Ofsted inspectors find extremist books at Birmingham Islamic school

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Ofsted has rated an independent Islamic boys' school 'inadequate' after inspectors found books in its library that 'promote extremist views' and intolerance towards other faiths.

Inspectors rated Jamia Islamia Birmingham as 'inadequate' - a lower rating than its previous inspection in 2017, when it was rated as 'requires improvement'.

The report says that inspectors found books with extremist content in the school library, with one book setting out a series of aims that included... 'To struggle for the creation of Islamic states in which the Islamic canons will enforced... .'

On the front page of this book were the words 'Don't make the Jews and the Christians your friends.'

School leaders claimed to be unaware of the books, even though they were stamped with the school's name.

Ofsted inspectors currently use this grading scale for schools:

grade 1: outstanding
grade 2: good
grade 3: requires improvement
grade 4: inadequate

For schools propagating extremism, 'grade 4: inadequate' seems, well, inadequate; therefore, we'd like to see the following additions to the scale:

grade 5: extremist, needs monitoring
grade 6: close it down

Jamia Islamia says that all extremist literature has now been removed.

However, it is suspected that copies of a deeply problematic book remain in the school's library, a book containing the following passages:

'Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority.'

'And when you (Muslims) travel in the land, there is no sin on you if you shorten your Salat (prayer) if you fear that the disbelievers may attack you, verily, the disbelievers are ever unto you open enemies.'

'(Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels... "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them."'


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