Schoolboys punished for refusing to kneel in class and pray to Allah

Two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and ‘pray to Allah’ during a religious education lesson.

Parents were outraged that the two boys from year seven (11 to 12-year-olds) were punished for not wanting to take part in the practical demonstration of how Allah is worshipped.

They said forcing their children to take part in the exercise at Alsager High School, near Stoke-on-Trent – which included wearing Muslim headgear – was a breach of their human rights.

Alsager School

Alsager School, near Stoke, has received furious complaints from parents after two Year 7 boys were punished for refusing to kneel to Allah during a religious studies class

One parent, Sharon Luinen, said: “This isn’t right, it’s taking things too far.

“I understand that they have to learn about other religions. I can live with that but it is taking it a step too far to be punished because they wouldn’t join in Muslim prayer.

“Making them pray to Allah, who isn’t who they worship, is wrong and what got me is that they were told they were being disrespectful.

“I don’t want this to look as if I have a problem with the school because I am generally very happy with it.”

Another parent Karen Williams said: “I am absolutely furious my daughter was made to take part in it and I don’t find it acceptable.

“I haven’t got a problem with them teaching my child other religions and a small amount of information doesn’t do any harm.

“But not only did they have to pray, the teacher had gone into the class and made them watch a short film and then said ‘we are now going out to pray to Allah’.

“Then two boys got detention and all the other children missed their refreshment break because of the teacher.

“Not only was it forced upon them, my daughter was told off for not doing it right.

“They’d never done it before and they were supposed to do it in another language.”

“My child has been forced to pray to Allah in a school lesson.” The grandfather of one of the pupils in the class said: “It’s absolutely disgusting, there’s no other way of putting it.

“My daughter and a lot of other mothers are furious about their children being made to kneel on the floor and pray to Islam. If they didn’t do it they were given detention.

“I am not racist, I’ve been friendly with an Indian for 30 years. I’ve also been to a Muslim wedding where it was explained to me that alcohol would not be served and I respected that.

“But if Muslims were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion there would be war.”

Parents said that their children were made to bend down on their knees on prayer mats which the RE teacher had got out of her cupboard and they were also told to wear Islamic headgear during the lesson on Tuesday afternoon.

Deputy headmaster Keith Plant said: “It’s difficult to know at the moment whether this was part of the curriculum or not. I am not an RE teacher, I am an English teacher.

“At the moment it is our enterprise week and many of our members of staff are away.

“The particular member of staff you need to speak to isn’t around. I think that it is a shame that so many parents have got in touch with the Press before coming to me.

“I have spoken to the teacher and she has articulately given me her version of events, but that is all I can give you at the moment.”

A statement from Cheshire County Council on behalf of the school read: “The headteacher David Black contacted this authority immediately complaints were received.

“Enquiries are being made into the circumstances as a matter of urgency and all parents will be informed accordingly.

“Educating children in the beliefs of different faith is part of the diversity curriculum on the basis that knowledge is essential to understanding.

“We accept that such teaching is to be conducted with some sense of sensitivity.”

I find this act quite disgusting. For a secular public school to force students to worship a religion whom they do not agree with is a basic breach of their right to freedom of religion. To coerce someone for fear of reprimand to pray to Allah has no place anywhere in the world. Whether the country be officially Muslim or secular.

Freedom to worship the God of your choice, or no god should never be breached. It is as simple as that. There is no possible way I can see this school justifying such an act.

I feel sorry for the children who have committed a sin in the eyes of their own religion by being forced to pray to the creation of a 7th Century War Lord and murderer.

I congratulate the parents for taking the initiative to complain about such an abhorrent act. And I agree with one claim in particular – if someone forced Muslim students to take Holy Communion and pray to the Christian Trinity how would Muslims react?

They react over a picture of a cute puppy with complaints and simple cartoons with riots and other acts of violence. I would expect much more if this was to happen.

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New Amazing Numerical Findings in the Quran

There is a myth that is widely accepted by Muslims that the Quran contains dozens of what they call ‘numerical miracles’. According to the myth, the number of times the Quran mentions certain words carries special significance. Muslims believe that the abundance of such interesting patterns in the Quran cannot possibly happen by chance and must be a miracle. The myth is fairly new; in fact it is a computer based myth because it only came to light after the computers became widely available to Muslims. It is remarkable that whenever Muslims meet a new technology, it becomes a priority for them to adapt it to have a useful Islamic application. They have a long track record to support such a salient observation. The following are a few examples:

  • When Muslims had access to printing machines, a few centuries ago, the first priority was to print the Quran.
  • When Muslims had access to watches, the first priority was to ask the manufacturers toAzan Watch adapt them for Islamic use by adding an azan (call for prayer) facility.
  • When Muslims had access to loud speakers, the first priority was to use them day and night for azan, prayers and recitations of the Quran.
  • When Muslims had access to modern compasses, they asked the manufacturers to customize them to display the qibla(Mecca direction).
  • When Muslims had access to mobile phones, the first priority was to ask the manufacturers to adapt them to play the azan (call for prayers) on time.
  • When Muslims had access to radio and television broadcasting, they employed them to broadcast the Quran and other Islamic material.
  • When Muslims had access to medical research, they employed it to prove the accuracy of the so-called prophetic medicine, which advocates healing through reading some verses from the Quran and drinking a glass of camel’s urine.
  • When Muslims learned about the science of geology, they used it to prove that Mecca is at the center of the earth.

Therefore, it was only natural that when Muslims had access to computers and word processing softwares, their priority was to apply it to the Quran for the purpose of digging out some new miracles.

The Background

Rashad Khalifa Few decades ago, Rashad Khalifa, who was an American Muslim and founder of the Submission sect , claimed that the Quran is based on the number 19. Khalifa used complex calculations to claim that the Quranic verses, suras and letters have some kind of connection, no matter how remote, with the number 19. Despite the weird and confusing methods used in Khalifa’s deceitful work, the numbers did not add up. He even decided to remove some verses from the Quran in his frantic attempts to support his claim. With no regard for the Ummah’s sensitivity and the rage Rashad Khalifa removed verses 9:128 and 9:129 from the Quran. Khalifa became so obsessed with his theory that he eventually claimed that his own name was encrypted in the Quran as a messenger from Allah. He was killed shortly after that, of course by other Muslims.

Here are a few verses where he has inserted his name:

[25:56] .We have sent you (Rashad) as a deliverer of good news, as well as a warner
[36:3] Most assuredly, you (Rashad) are one of the messengers.
[42:24] Are they saying, “He (Rashad) has fabricated lies about GOD!”? If GOD willed, He could have sealed your mind, but GOD erases the falsehood and affirms the truth with His words. He is fully aware of the innermost thoughts.
[81:22] Your friend (Rashad) is not crazy.

When computers became widely available, more Muslims indulged in a frenzy of discovering interesting patterns in the Quran. The abundant Arab oil money encouraged any work on anything that remotely suggests a scientific miracle in the Quran. Without any peer review, such works are always welcome for publication in the Islamic press. Currently, there are dozens of such claims that are considered by Muslims to be coded signals from Allah to help them believe in the divinity of the Quran.

This is how the deception works:

The Muslim’s strategy in claiming a miracle in the Quran is to overwhelm and confuse the reader. When Muslim scholars write about a scientific miracle in the Quran, they start by haranguing the reader with many scientific details that neither the readers nor the writers understand, but it gives the impression that there is some serious science involved in this Islamic stuff. The lengthy scientific introduction prepares the Islamic brain to accept whatever they will claim next. In the case of numerical miracles, the Muslim scholars do not publish one claim at a time, but dozens of them in a long list, such as:

The word yum (day) is repeated 365 times
The word shahar (month) is repeated 12 times
The word malayka (angels) is repeated 88 times, on the other hand, the word Shaytan (Satan) is repeated 88 times.
The word hayat (life) is repeated 145 times, on the other hand, the word Mawt (death) is repeated 145 times
The word bihar (seas) mentioned 32 times, while barr(land) mentioned 13 times. This ratio of 32: 13 is the ratio of surface area of seas to that of land.
And so on…Numerical Miracles

The list may go on for pages and is designed to stun the reader. The length of the list intimidates the besieged reader from investigating any of the claims, because even with the assumption that some of the claims were incorrect, still there are too many of them to be explained on the basis of coincidence alone. It would never occur to the readers that most, if not all, of such claims are false. The errors are not the result of innocent mistakes in counting but are deliberate fabrication by those Muslims who make or propagate the claims to mislead their readers. Whenever those Muslims are reminded that their numbers are wrong they never apologize, but try all means to justify their count.

Investigating any of the above claims can be a very tricky exercise. The Arabic language is probably the most difficult when it comes to word search. In Arabic, the same word can come in different forms, which is all controlled by the Arabic grammar. For example, the word yum (Arabic for day), in the first example in the above list, may appear in many other forms with no difference in the meaning. The word yum may appear as alyum, yamun, yawman, yawmin, yawmikum, yawmihum, biyawmin, biyawmihim, and many more! Therefore, performing word search/ word count in Arabic requires some fluency in the language. There are few computer programs available to help in this task but they do not always give the same results. The most accurate way to count is to read the whole Quran every time you want to count a word, but no Muslims bother to do that in the presence of computers. However, the major trick in Arabic word counting is to choose the forms of the word that you like to include in your count. In the case of the word yum in the above example, missing one or two forms of the word can make all the difference without being noticed.

All the claims in the above list are wrong. Depending on the forms of the word yum you include in your count, you can get results ranging from 3 to 385, in the case of the word shahar (month) you get results ranging from 8 to 18. As to the counts of the word malayka (angels) and the word Shaytan (Satan) both counts are wrong, the word shaytan is repeated 77 times while the word malayka is repeated only 44 times. The Islamic claim that the mentioning of the words bihar (seas) and barr(land) comes in a ratio of 32:13, which is the ratio of surface area of seas to that of land,  is also a completely false claim. The word bihar is actually mentioned 41 times in the Quran, not 32.

I am afraid the Islamic claim of a coded signal in the Quran to prove its divinity is nothing more than a damning proof of Muslims’ fraudulence. It is also laughable to imagine how Allah would tell off the unbelievers, according to the Islamic beliefs, on the judgment day. He would say to them “ didn’t you notice that I mentioned the words seas and land in the ratio of 32:13?”

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Oh! These small miracles of Allah!!! If you belive in this you can easily belive in ANY numerical miracles.

Many of the Muslims who actively propagate claims similar to the above, never actually check the numbers for themselves; their job is merely to copy and paste somebody else’s work. Probably they were stunned when they read the numbers for first time and expect others to be equally astounded by the findings. They naively think they have unearthed a treasure of science and mathematics. Nothing can be more disappointing to them than being told its all fake!

The numerical patterns in the Quran are no more frequent and no more interesting than in any other book of the same size. It is useless to debate such issues with Muslims, and it is a waste of time to investigate the claims they make. However, as I was busy performing the above word counts for the sake of this article, I stumbled upon some other interesting numerical findings, which Muslims can add to their collection of miracles.
Fly piggie, fly!!
The first finding is that the name Mohammed is mentioned four times in the Quran. This is not a computer finding, but an unquestionable fact known to Muslims for centuries. There is also another name that is mentioned four times in the Quran and it happens to be the name of the most hated animal in Islam. Yes you guessed it, it is khanzeer, the Arabic name for pigs! Does it get any more interesting? Yes it does, as more word search reveals an interesting word that is also repeated four times in the Quran and it is the Arabic word kazzab(liar). Can this happen by chance? Mohammed, pig, liar- or was it meant to be Mohammed big liar?  subhan allah!

The second interesting finding is to look at the number of times Mohammed’s titles, that is Rasul and Nabi, were mentioned in the Quran. The word rasul(messenger) is mentioned twice, the other form of the word al rasul (the messenger) is mentioned 45 times. The word nabi( prophet) is mentioned seven times and the other form of the word al nabi ( the prophet) is mentioned thirty times. The total number of mentioning Mohammed’s titles is 84 times. On the other hand, the number of times the following words are mentioned in the Quran is also 84 times: kazzaba (25 times), iftarahu (7 times), iftara (14 times)(all of which mean lied), kazzab (4 times), affak (2 times) ( all of which mean liar), majnun (6 times)( means mad), saher (7 times), asharr (2 times), atheem(5 times), muatadi (3 times), mureeb (7 times), zalim (2 times)(all of which are evil descriptions). Subhana allah!

Here is the details of Allah’s number miracle:

Mohammed(4):     3:144, 3:40, 47:2, 48:29
Pigs(4):        2:173, 5:3, 16: 115, 5:60 plural
Kazzab(4):        38:4, 40:24, 40:28, 54:25
Kazzba (25):     3:184, 6:21, 6:148, 6:157, 7:37, 10:17, 10:39, 12:18, 15:80, 17:59, 20: 48, 25:11, 26:176, 29:18, 29:68, 35:25, 38:14, 39:25, 39:32, 50: 14, 53:11, 67:18, 75:32, 92:16, 96:13.
Iftarahu (7):    10: 38, 11:13, 11:35, 21:5, 25:4, 32:3, 46:8
Iftara (14):     3:94, 4:48, 6:21, 6:93, 6:144, 7:37, 10:17, 11:18, 18:15, 20:61, 23:38, 29:68, 42:24, 61:7.
Affak (2):    26:222, 45:7
Majnun (6):    37:36, 44:14, 51:39, 51:52, 52:29, 54:9.
Saher (7):    7:112, 10:79, 20:69, 38:4, 40:24, 51:39, 51:52.
Asharr(2):    54:25, 72:10.
Atheem(5):    2:276, 26:222, 45:7, 68:12, 83:12.

Mutadi(3):    50:25, 68:12, 83:12.
Mureeb (7):    11:68, 11:110, 14:9, 34:54, 41:45, 42:14, 50:25.
Zalim(2):    18:35, 35:32.

Source: http://islammonitor.org
This article represents the views of its orignal writers and not necessarily those of Islamoscope.wordpress.com

London Demonstrations (Old yet still chilling)

The lost history of the Crusades

Western guilt over, and apologies for, the Crusades ignores one crucial fact: The West actually lost
Robert Sibley
The Ottawa Citizen

Thousand-year-old events don’t usually make headlines. But when U.S. President George W. Bush used the word “crusade” to describe the campaign against Islamist terrorism, suddenly an ancient conflict became a hot-button topic.

The president was accused of being insensitive to Muslim sensibilities, even though the Islamists readily denounce western “crusaders” and their Zionist puppets. Indeed, long before the terrorist strikes on 9/11, al-Qaeda leaders issued a declaration of war against “the Jews and Crusaders.” More recently, Pope Benedict XVI was accused of trying to “revive the mentality of the Crusades” after he gave a speech questioning Islam’s propensity for violence. Last month, in another live-from-his-hole-in-the-ground video, Osama bin Laden said the republication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad “came in the framework of a new Crusade in which the Pope of the Vatican has played a large, lengthy role.”

This is standard fare in the Muslim world. What is perhaps surprising is how many westerners buy into this historical myth.

In January, after John Manley delivered his panel’s report on what he thought Canada should do about its military mission in Afghanistan, Green Party leader Elizabeth May issued a press statement saying: “The Manley report fails to consider that the recommendation of more ISAF forces from a Christian/crusader heritage will continue to fuel an insurgency that has been framed as a ‘jihad.’ This, in turn, may feed the recruitment of suicide bombers and other insurgents.”

Like many postmodern westerners, the politician suffers from a peculiar psychic disturbance — western-guilt syndrome — that regards the history of the West as an unmitigated horror show of slaughter, conquest and imperialistic domination. The Crusades are cast as among the darkest of dark episodes in the history of European civilization.

Too bad it’s wrong.

“The crusades are quite possibly the most misunderstood event n European history,” says historian Thomas Madden. “The Crusades were in every way a defensive war. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression — an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.”

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The West may now dominate the Islamic world, but that has only been the case since the late 18th century, when a young general, Napoleon Bonaparte, conquered Egypt and temporarily imposed French rule. This initial European penetration into one of the heartlands of Islam was “a terrible shock” to Muslims, says historian Bernard Lewis. Until then, they had thought of themselves as the victors in the Crusades.

That assumption is understandable. Muslim rulers held the preponderance of power as far as Europe was concerned until the 17th century and had done so, more or less, since the Prophet Muhammad issued Islam’s initial declaration of war against other religious faiths in the seventh century. The Prophet wrote the Christian Byzantine emperor and the Sassanid emperor of Persia to suggest they surrender to his rule because, well, their day was done. “I have now brought God’s final message,” the Prophet declared. “Your time has passed. Your beliefs are superceded. Accept my mission and my faith or resign or submit … you are finished.”

This claim propelled the armies of Islam to take on the rest of the world. Muslim armies charged out of the Arabian Peninsula to conquer Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt — all of which, as part of the late Roman Empire, were officially Christian. By the eighth century, Christian North Africa was under Muslim control. Islam soon swept into Europe, grabbing Spain, Portugal and southern Italy. In the 11th century, the Seljuk Turks conquered much of Asia Minor, or Turkey.

Christian Europe certainly fought back. In the eighth century, campaigns to recover the Iberian peninsula began, but it wasn’t until the end of the 15th century that the Reconquista swept Islam out of Spain and Portugal. Other counterattacks were made, the most famous of which were the war-pilgrimages known as the Crusades.

In 1095, Pope Urban II called for he First Crusade. He urged Europeans to aid fellow Christians who were being slaughtered by Muslims. “They (the Muslim Turks) have invaded the lands of those Christians and have depopulated them by the sword, pillage and fire; they have lead away a part of the captives into their own country, and a part they have destroyed by cruel tortures.”

The Crusader army marched deep into enemy territory to reclaim the ancient Christian cities of Nicaea and Antioch, and on July 15, 1099, Jerusalem. Admittedly it wasn’t a pleasant reclamation. As was standard practice when a city resisted, much of population was slaughtered. That, however, doesn’t mean the threat to which the Crusades were a response wasn’t real.

The Crusades, says Madden, were a response “to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam.”

Unfortunately, subsequent Crusades over the next three centuries weren’t as successful. By the end of the 13th century, the Christian Crusaders had been chased from the Middle East. From then on the concern was no longer about reclaiming Christian homelands, but about saving Europe.

In 1453, Muslims captured the capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople (or Istanbul, as it is now known). In the late 15th century, Rome was evacuated when Muslim armies landed at Otranto in an unsuccessful invasion of Italy. By the 16th century, the Ottoman Turk empire stretched from North Africa and Arabia to the Near East and Asia Minor. They penetrated deep into Europe, conquering Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Albania, Croatia and Serbia. In 1529, the Ottomans laid siege to Vienna. Luckily for Europe, the siege failed; otherwise the door to Germany would have been open. It wasn’t until 1572, when the Catholic Holy League defeated the Ottoman fleet at Lepanto, that Islam’s threat to the West finally ended, at least until the late 20th century when the doors to Europe were once again opened to Muslims.

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Islam unquestionably won the Crusades, even though Europe was ultimately able to reassert itself and dominate the world. The reasons for this success are much debated, but it’s reasonable to conclude that the West won the war of ideas. Notions of individualism and freedom, capitalism and technology, and, most of all, the West’s turn from theology to science, carried the day. Religion became in the West an essentially private concern. It is on this “modern” turn that the anti-Crusade attitude developed.

During the Protestant Reformation, when the authority of the Catholic church was under attack, the Crusades began to be regarded as a ploy by power-hungry popes and land-hungry aristocrats. This judgment was extended by the Enlightenment philosophes, who used the Crusades as a cudgel with which to beat the church. The Enlightenment view of the Crusades still holds sway. After the Second World War, with western intellectuals feeling guilty about imperialism and European politicians desperate to abandon colonial responsibilities, the Crusades became intellectually unfashionable.

Historian Steven Runciman reflected this attitude in his three-volume study, A History of the Crusades, published in the early 1950s. He cast the Crusades as “morally repugnant acts of intolerance in the name of God,” says Madden. “Almost single-handedly Runciman managed to define the modern popular view of the Crusades.”

The western-guilt syndrome was displayed on July 15, 1999, when a group marked the 900th anniversary of the fall of Jerusalem to the Crusaders by parading around the walls of the city to apologize on behalf of Christianity to the Muslim world. It was an act of ignorance. Historian Jonathan Riley-Smith says, “The apologizers were only showing that they did not comprehend the Muslim view of the crusades (which made their conciliatory gesture empty), and did not understand history (which made their act of contrition pointless).”

This ignorance is so pervasive that many westerners no longer think it necessary for soldiers to stand watch on the frontiers of the West. Even more worrisome, though, is that Muslim leaders recognize the western-guilt syndrome and are only too willing to take advantage of it.

In May 2006, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent an open letter to President Bush. Many interpreted the letter as evidence of Iran’s desire for better relations. Only a few noticed the closing paragraphs in which the Iranian leader dismissed liberal securalism as a failed ideal. “Liberalism and Western style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity,” he said. “Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and the fall of the ideology and thoughts of the Liberal democratic systems. We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a main focal point — that is the Almighty God. … Whether we like it or not, the world is gravitating towards faith in the Almighty and justice and the will of God will prevail over all things.”

The New York Sun’s editorial board pointed out that the letter concluded with a traditional phrase that Muhammad used in his letters to the Byzantine and Sassanid emperors. The editors translated this phrase (Vasalam Ala Man Ataba’al hoda) as “peace only unto those who follow the true path.” In other words, the president of Iran, like Muhammad before him, believes only Muslims are deserving of peace.

The Crusades, it seems, are being rejoined. Only this time Islam will have nuclear weapons.

Robert Sibley is senior writer for the Citizen.

Sources for this essay include:

Bernard Lewis, “The 2007 Irving Kristol Lecture,” American Enterprise Institute, March 7, 2007.

Thomas

Madden,

The New

Concise History of the Crusades, 2005;

“Crusades,”

Encyclopedia Britannica; “The Real History of the Crusades,” Crisis Magazine, April, 2002; “Crusade

Propaganda,” National Review, Nov. 2, 2001.

Jonathan Riley-Smith,

“Rethinking the Crusades,” First Things, March 2000; and, as editor,

The Oxford

Illustrated History of the Crusades, 1995.

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Fitna The Movie

The film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders has finally been released online and has had the interesting reception expected.

A dedicated page is now available.

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