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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Islamic education to include greater priority for tolerance

DUBAI // A new Islamic education curriculum with greater focus on respecting and engaging with people of other faiths will be introduced to government schools from next year. The Ministry of Education has developed textbooks and teaching material for Islamic and Arabic subjects that will focus on both national identity and community integration. The changes will be phased in, with ... Read More »

Ofsted Admits ‘Mistake’ In Islamic School Report

The inspector’s report into child safety at the private Zakaria Muslim Girls’ High School in Batley claimed celebrations for an Islamic festival meant he could only speak to senior managers. The school, which disputes Ofsted’s claim that it prevented access to pupils, is one of three facing further action from authorities following investigations by Sky News into the secretive Deobandi ... Read More »

The Muslim-Christian education gap in sub-Saharan Africa

Pew Research Center’s new study on educational attainment among the world’s major religious groups finds a large gap between Muslims and Christians in sub-Saharan Africa, a region in which the population is projected to grow rapidly over the next few decades. This gap has persisted for decades, and for more insight into possible reasons, we interviewed Melina Platas, an assistant ... Read More »

Uganda: Education Is the Biggest Gap Between Muslims, Christians

New study shows why it is important to bridge the gap Ugandan media has devised ways of getting the most out of readers whenever results of national examinations are released. This year, the most innovative was possibly The New Vision newspaper of Jan. 24. Under the rather ambiguous heading; “Decade’s best performing O’level schools”, it compiled the performance of 1778 ... Read More »

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS) Scholarships

These scholarships have been established by tThe Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford. It was established in 1985 to encourage the scholarly study of Islam and the Islamic world. The Centre provides a meeting point for the Western and Islamic worlds of learning. At Oxford, it contributes to the multi-disciplinary and ... Read More »

Islamic school refuses to repay millions to Department of Education

The Malek Fahd Islamic School has accused the state government of breaching racial discrimination laws in ordering it to repay $8.5 million in taxpayer funding. The school, which educates about 2500 Muslim students in Sydney’s south-west, is refusing to pay back the financial assistance it received between 2010 and 2011, three years after the NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, ... Read More »

NASHVILLE — Tennessee seventh-graders spend a portion of their time in a world history course studying “the world of Islam.” The amount of time spent on the topic, and what students are actually learning during that time, has some lawmakers and parents in an uproar and the state planning to review standards. “There is a big difference between education and ... Read More »

Let’s Examine Our Relationship with the Qur’an

The Qur’an was revealed by Almighty Allah through Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to mankind to bring them out of the disorienting and debilitating darkness of falsehood, ignorance and superstitions to the light and radiance of truth, guidance and proper erudition. The Qur’an is the only means available to man by which he can communicate directly with his Creator, Master and Sustainer. ... Read More »

Celebration in a World of Extremes

‘Eid-ul-Fitr is meant to be a time of celebration, a day for commemorating the conclusion of a month-long fast. From ethical and moral perspectives, we should be contemplating the higher purpose and the deeper significance of our lives, trying to live meaningfully; with a heightened level of spiritual consciousness. Role in a turbulent world The fasting ones are referred to ... Read More »

Zakat for Da’wah and Public Welfare Programs

In the Qur’an, Allah Almighty has mentioned 8 categories of people who can receive Zakah. Allah Almighty says: “Alms are for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to the truth); for those in bondage and in debt; in the cause of Allah; and for the wayfarer: ... Read More »