School children visit Rochdale mosque

School children visit Rochdale mosque

School children visit Rochdale mosque

School children visit Rochdale mosque

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Almost 700 children from 19 schools visited Neeli Mosque's of Annual ‘Primary School Programme’.

The primary School programme started in 2008 and this year was the 5th year it had taken place.

Each School visit went through some basic fundamental beliefs of Islam in a fun and interactive way and also got a tour of the Mosque which highlights some of the key functions and features which take place within the building.

Ruhel Khan, Primary School Programme Coordinator said, “The Primary School Programme 2012 was a huge success, this was our fifth year and each time it has got bigger and better.

"The exceptional feedback from the schools gives us encouragement to provide more services for the local community”.

The programme took almost 3 months of planning and the demand for places is getting higher each year. The Mosque has promised in future it will work out a programme where even more Schools can participate.

Mosque Secretary Imran Ahmed said “A huge appreciation goes out to all the volunteers who gave up there time to help out with the programme.

"The mosque has a responsibility of educating the wider community on Islam and our School Programme is just one of the many initiatives we take.

"I would also like to thank all the School’s who took part at this year’s programme and from my observation and feedback I received all in all, it was an excellent programme with a lot of positives”.

A teacher from Beech House Primary School said “hadn’t visited a mosque previously so wasn’t sure what to expect, the visit actually exceeded all my expectations”.

Another teacher from Middleton Parish Said “the programme was very informative and well organised, a variety of short activities kept the children interested throughout”. Neeli Mosque is part of UKIM.

The UKIM is one of the oldest nation-wide Islamic organisations in the UK. UKIM has different stands of work which include Relief, education, running Mosques and Madrassa as well as community cohesion and interfaith activities.

UKIM is a registered charity organisation as well as one of the founding members of MCB a national umbrella body for Muslim organisations in Britain.

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11:12pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Ifti says...

Multiculturalism is not about integration but about cultural plurality. It is not about separation but about respect and the deepening awareness of Unity in Diversity. Each culture will maintain its own intrinsic value and at the same time would be expected to contribute to the benefit of the whole society. Multiculturalism can accommodate diversity of all kinds – cultural, philosophical and religious – so that we can create a world without conflict and strife. Britain can assume the role of accommodation and concern for all peoples, for our planet and indeed for our survival. We live in a rapidly changing world. If you attack the burqa, you attack the right of women to choose their own clothing. Respect the right of women how to dress.I respect women’s rights. Nobel Peace Prize winner "Tawakkul Karman," 'The mother of Yemen's revolution,' when asked about her Hijab by journalists and how it is not proportionate with her level of intellect and education, replied: “Man in early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am today and what I’m wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilization that man has achieved, and is not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes again that is a regression back to the ancient times. Veil is a sign of woman liberation from Current Naked liberalism, unethical fashion, social harassment, over consciousness about figure etc and become a sex icon and toy of the troy. In very cold winter people walk about with scarves tightly wrapped around their face. In those cases no security issue arises, but the wearing of burqa raises security concern. Burqa is worn as a matter of choice. Nowadays young women choose to wear full veil seeing it as a powerful statement of identity, The parliaments of various European countries are voting to legislate the banning of the veils, In Switzerland a ban on minarets was imposed. The campaign against Islamic symbols is on the rise because of a sense of insecurity in some Europeans. A ban on the burqa is bound to widen the differences rather than bridging them. It will just encourage discrimination against Muslims in European society.

The EU should make sure that its member states are multicultural to ensure the prosperity of the union, the UN's special representative for migration has said.

Peter Sutherland also suggested the UK government's immigration policy had no basis in international law.

He told the House of Lords committee migration was a 'crucial dynamic for economic growth' in some EU nations 'however difficult it may be to explain this to the citizens of those states'. He said that an ageing or declining native population in countries like Germany or southern EU states was the 'key argument and, I hesitate to the use word because people have attacked it, for the development of multicultural states'. He criticised the UK's attempt to cut net migration from its current level to 'tens of thousands' a year through visa restrictions.

A man is a product of his culture, language and faith. State funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers would help bilingual Muslim children to develop their cultural, linguistic and spiritual identies before they are exposed to other cultures and faiths. A bilingual Muslim child must learn and be well versed in standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. At the same time he/she must learn and be well versed in Arabic to recite and understand the Holy Quran. On top of that he/she must learn Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with his/her cultural heritage and enjoy the beauty of his/her literature and poetry. Without Muslim schools, Muslim children are not going to develop their Islamic identity, crucial fo their mental, social, emotional and personality development. We have already lost four generations and fifth one is in the process of losing its cultural, linguistic and spiritual Identities.

Children that can speak more than one languages do better overall in learning and it will help them excel in a job when they are older. Only an idiot would think that being bi/trilingual is a bad thing. I think its great to be surrounded by foreign languages. There are plenty of benefits to learning them, it increases memory and other brain functions, looks great on a job résumé, and most importantly allows you to connect with a different culture and make new friends. Now is the time to teach them all the different languages you want to because they will just soak up the information. As we get older it becomes harder and harder to retrain our brains to learn a new language.

Bilingual Muslims children have a right, as much as any other faith group, to be taught their culture, languages and faith alongside a mainstream curriculum. More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England. There is a dire need for the growth of state funded Muslim schools to meet the growing needs and demands of the Muslim parents and children. Now the time has come that parents and community should take over the running of their local schools. Parent-run schools will give the diversity, the choice and the competition that the wealthy have in the private sector. Parents can perform a better job than the Local Authority because parents have a genuine vested interest. The Local Authority simply cannot be trusted.

There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands.

None of the British Muslims convicted following the riots in Bradford and Oldham in 2001 or any of those linked to the London bombings had been to Islamic schools. An American Think Tank studied the educational back ground of 300 Jihadists; none of them were educated in Pakistani Madrasas. They were all Western educated by non-Muslim teachers. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models. A Cambridge University study found that single-sex classes could make a big difference for boys. They perform better in single-sex classes. The research is promising because male students in the study saw noticeable gains in the grades. The study confirms the Islamic notion that academic achievement is better in single-sex classes.
Iftikhar Ahmad
London School of Islamics Trust
http://www.londonsch
oolofislamics.org.uk
Multiculturalism is not about integration but about cultural plurality. It is not about separation but about respect and the deepening awareness of Unity in Diversity. Each culture will maintain its own intrinsic value and at the same time would be expected to contribute to the benefit of the whole society. Multiculturalism can accommodate diversity of all kinds – cultural, philosophical and religious – so that we can create a world without conflict and strife. Britain can assume the role of accommodation and concern for all peoples, for our planet and indeed for our survival. We live in a rapidly changing world. If you attack the burqa, you attack the right of women to choose their own clothing. Respect the right of women how to dress.I respect women’s rights. Nobel Peace Prize winner "Tawakkul Karman," 'The mother of Yemen's revolution,' when asked about her Hijab by journalists and how it is not proportionate with her level of intellect and education, replied: “Man in early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am today and what I’m wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilization that man has achieved, and is not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes again that is a regression back to the ancient times. Veil is a sign of woman liberation from Current Naked liberalism, unethical fashion, social harassment, over consciousness about figure etc and become a sex icon and toy of the troy. In very cold winter people walk about with scarves tightly wrapped around their face. In those cases no security issue arises, but the wearing of burqa raises security concern. Burqa is worn as a matter of choice. Nowadays young women choose to wear full veil seeing it as a powerful statement of identity, The parliaments of various European countries are voting to legislate the banning of the veils, In Switzerland a ban on minarets was imposed. The campaign against Islamic symbols is on the rise because of a sense of insecurity in some Europeans. A ban on the burqa is bound to widen the differences rather than bridging them. It will just encourage discrimination against Muslims in European society. The EU should make sure that its member states are multicultural to ensure the prosperity of the union, the UN's special representative for migration has said. Peter Sutherland also suggested the UK government's immigration policy had no basis in international law. He told the House of Lords committee migration was a 'crucial dynamic for economic growth' in some EU nations 'however difficult it may be to explain this to the citizens of those states'. He said that an ageing or declining native population in countries like Germany or southern EU states was the 'key argument and, I hesitate to the use word because people have attacked it, for the development of multicultural states'. He criticised the UK's attempt to cut net migration from its current level to 'tens of thousands' a year through visa restrictions. A man is a product of his culture, language and faith. State funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers would help bilingual Muslim children to develop their cultural, linguistic and spiritual identies before they are exposed to other cultures and faiths. A bilingual Muslim child must learn and be well versed in standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. At the same time he/she must learn and be well versed in Arabic to recite and understand the Holy Quran. On top of that he/she must learn Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with his/her cultural heritage and enjoy the beauty of his/her literature and poetry. Without Muslim schools, Muslim children are not going to develop their Islamic identity, crucial fo their mental, social, emotional and personality development. We have already lost four generations and fifth one is in the process of losing its cultural, linguistic and spiritual Identities. Children that can speak more than one languages do better overall in learning and it will help them excel in a job when they are older. Only an idiot would think that being bi/trilingual is a bad thing. I think its great to be surrounded by foreign languages. There are plenty of benefits to learning them, it increases memory and other brain functions, looks great on a job résumé, and most importantly allows you to connect with a different culture and make new friends. Now is the time to teach them all the different languages you want to because they will just soak up the information. As we get older it becomes harder and harder to retrain our brains to learn a new language. Bilingual Muslims children have a right, as much as any other faith group, to be taught their culture, languages and faith alongside a mainstream curriculum. More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England. There is a dire need for the growth of state funded Muslim schools to meet the growing needs and demands of the Muslim parents and children. Now the time has come that parents and community should take over the running of their local schools. Parent-run schools will give the diversity, the choice and the competition that the wealthy have in the private sector. Parents can perform a better job than the Local Authority because parents have a genuine vested interest. The Local Authority simply cannot be trusted. There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands. None of the British Muslims convicted following the riots in Bradford and Oldham in 2001 or any of those linked to the London bombings had been to Islamic schools. An American Think Tank studied the educational back ground of 300 Jihadists; none of them were educated in Pakistani Madrasas. They were all Western educated by non-Muslim teachers. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models. A Cambridge University study found that single-sex classes could make a big difference for boys. They perform better in single-sex classes. The research is promising because male students in the study saw noticeable gains in the grades. The study confirms the Islamic notion that academic achievement is better in single-sex classes. Iftikhar Ahmad London School of Islamics Trust http://www.londonsch oolofislamics.org.uk Ifti
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3:50pm Wed 4 Jul 12

Tom Mosley says...

I see the racist Iftikhar is back again spouting his Islamic supremacist claptrap.
Anyway, in my book this is just another subtle way of trying to convert non Muslims. Get them to have 'fun' learning about Islam and step by step they become hooked.
I for one would not allow my child to go on one of these "educational visits" to have his head pumped full of Muslim propaganda. This is nothing short of attempted brainwashing of young children. The teachers and authorities that allow these practices (of school visits and learning about Islam by non Muslims) to take place should be ashamed.
I see the racist Iftikhar is back again spouting his Islamic supremacist claptrap. Anyway, in my book this is just another subtle way of trying to convert non Muslims. Get them to have 'fun' learning about Islam and step by step they become hooked. I for one would not allow my child to go on one of these "educational visits" to have his head pumped full of Muslim propaganda. This is nothing short of attempted brainwashing of young children. The teachers and authorities that allow these practices (of school visits and learning about Islam by non Muslims) to take place should be ashamed. Tom Mosley
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10:54am Thu 5 Jul 12

Imy1 says...

I disagree Tom. What is the harm in learning about a different religion. When i was younger i remember going to churches, temples and mosques to learn about other religions via school, never made me think about converting.

Ignorance of another religion is nothing to be proud of, if you bring your kids up with decent values and ethics, hopefully they will be bright enough to take in new knowledge new experiences and not necessarily be 'brainwashed'.

Considering these were school kids, what kind of muslim propaganda do you think they were shown? nutter taliban videos? death to the west speeches? Now im not denying for one second that in mosques this kind of propaganda is not shown, but considering these were kids i HIGHLY doubt they were shown 'propaganda' but then again your idea of propaganda will probably be different to mine.
I disagree Tom. What is the harm in learning about a different religion. When i was younger i remember going to churches, temples and mosques to learn about other religions via school, never made me think about converting. Ignorance of another religion is nothing to be proud of, if you bring your kids up with decent values and ethics, hopefully they will be bright enough to take in new knowledge new experiences and not necessarily be 'brainwashed'. Considering these were school kids, what kind of muslim propaganda do you think they were shown? nutter taliban videos? death to the west speeches? Now im not denying for one second that in mosques this kind of propaganda is not shown, but considering these were kids i HIGHLY doubt they were shown 'propaganda' but then again your idea of propaganda will probably be different to mine. Imy1
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1:41pm Thu 5 Jul 12

Tom Mosley says...

Are Muslim children allowed to(and more importantly get to visit) attend churches and synagogues to 'learn about another religion'? I doubt it.
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You don't need to visit a mosque and take part in 'interactive' games or whatever to learn about Islam.
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This is nothing more than a subtle casting the net exercise. Influence them at an early age brainwashing.
Are Muslim children allowed to(and more importantly get to visit) attend churches and synagogues to 'learn about another religion'? I doubt it. . You don't need to visit a mosque and take part in 'interactive' games or whatever to learn about Islam. . This is nothing more than a subtle casting the net exercise. Influence them at an early age brainwashing. Tom Mosley
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2:07pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Imy1 says...

As far as I know the local schools around where i live DO take children to see places of worship. Having said that my daughter has been to a church and came back home and said wow it was beautiful, and asked lots of questions :)

I do believe that parents have to give their consent and im sure some muslim parents say no, but i also know of alot of muslim children that have been to other religions place of worship.

Having said all the above, judging from your posts it doesnt really matter what I say, i think you will always see this as brainwashing.
As far as I know the local schools around where i live DO take children to see places of worship. Having said that my daughter has been to a church and came back home and said wow it was beautiful, and asked lots of questions :) I do believe that parents have to give their consent and im sure some muslim parents say no, but i also know of alot of muslim children that have been to other religions place of worship. Having said all the above, judging from your posts it doesnt really matter what I say, i think you will always see this as brainwashing. Imy1
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2:15pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Tom Mosley says...

I see it as brainwashing because it is. I learnt about other religions as part of my school's RE curriculum, and from associating with other people.
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To take children, non Muslim children, to a mosque and get them learning about Islam in a so called 'fun and interactive' way is not something I would recommend to any responsible parent.
I see it as brainwashing because it is. I learnt about other religions as part of my school's RE curriculum, and from associating with other people. . To take children, non Muslim children, to a mosque and get them learning about Islam in a so called 'fun and interactive' way is not something I would recommend to any responsible parent. Tom Mosley
  • Score: 1

3:47pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Imy1 says...

The lets agree to disagree.
The lets agree to disagree. Imy1
  • Score: 0

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