“As-Salamu Alaikum! Good morning!” booms Habeeb Quadri, looking out over a sea of kids gathered in the gymnasium of the Muslim Community Center Full Time School. “As-Salamu Alaikum!” the students shout in reply, echoing the traditional Arabic greeting, “Peace be upon you.”
(Notice how the story leaves out the part about the prayers for “Death to America, Death to Israel”)
List of Radical Islamic schools throughout the US Turkish Muslims, under the leadership of Fethullah Gulen, have established over 85 madrassahs (Islamic schools) throughout the United States to further the cause of radical Islam. The madrassahs, set up as “charter schools,” receive millions from U.S. taxpayers and serve to promote “education jihad” by radicalizing students to promote a universal caliphate.
(Below photos are from Islamic schools in the US)
MSNBC (H/T RevereRidesAgain) –It is a scene played out in countless variations each weekday at the estimated 240 to 250 private Islamic schools in the U.S. offering instruction to K-12 students. The increasing enrollment in these schools reflects the religion’s growing number of American followers and the desire of parents to shelter young Muslims from discrimination and discomfort they might encounter at public schools.
But Islamic schools, like mosques and other Islamic institutions, can can be viewed with distrust and even hostility, which means their founders have to work overtime to
gain a foothold in many communities. (fool the communities into thinking they are not teaching the students to hate the West.)
“We want to give (students) the necessary tools to be productive citizens and Muslim citizens in this society, but also the necessary tools to be productive citizens in the hereafter, which is paradise,” said Quadri, a gregarious 36-year-old Chicago native whose parents immigrated from Pakistan. (Notice how they want them to be productive and Muslims citizens, but nothing is mentioned about being American citizens).
Quadri’s goals are ambitious, and his job is about to get even bigger. Like many private Islamic schools around the country, MCC Full Time is aiming to expand enrollment to 450 next year. It’s offerings: a solid education, religious values based on the Quran and a refuge.(“Based on the quran” means they are taught to hate Christians and Jews, to kill anyone who leaves Islam, to beat women who misbehave, and that sex with children and animals is just fine, if the rules are followed)
“It’s very important … for Muslim kids to be able to go to a school that affirms who they are (Muslims, NOT Americans) and allows the creative space to be comfortable being Muslim,” said Fatima Bailey, a San Francisco-based education consultant and former teacher in Islamic schools. “In an Islamic school they have a feeling of pride … minus some of the other things they might encounter.”
The Islamic School League of America (ISLA), a nonprofit that connects Muslim educators and institutions, estimates that 40,000 students are enrolled in Islamic schools in the United States, a 25 percent increase from 2006. Those numbers are expected to keep growing as new schools open and existing schools expand. (40,000 potential terrorists, how nice)
In addition to standard curricula adopted from public schools, Islamic schools typically offer Arabic and study of the Quran. Beyond that, many offer Islamic studies, which vary widely but may include stories of the prophets, teaching about the Crusades and scientific discoveries of the Ottoman Empire. Teaching approaches also vary, and it’s difficult to generalize about many other aspects of their curricula and religious instruction.
Parents seek out Islamic schools in part to shelter their kids from the
rough-and-tumble exchanges and atmosphere they commonly encounter in public schools. “I think at the end of the day… a lot of parents tell me, ‘I don’t want my child to be in a high school where they have to deal with kids making out next to their locker,” said Fatima Quadri. Or having to attend coed swimming classes.
“I’d have to sit on the bench at gym because my teacher did not understand … I wasn’t going to wear a bathing suit in a coed classroom,” said Quadri, whose parents sent her to public schools in Chicago. “It took a long time for me to make my teacher understand that and stop giving me a zero.”
Parents have the additional incentive of wanting to protect their kids from anti-Muslim slurs that have become more commonplace in the decade since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (Only because every attempted terrorist act since 9/11 has been perpetrated by muslims)
Bailey, the San Francisco education consultant, decided to pull her daughter from a public middle school and put her back in an Islamic school after the killing of Osama bin Laden prompted other students asked her daughter if she was in mourning for the al-Qaida terror mastermind. “They didn’t ask her about the pretty black scarf, or her trip to Abu Dhabi,” said Bailey. (Maybe that’s because that “pretty black scarf” makes her look like a female suicide bomber)
The idea of private Islamic schools is troubling to Zudhi Jasser, an American born Muslim who is an outspoken critic of what he calls Islamic separatism in America. “It creates a very ghettoized society…” said Jasser, who argues that American Muslim religious communities often embrace a belief in Islamist supremacy. “I worry that parochial schools are going to become incubators for separatism.” (AND terrorism)