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The National Council of Imams and Masajid

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  1. Iftikhar

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    The National Council of Imams and Masajid

    British Government has been frustrated that a large number of Imams were born and educated in Pakistan, speak limited English, but well versed in their mother tongues, Arabic, Urdu and Farsi, making it difficult for the Government to know what is going on in the Masajid. The drive to encourage British Muslims to become Islamic clerks and to teach English to Imams is planned by British establishment with the help of so called Muslim leaders. Imams were accused of being out me grown”. The home grown Imams are neither well versed in English nor in Urdu or in other community languages. The Imams from the Sub-continent must be freely allowed to come to satisfy the spiritual social and emotional.

    In reality, Islam isn’t about beliefs, it’s also about culture and identity. According to BNP, Islam has become a toxic racial proxy. Atheists and fundamentalist Christians are using popular slogans to incite against Muslims whom they see as the new source of danger for Europe. Pope Urban 11 in 1099 called the faithful to join the first Crusade and expel the Muslims from the Holy Land. It is now high time to react once again and defend Western civilizations as well as everything else which is threatened by radical Koran-Islam. The modern Crusades plan to save western civilization from Islamisation. Islamophobia is a deliberate defamation of Islam and discrimination and intolerance against Muslims. It is the worst type of terrorism the world has ever witnessed. British education system has already eradicated the languages of the young generation of Muslims. Now the British establishment is trying to kick out Urdu and other community languages from the Masajid. Bilingualism is an asset and not a problem.

    Education experts say that a celebration on community languages in schools is one way of riding Britain of its reputation as the world’s language “dunce” and promoting better relations between different ethnic groups. The study of such languages is considered important for the future health of the economy. Research by CILT shows a revolution in the take-up of non-traditional languages in secondary schools. Experts say promoting community languages could also persuade native Brits to take an interest in them. The linguistic map of Britain was changing, with multi-linguals spreading from typically multi-ethnic areas to more “traditional” parts. By encouraging children to develop their existing knowledge we will be building up an important skills base as well as raising educational achievement. There is a huge body of research testify to the benefits that bilingualism has for educational development. The future of Britain is multi-lingual, and this needs to be reflected in the school curriculum.

    Unfortunately with the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment, racism and Islamophobia, bilingualism has been neglected and ignored intentionally. Article 29 of the Convention on the Rights of a child states that “the education of the child should be directed to the development of respect for the child’s parents, his or her own cultural identity, languages and values.” Article 30 states that “a child belonging to an (ethnic, religious or linguistic minority) should be educated in a manner that affirmatively acknowledges their native language abilities as well as ensures their acquisition of English. The Education Act of 1944 clearly states that children should be educated according to the needs and demands of the parents. The silent majority of Muslim parents would like to send their children to state Muslim schools. Dcsf and OFSTED must take the responsibility that all schools must abide by the human rights issues.
    Iftikhar Ahmad
    www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk
     
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    Anti-immigration sentiment is because of people like you just as much as the terrorists. You are secretly a bigot, although you mask it under well mannered sppeches rather than attacking people like radical Muslims.

    I am a very tolerant person, I hate racism, I don't like prejudice. I can't stand religion of any form, but I still have Muslim friends, Christian friends, black friends, white friends, right wing friends, socialist friends etc. so don't you dare call me racist or prejudice for giving my view as a way to strike down my argument without debating it.

    If you come to this country, you learn English. If you come here, sure, practice your beliefs in the privacy of your own home like everyone else, and outside of your home follow the secular customs of our society.

    If your going to live in Britain, why the hell do you need to speak all thse Islamic languages on anything more than a symbolic level to recgonize your roots? If you want to be educated in a way that aknowledges your native ethnic, religious or linguistic minority then go to an Islamic country. Its plentiful there, everyone is Islamic, and its the main custom. Why should we run around catering for unneccessary things for a minority (that goes for bizzare sects of Chrsitianity, white supermacists etc.)?
     
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    I asked you a question a couple of months ago on another thread 9sublime that you never answered and I am still curious.

    To what lengths exactly, would you be willing to go legislatively to see religion kept from public life?
     
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    Salaam

    The demand for state funded Muslim schools is in accordance with the law of the land. Muslim community is not asking for any favour.

    State schools with monolingual teachers are not capable of teaching English to bilingual children. This is the reason that majority of them leave schools with low grades.

    Muslim children need to be well versed in English to follow the Natioanl Curriclum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. At the same time they need to be well versed in Arabic, Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their cultural roots 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.
     
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    Not funding mosques and churches from the government would be a good starting point.
     
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    This begs a larger question. To what extent does the government need to accomodate foreign speakers. Firstly, I wouldnt live somewhere I didnt have a good working grasp of the local language. Schools should be required to teach the language spoken locally as a pre-requisite. Then other languages could be offered as electives. In terms of ESL, the focus of ESL is to learn english while learning the other academics. To provide teachers for any given language for teaching children in thier native languages is a logistics nightmare. If parents want thier children to keep the knowledge of thier native language it is thier responsibility.
     
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    Learning Middle Eastern languages should be like learning spanish, french, german, whatever, to everyone, including Muslims.
     
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