A Swedish school decided to familiarize its fifth-graders with Islamic worshipping by having a teacher recite quranic verse to them in Arabic and having them pray as Muslims do, facing Mecca, in a bizarre set-up the educators claim is just harmless “role play.”
Photos posted are representative of other non-Muslim students in the EU being forced to learn Islamic prayer. Actual photos from Sweden were not available.
RT (h/t Richard S) An Islamic “religion lesson” was taught at the Bjurbäck school situated in the south of Sweden, according to Samhallsnytt news outlet. An outraged parent said pupils were told to face the Kaaba and kneel on prayer mats, while the whole class was divided by gender, with girls forced to pray in the back of the room (as is done in mosques).
His daughters “did not even want to be there because they could not understand a word of what the teacher read from the quran in Arabic,” the man, called Markus, revealed. After the “prayer,” the pupils “would dance to Arabic music and eat Arabic cake” in something used to replicate Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festivities marking the end of compulsory fasting.
Local authorities confirmed the report, with an education official in Emmaboda telling the news outlet that the Islam class did take place.
When confronted by angry parents, the school management defended the activity, referring to it as “role play.” But the awkward explanation didn’t sit well with Markus who wants the school to apologize and its principal to be suspended.
“Calling this a role play is not OK as it hits me as a parent,” he told the paper. “It’s me, not the school, that raises my children … they go there to learn things that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
The story sparked uproar on social media. “Of course, the continuation of it will be Muslim students learning the Lord’s Prayer and attending a Catholic mass,” one person sarcastically suggested. “Forcing minors into submission is disastrous, another one wrote.
However, the Emmaboda municipality tried to cool down tempers, saying that, while “his lesson was about Islam and Muslim rituals and traditions,” there are other classes teaching about other world religions. (Or so they say)
A similar scandal broke out in neighboring Denmark this summer, when a boy of African descent was filmed teaching his third-grade classmates a daily prayer ritual, with the exercise ending with the class kneeling and chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’(Allah is greater). The school, however, defended the teaching methods used to integrate children of different cultures.
Angry parents have demanded a primary school in Holland changes its curriculum after a video showing children learning how to pray in a mosque emerged.
Daily Mail The mosque in question is believed to be the Ghulzar e Madina in the city of Zwolle, which has previously been visited by radical preachers from Pakistan. Among them was M Anas Noorani Siddiqui, who promoted the death penalty for those who insult the Prophet Muhammad and once said ‘non-Islamic Dutch behave like dogs and bitches.’
The children, most of whom are thought to be Christians, are told to put their ‘elbows on the ground’ and ‘hands close to your ears’. The video was reportedly taken last year but it has emerged after a Dutch MP spotted it and called for schools not to participate in similar ‘politically correct activities.’