Tuesday , 27 June 2017

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Ramadan 2017: Five ways to show solidarity and respect to people observing the Islamic holy month

The month is of huge importance across the Islamic world as a chance to show reverence to Allah and escape from the pace of everyday life Ramadan is a special month in the Islamic calendar when practising Muslims show their respect for the time in which Allah revealed his teachings to the Prophet Mohammad. Since the words heard by the ... Read More »

Education is fundamental: Muslim cleric

All India Majlis Tameer-e-Millat president Syed Jaleel Ahmed on Wednesday underscored the need for Muslims to focus more on education. “Education is an important factor in the development of the community. The All India Majlis Tameer-e-Millat has plans to set up schools at places where there is need. We will seek aid from the government if required. The fruit of ... Read More »

Operation Trojan Horse: examining the ‘Islamic takeover’ of Birmingham schools

It is believed that at least 25 schools in Birmingham are now being investigated in response to allegations of what the media and city council are routinely describing as “takeover” bids by “hardline Muslims”. Birmingham City Council has subsequently announced that it intends to freeze the recruitment of school governors and appoint a new chief adviser to deal specifically with ... Read More »

Can an Islamic education produce critical thinking?

The closure of the secondary section of the Al-Madinah free school in Derby will be celebrated by those who oppose free schools and what are euphemistically labelled “faith” schools. Whatever the stated objections to them it is left to bloggers to warn of indoctrination. The bloggers say what many people fear and fear to say – that Islamic schools are ... Read More »

How Muslim faith schools are teaching tolerance and respect through ‘Islamicised’ curriculum

The Trojan Horse extremism affair that hit a group of Birmingham schools this summer and the ongoing inquiries into it, have raised suspicions among Muslim parents, teachers, and pupils in the UK. News from schools inspectorate Ofsted that the action plans put in place at the five Birmingham schools deemed to be failing are still “not fit for purpose” could ... Read More »

Senegal’s teachers struggle with the clash between science and faith

Senegal is a deeply religious country. About 90% of the West African nation’s residents are Muslim, about 5% are Christian and the rest identify as animist – they believe that natural objects, idols or fetishes have magical power. Many Senegalese embrace at least some elements of animism even if they are Muslim or Christian. In spite of its citizens’ beliefs, ... Read More »

Islamic climate declaration converts religious principles into greener practice

Muslims have a religious duty to take action against climate change, according to a declaration released by a major group of Islamic scholars, faith leaders and politicians from 20 countries. The Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, launched in Istanbul, is aimed at the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims and suggests mosques and Islamic schools should immediately take action. In using ... Read More »

Clampdown on madrassas misses the point of why parents send children for extra study

David Cameron used his recent speech at the Conservative Party Conference to announce that madrassas, Sunday schools, yeshivas and other religious institutions that teach children “intensively” will have to register with the Department for Education and will be subject to inspection. The prime minister’s proposals mean that all religious supplementary schools in England that teach children for more than eight ... Read More »

Friday no more weekly holiday for government-run high madrassas in Assam

The Assam government has decided to discontinue the weekly holiday on Friday in some of government-run high madrassas in the state, said Health & Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday. Sarma said that the state Education Department has already issued instruction to those madrassas to function like other schools on Friday. The minister said it came to his notice ... Read More »

Iran pilgrims to join this year’s Hajj: Saudi Arabia

Iran’s pilgrims did not attend the Hajj in 2016 after the two countries failed to agree on security and logistics. Iranian pilgrims will participate in this year’s annual Hajj, Saudi Arabia has said, after an absence last year during tensions between the regional rivals. “The ministry of hajj and the Iranian organisation have completed all the necessary measures to ensure ... Read More »