in knots and make me sneeze.
"Sayyid Qutb, an Egyptian militant hanged in 1966 but still a powerful influence on violent Islamists, and the Pakistani fundamentalist Sayyid Maududi are the only two modern Muslim thinkers on a revised syllabus for studies of religion."
Maybe they are the only modern Muslim thinkers, but as expected, thinking in the wrong direction.
They are already calling the shot in part of the USA:
Jihad in Small Town America: Part 4 of a Series
By Laura Mansfield
Vacation Bible School is a rite of summer throughout the American southeast. In the Bible Belt of the deep south, a couple of weeks after school lets out, the elementary school aged kids flock to their churches for a week of Bible Stories, crafts, and fun.
Its changed a little since I was a child; some churches now schedule the sessions in the evenings to accommodate working parents. The curriculum has been jazzed up a little, and often they have themes like and even mascots. But for the most part, Vacation Bible School is still the same thing that many of us experienced as children.
For example. children at suburban Atlanta Peachtree Corners Baptist Church (where runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks was to have wed) will spend next week exploring a theme of Ramblin Road Trip: Which Way Do I Go?
You probably wouldnt be surprised to hear that there is an Islamic equivalent.
I had the opportunity to spend an evening last week at one of these sessions, and I was amazed at what is being taught in this country to children between the ages of 5 and 10. The differences between a Vacation Bible School and the Islamic Summer Study Week were apparent from the moment I entered the door, starting with the dress code.
Kids at Vacation Bible School for the most part wear shorts, and t-shirts, although some of the girls wear cute little outfits from Gap Kids and Gymboree.
The youngsters at this Atlanta-area Islamic Center were required to wear Islamic dress, even though the air conditioning was only functioning at a minimal level and the temperature during the days rose into the high 80s. The boys were clearly more comfortable that the girls; they wore navy pants, and white t-shirts or white polo shirts. Some of the boys wore longer, knee-length navy shorts.
The younger girls wore long navy pants, a long sleeve white cotton shirt, and a navy tunic. Even some of the youngest girls were wearing a white hijab (headscarf), although a hijab was optional for the girls until they reached the age of 10. Some of the older girls were wearing a long floor length skirt instead of long pants. According to the director, the girls who opted to wear pants were required to wear the knee-length sleeveless tunic over the pants and long sleeve white shirt so as to be dressed in a non-revealing manner.
I expressed surprise that the young girls especially were willing to wear the hijab, and the director suggested I ask some of the kids to explain their reasons.
Selwa, a cute little five year old with blonde curls escaping from under the headscarf to frame her face, told me I like to wear it. My mommy wears it too. I asked her what she liked about it. Her blue eyes were wide as she exclaimed Cause then bad men wont kidnap me and hurt me.
Hosnia, who is 6 years old, explained in a very serious manner: Im Muslim. God says girls have to wear it.
After a few more minutes of socializing while other students arrived, the rally began. The group filed into the large room where the rally was to be held. The boys were already sitting in rows on the floor near the front of the room. The girls sat in rows behind the men.
I asked the teacher who was sitting in front of me why the girls were at the rear, when the younger ones wouldnt be able to see over the heads of the older boys without standing. Little Hosnia, who was sitting beside me, heard my question and whispered to me we have to sit back here so the boys cant look at our butts. She burst out into giggles, but the teacher immediately told her to hush.
The director introduced the Imam from the mosque, who started the rally with a quotation from the Quran in Arabic. The surah of the day, which would be the Islamic equivalent of the Bible Verse of the Day, Al Ikhlas. The imam translated the surah as:
Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
And there is none like unto Him.
The Imam repeated it several times in Arabic, line by line, encouraging the children to repeat it with him. Shifting back into English, he told them that their task for the day was to memorize this 4-line surah.
He then began to explain the surah, and its importance. He told the children that this surah described the essence of Islam that there is only one Allah, and that Allah has no children. Then, quite abruptly, he told the room full of children that this surah was what Muslims were dying for in Palestine, and Iraq, and Chechnya. He told them that the Christians were all doomed to eternal hell for the sin of shirk, or assigning partners or a son to God.
He ranted for around 10 minutes about the kafirs and how the ambition of these unbelievers used the name of Christ to work with the Zionists to kill all of the Muslims in the world.
Then, suddenly he shifted gears. He started discussing Jews and Zionists, explaining that they were the most hated creatures by Allah. He told the children that Allah in fact hated them so much that at one point he turned all the Jews into pigs and monkeys.
The focus shifted to politics again. The imam told the children to never forget the struggle of the Palestinians, who were only trying to regain their ancestral land, which has been their home for thousands of years. He told the story of Mohamed Durah, and explained to the audience how the 14 year old had been killed while innocently going down the street with his father. He emphasized that the killing was an unprovoked murder by the Jewish sons of pigs and monkeys. He reminded the children that the goal of every Christian and Jew was to kill every single Muslim, even the tiny babies.
The imam explained that although they are in America they have an obligation to help their fellow Muslims elsewhere in the world. He told the kids to save their quarters and dollars and bring them to the center each day, and at the end of the program they would send the donations to their Muslim brothers and sisters in Palestine and Iraq.
At that point, he abruptly shifted back to the Surah of the Day. He offered several of the older boys the opportunity to recite the surah in front of the group.
Then he announced that the groups would go to their respective classes.
The classes were not coed; boys and girls were separated, even at the youngest ages. The classes were grouped according to age: Kindergarten and First Grade together, Second and Third Grade together, and Fourth and Fifth Grade together.
I chose to remain with the Kindergarten and First Grade class.
The teacher, Amina, was an American woman who grew up in South Georgia as a Southern Baptist named Tiffani. She married a Palestinian man while still in college at Georgia State University. She converted to Islam and dropped out of college when she got pregnant. She was now pregnant with her third child in as many years. Her husband had finished his graduate degree, and in three weeks she was returning with him to his home in the West Bank.
She explained to me that the first 45 minute session for the youngsters was to learn the phrase Allah Akbar. They started with a large coloring page with the words Allah Akbar written on it in Arabic. After they colored the page, they took turns reciting the phrase.
She told the kids how to determine when it was appropriate to shout Allah Akbar: intimes of great joy, when someone is martyred, or when the Zionists or Kafirs are attacked. She introduced a video, in Arabic, showing scenes from the West Bank, and told the kids to shout Allah Akbar when they thought they should.
The kids quickly got the message that when something blew up, or an Israeli soldier was shot that they should shout Allah Akbar. I expressed my concern to Tiffani about children so young being exposed to such violent scenes. Tiffani/Amina assured me that the kids had been watching similar videos since they were two years old, and that they werent disturbed in the slightest by them.
Playground time was next. The younger girls joined the older kids on the playground. Although the boys and girls shared the same playground, there was a clear but unmarked demarcation between the sexes. If one of the boys accidentally kicked a ball into the girls section, one of the girls or teachers tossed it back. The boys werent allowed to come into the girls section at all.
While the girls played chase and hopscotch and other typical childrens outdoor games, the boys were playing what appeared to be some sort of combination of cowboys and Indians and GI Joe.
I wandered over closer to get a better look.
Sure enough the boys were playing jihad. While I watched from the sidelines, the boys drew lots to see who would act as the American airplane. The loser had to pretend he was an American airplane flying around, and then the other boys pretended to attack it by throwing Nerf balls. The airplane fell to the ground, and the other boys pounced on it. The airplane turned into a pilot and the boys captured him. They stood him against a wall, and formed a pretend firing squad. Instead of toy guns, the boys used their multifunctional Nerf balls to execute their prisoner, all the while yelling Allah Akbar.
The male teachers, most of whom were in their twenties, stood over at the side of the playground talking to each other, not paying any attention to the activities in which their students were engaged.
I noticed one boy standing over not to far from where I was standing, holding a box against his face. He appeared to be watching the other boys intently. I asked him, in English, what he was doing.
His answer? Im the camera man. Im taping them.
After playground time ended, the kids filed back into their classrooms for a snack, and then returned to the assembly hall for a final assembly before their parents picked them up.
As I left, I reflected upon the mornings events. I wondered how many of the parents knew what their children were being taught in these sessions.
Did the parents approve or disapprove?
How many of these children will be making headlines over the next decade?
One thing should be noted:
Under Islamic law, a muslim cannot charge interest to another muslim. So the Islamist want shut down the worlds economic base, which is largely driven today by Stock Markets.
That is another reason why the islamic countries are to undeveloped.
WAKE UP AMERICA!!!
Your little darling is being brainwashed and your taxes are paying for it.
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