The civilizational jihad being waged in schools across the U.S. is very active. Just this weekend we posted, Illinois School District adding Muslim holiday, considers dropping Veterans & Presidents Days.
In Maryland, the Muslim Brotherhood-founded Muslim Student Association is now on high school campuses, performing dawah and spreading sharia. One of their victories, with the help of terror-linked CAIR, is convincing the school to use the library as a mosque for daily prayers.
via Praying By the Rules or as Halal Porkshop titled it, h/t, HOW CAIR LAWYERS & MSA CONVINCED MARYLAND SCHOOL TO ALLOW PRAYER IN SCHOOL
When the parents of Hayat and Habeeb Marso chose to send her two sons to Parkdale High School in Riverdale, MD after they had completed memorizing the entire Qur’an at Dar-us-Salaam’s full-time hifdz school in College Park, she wasn’t worried.
It was tough leaving beloved teachers, but their training at Dar-us-Salaam had made them strong enough to handle public school. Hayat and Habeeb Marso are actively involved in the Muslim Student Association of their new school. Their principal, Cheryl Logan turns to Hayat for advice on Muslim issues.
A major issue of concern for many Muslims is being able to offer their daily prayers, and prayer in public school has always been an ‘issue’. A lot of parents at Parkdale are frustrated that their kids cannot pray in school.
“We got into major trouble last year as we were hiding and praying in congregation,” Hayat says as he soberly wraps up the leopard print prayer rug in his family’s prayer room. Last year, the principal, Cheryl Logan told the students that they could not pray in congregation..
At a recent bullying seminar hosted by CAIR at Dar-us-Salaam, Hayat consulted with Todd Gallagher, an attorney with CAIR. Habeeb also spoke with a local lawyer to learn more about the laws. As the MSA President who will graduate in May, Hayat maintains that it is his responsibility to pave the way for students who will follow him.
It’s not that students of any faith can’t pray in school, no matter what the general public thinks. They can. And Muslim students do, in empty classrooms, under stairwells, and library corners. They just can’t do it with the support of the school, because that’s a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
What this means is that the school administration cannot lead prayers or mandate that students attend prayer.
The ruling according to the First Amendment Center “requires that teachers and administrators neither promote nor denigrate religion — a commitment to state neutrality that protects the religious freedom of students of all faiths and no faith.”
The U.S. Supreme Court banned official prayers in public schools, but religion is not taboo in schools. That’s because the same First Amendment that separates church and state also gives students like the Marsos the right to freely practice their faith.
Abdul Karim Taufique is the MSA Vice-President at Roosevelt High School in the same school district. He says that they have no issues with holding salah at school. Since they follow a different period system, student can easily pray at lunch time. They host Friday prayers after classes, where he delivers the Khutbah.“There is no process. The Principal gave permission so anyone can pray in the library media room,” says Abdul-Karim.
“We cannot have daily congregational salah after classes at Parkdale, as there is not enough time and we will miss our bus home and our lunch schedule is such that some students have lunch before Dhuhr time starts,” says Hayat.
“Ms. Logan needs to prepare for an increase in Muslim students coming to her school,” says Afeefa Marso, Hayat and Habeeb’s mother. With Dar-us-Salaam and its K-12 Al-Huda School set to relocate to Howard County after this school year, there will be a vacuum and “those area residents who cannot move or send their children to the future Dar us Salam campus in Cookesville, will look for options such as the local high schools.” Arabic as a foreign language and the International Baccalaureate program makes Parkdale a viable option for some parents.
As the MSA President who will graduate in May, Hayat maintains that it is his responsibility to pave the way for students who will follow him.
So instead of making it a public issue, Hayat and the Parkdale MSA decided to continue the gentle and diplomatic approach. The MSA invited parents and Principal Logan to an MSA meeting and they discussed the process of getting permission to pray in congregation for Dhuhr salah. Principal Logan said she would need to see report cards and good behavior. But 4 weeks passed without results.
Hayat and his peer’s parents continue emailing their requests and recently have convinced the administration.
“Requests for prayers are done by parents of students, not by organizations. This ensures that the parent is aware that the student has made a request. To date the ones that have been requested have all been granted,” says Cheryl Logan, the principal of Parkdale High School in an email to the Muslim Link.
All parents who had given written permission received this good news on January 13, 2013. On Monday, January 14, 2013, students will be directed to a location to pray Dhuhr prayer in jam’ah from 12:45 to 1:00. They will be excused from class 10 minutes early so that they can fulfill this obligation.
Rules for Muslims, and rules for everyone else. Read it all and prepare to have your public school library converted into a mosque.
More on the Muslim Brotherhood-founded Muslim Student Association (MSA) here.
Founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, MSA was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum as one of the Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends” who shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These ”friends” were described by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”
In its earliest days, MSA was financed largely by Saudi Arabia. In return, says a February 2008 New York Times piece, the organization’s leaders “pushed the kingdom’s puritan, Wahhabi strain of Islam.”
Is Principal Cheryl Logan aware of who the MSA is?