‘TERRIFIED’ Muslim boy who was doing Islamic prayers in the school playground, even though it is forbidden, claims he was he was grabbed and forced to stop praying by a MUSLIM teacher who told him it was an act of defiance.
Daily Mail The boy’s parents say the 12-year-old was left terrified by the exchange and that they are considering removing him from the school after making a formal complaint.
Thaher Tarawneh, 12, said he and his friends began to pray outside at the newly opened Ark Soane Academy in Ealing.The boy claimed a member of staff interrupted them and aggressively told them all ‘to stop at once’. As the other students fled the playground, Thaher continued to pray, in defiance of the teacher’s order.. At this point the member of staff allegedly grabbed him by the waist and removed his blazer, which he was using as a prayer mat.
Thaher was sent home for the afternoon and says he was forced to sign a statement that he argues did not reflect what took place. Thaher says he went to pray in the playground because the school prayer room had been closed due to a school trip and he and his friends were refused access to the library.
His father, Muhammed said he does not believe staff at the secondary school, which opened in September 2021, should ‘challenge’ his son when he is praying. Mr Tarawneh said: ‘We were called by the teacher in question later that day and she explained that she was a Muslim and that Thaher shouldn’t be praying there.
‘We try to educate our children to have certain beliefs and it should not be up to any member of staff to try to challenge them. ‘It is my understanding that the other children ran away because they were terrified of this staff member shouting.
‘Thaher knows to not stop his prayer unless there is something urgent. So for this member of staff to interrupt that and then proceed to manhandle my son, it’s not acceptable.’ (The teacher is a Muslim. Case closed)
The first thing that the headteacher said was that Thaher’s prayer was an act of defiance, that they were considering excluding him and that they do not permit any time of prayer, despite the fact that ¾ of the students are Muslim.
‘After he was denied he asked for an alternative and was rejected so he went to a quiet corner and was told that it’s not a religious school so he can’t practice there. ‘It’s 2022 and our son is being discriminated against (by a Muslim teacher) because of his Muslim religion.’
‘Initially I was demanding that the headteacher stand on the side of truth and communicate professionally even if that means going against his own staff but we are considering withdrawing him from the school because he came out weeping and terrified.’ (Good, put him in an Islamic school in a Muslim country, and go with him)