UK: Islamic school promoting extremism rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted

School stocked library books with 'Don't make the Jews and the Christians your friends' on page one

A private Islamic school that had 'extremist' library books on how to help the Taliban with 'Don't make the Jews and the Christians your friends' on page one has been rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted. 

The book at Jamia Islamia Birmingham also supported the creation of an Islamic State, while others contained 'misogynistic messages' and condoned the use of the cane as physical punishment. 

Ofsted concluded the literature was 'actively undermining fundamental British values' and handed it the lowest possible rating - a step down from an inspection in 2017 which said it 'requires improvement'.

School leaders said they were not aware of the books, even though they were marked with the institution's logo

The book on avoiding befriending Jews and Christians listed a series of aims including ‘To help the Taliban government in the accomplishment of enforcement of Sharia in Afghanistan’ and ‘To struggle for the creation of Islamic states in which the Islamic canons will enforced'.

As well as the 'extremist' books, similar works were freely available to the 132 boys aged 11 to 19 who attend the £1,800-a-year school in Sparkbrook, Birmingham. 

School leaders said they were not aware of the books, even though they were marked with the institution's logo, the Ofsted report said.

A school spokesperson said: 'We have been surprised by the books uncovered by Ofsted and steps are in place to have them tracked down and removed from the library.' 

'They could have been part of a donation made to the library 18 years ago.'

Author's comment: If 'inadequate' is the lowest rating, maybe Ofsted should consider a new 'lowest rating' category such as 'bulldoze to the ground immediately and consecrate the entire ground with pork fat to prevent any chance of it happening again.'

Having said that, the Ofsted inspectors shouldn't have been surprised - the command not to take Christians or Jews as friends comes straight from the Koran (5:51) and is by no means extremist.

The Koran is full of invective against Christians and Jews and such statements are unremarkable - not to mention considered to be mainstream Islamic teaching by all four schools of Sunni jurisprudence.

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