Spain To Teach Koran In Schools ‘To Counter Islamic Extremism’

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Al Hambra palace in Granada, Spain

Source: Britbrat, London

By Liam Deacon

Spanish schools plan to “tackle extremism” by segregating Muslim students and teaching them more about the Koran and Islam, according to new government guidelines.

Critics say the guidelines — which suggest the teaching of many aspects of Islamic doctrine, culture and history — will discourage Westernisation and integration, which are better ideals to promote in order to counter Islamic extremism.

The government quietly published the new guidelines for tax payer funded Islamic curriculums in public pre schools, primary schools and secondary schools in the official state gazette (Boletín Oficial del Estado) on March 18.

According to translations by the Gatestone Institute, in primary schools (ages 6-12), the guidelines call for children to, “recognise Mohammed as the final prophet sent by Allah and accept him as the most important.”

They also encourage students to, “recognise Mohammed as the final prophet sent by Allah and accept him as the most important”, and, “recognise that the Koran is a guide for all of humanity.”

The government says they will promote a “moderate” reinterpretation of Islam based on coexistence, diversity, equality and human rights.

However, they have agreed to allow local Muslim organisations to draft the course, choose textbooks, and even influence who teaches them. This could leave schools open to entryism by Spain’s active Muslim Brotherhood factions and other Islamists.

According to the guidelines, Muslim students will be allowed to opt for an hour of Islamic religion studies, where they will segregate from their Christian classmates.

The guidelines, therefore, could result in, “stirring religious fervor and promoting Islamic identity among young Muslims in Spain”, suggested Soeren Kern, an analyst for European politics.

Mr. Kern also suggested the guidelines amount to “a full-fledged Islamic studies curriculum at public schools nationwide” which could lead to more radicalisation.

Others, too, have suggested that less Islam rather than more is the way to promote human rights and Western values – pointing to the 100 plus references to killing infidels in the Quran and the prophet Muhammad’s bloody example.

The guidelines could even be interpreted as promoting Islamic conversion over integration and the preservation of Spain’s Christian and (short) democratic history.

The demand pre school children (ages 3- 6) are to learn the Islamic profession of faith, the Shahada, which asserts that “there is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger.” The Shahada being the way one becomes a Muslim, by repeating it three times in front of a witness.

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4 replies

  1. What this appears to me to be is that the Spanish government are taking over the religious teaching of muslim children so that they can ensure that it is not polluted by extremist ideologies. This is the Spanish government saying “we simply can’t trust muslims to teach their children a neutralised version of Islam”

    Looks like they won’t be bothering to teach the Muslim Times version of islam in which anyone can be a prophet!,

  2. With all the best will in the what Muslims do NOT need is yet more segregation.
    If one set of children are taken away to study one subject whilst another studies a different one it will just highlight and emphasise differences and create others.
    I understand that Spain is a Catholic country and has one of the higher churches attendances in Europe. It also has a much closer association with Islam through it’s Moorish history.
    If they are going to teach the Qur’an at school then it should be extra curricula in the same way attending classes at the Mosque would be. Islam as well as all other religions should be taught to all pupils as part of normal lessons

  3. Laim deacon pronaunce kalimatu shahada once with full believe in it make u a muslim. Acording to spain government new policy to teach islam in school is the best move europe ever make to counter terrorist, seggregation of pupils is the side effect of the policy as jesum1466 highlight. Qur an is a knowledge every one need to read just like any books. Dividing the pupils to teach them different things will indicate there differences and resulted in hatred the killing is still there.

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