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Education key to solving Islamophobia

Education key to solving Islamophobia A better understanding of Islam will stem the tide of Islamophobia, a McMaster panel said on Tuesday. “When talking about Islamophobia, the enemy isn’t hatred, it’s fear,” said Dr. Ellen Amster, an associate professor at Mac, explaining that the tensions many North Americans feel with their Muslim neighbours often have to do with a lack ... Read More »

Muslim community wins day off of school on major holiday next year

Muslim community wins day off of school on major holiday next year Montgomery County schools won’t have classes on one of the Islamic faith’s major holidays next year, a significant victory for the local Muslim community after years of lobbying for the same treatment as Christians and Jews. Montgomery’s Board of Education voted 6 to 2 to support a measure ... Read More »

Higher education dept mulling legal action against ‘illegal’ Islamic university

Higher education dept mulling legal action against ‘illegal’ Islamic university Darul Uloom University caught the department’s attention after alleging the City of Joburg had wrongly charged them R1.1m for electricity in a single month. The department of higher education and training (DHET) will institute legal action against an Islamic “university” in Zakariyya Park, south of Johannesburg, if the founders do ... Read More »

Indonesia stresses importance of education for women at Islamic conference

Indonesia stresses importance of education for women at Islamic conference Indonesia has called on the Muslim world to empower women through education, stressing that women’s access to education is their fundamental right. “It is unfortunate to see that in the 21st century, many women still have no access to education. Indonesia is ready to contribute to ensure equal rights for ... Read More »

Plans for first state-backed Islamic primary school in Scotland

Plans for first state-backed Islamic primary school in Scotland Glasgow could soon be home to Scotland’s first state-backed Islamic primary school. Shaykh Zoheeb Iqbal, who opened Little Wonders Islamic nursery in the Govanhill area of the city in 2015, says the school would teach Muslims “to respect all religious beliefs”. Plans are for the independent school to open in time ... Read More »

Philadelphia schools add two Muslim holidays

Philadelphia schools add two Muslim holidays The Philadelphia School District will add two Muslim holidays to its calendar, placing it among the first in the nation to do so. In what would be an even rarer step, Mayor Kenney said Tuesday he also hopes to adopt the holidays for city workers. He has created a task force to determine how ... Read More »

Muslim education faces tests in Bengal

Muslim education faces tests in Bengal Blocks with higher concentration of Muslims have fewer number of schools, it says. In his speech in the Budget session of the West Bengal Assembly, the Governor praised the Trinamool Congress government for the “holistic development of minorities” — especially in the education sector. However, a recent report co-produced by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s ... Read More »

Peel school board changes controversial decision on Muslim prayers

Peel school board changes controversial decision on Muslim prayers The Peel District School Board is reversing its controversial decision that forced Muslim students to use a limited number of pre-approved sermons for their Friday prayers. A revised procedure released on Friday allows students either to deliver their own sermons or choose from several pre-written ones approved by local imams. School ... Read More »

Muslim leader calls for secular education at state schools

Muslim leader calls for secular education at state schools ‘State schools should not teach religious doctrine, but provide students with basic knowledge about every religion’ Education at state schools should be secular and void of religious doctrine, the leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Malta has said. Laiq Ahmed Atif told MaltaToday at a conference that religious education at ... Read More »

Muslim prayers in schools get provincial endorsement following intense meeting.

Muslim prayers in schools get provincial endorsement following intense meeting. Liberal ministers Mitzie Hunter and Michael Coteau issue statement of support the morning after a Peel school board meeting where tempers flared and police had to clear the room. The morning after a tense meeting at the Peel board — where a protester tore up a Quran and others yelled ... Read More »