Maryland: Muslims excused from class early for daily prayers in public school library

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.

Praying By the Rules

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.

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”[1] 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?

Flashback 2008:

39 thoughts on “Maryland: Muslims excused from class early for daily prayers in public school library

    • Your obviously a very ignorant person. These kids are working hard and all everyone can do is ridicule them. There trying to make a difference, isn’t that what America was built on. Join together, stop fighting with yourself. We are going no where, only deeper into the hole and china is going to take over us. and forged sakes stop reading everything on the Internet and believing it, read a damn book you ignorant Americans.

      • I’m far less worried about China than the Islamsts. The Muslim Brotherhood, of which the MSA is a part, has vowed to “sabotage the West from within.”

        Frankly, Billybob, your post reflects your profound ignorance of the Brotherhood and the MSA. And you know it!

      • You ignorant Americans. Does that mean you are not an American. The Koran states that if a Muslim cannot do his normal daily prayers because he lives in a non-Muslim country, then he can defer his prayer to later. The only ignorance that I see is of the Dean to allow Islamic prayer on campus. It was after all the teaching establishment that determined to remove Christian prayers from schools due to secularism, but Islam gets a pass. That is hypocrisy. The Dean needs to rethink her policy.

      • If you muslim barbarians have your way there will be no books to read. In any case, in the entire muslim world, (about one and a half billion) only 56% of you people (?) are literate; no wonder you hate the Jews so much, they are so successful, and have given the world so much.

        What have you muslims given humanity?…………..NOTHING.

      • Christians are ceding told that they can’t wear religious attire/jewelry. Christian students have historically been told that they cannot congregate to pray. Now we allow enemies of Christianity the opportunity to assemble and pray, and even be allowed to leave EARLY for their religious obligations?!? How about that “separation of church and state” that atheists scream about?!? Where are these morons now? Ban on religion should be a ban on ALL religion in schools. I’m pissed over the ban removing God from schools, but apparently the Muslim god Mohammad and Allah is permitted??? Does anyone else see the bullshit here?

      • Billy bob, go back to you urine colored sand coon land before you go too far. One day the American people will have had all the can take and rise up. You don’t want to be here when that happens.. Ask the British, They will explain it to you…..

  1. This journalist does not seem to know the court cases where Christians were prohibited specifically from doing this exact same thing — students who wanted to pray with like minded students without endorsement or support by the school were prohibited from doing so because it gave the impression of an official sanction of religion by the schools.

  2. And the Christian student get to pray and be excused from class when? Oh I’m sorry- Christian students have to sue to have a Christian student association or bible club but evidently all the Muslim students have to do is threaten. That one kid looks like he is already a radical or at least in training.

  3. A student from Hunter College in NY made a video. In it he explained that the Muslim Student Association was indoctrinating students and then convincing them to attend a nearby mosque where they proclaimed jihard against non Muslims. This student, Vincent Bruno Otareo, tried several times to convince members of the faculty to disband the MSA, but they ignored his first hand knowledge. This video can be seen here on this website from last week. It’s worth watching if you are like Billybob, an ignorant pacifist.

  4. Why is FOX News not asking about the direct connection of CAIR to the Saudi Arabian funded Muslim World League (MWL)? It is extremely disingenuous not to point out the direct financial and logistical connections between the Muslim World League and CAIR’s efforts at the local level to act as a cultural and religious Trojan horse in American communities by constructing Wahabi sectarian mosques. This is the moral equivalent of allowing the Aryan Nation to open a local church and then claming that it will not foster anti-Semitism or racism in the community.
    In September 2005, the State Department again designated Saudi Arabia as a “Country of Particular Concern” under the International Religious Freedom Act “for particularly severe violations of religious freedom.”
    Saudi Arabia officially permits the dissemination of MWL’s (and by definition CAIR) propaganda, which is often radical and vehemently anti-American.
    MWL and its subsidiaries is a primary tool for disseminating Wahhabi ideology worldwide. Wahhabi doctrine is exclusionary and extremist, the fear is that Wahhabi doctrine and institutions could serve as gateways to more violent organizations.
    It is widely acknowledged that the Saudi government, as well as wealthy Saudi individuals, have supported the spread of the Wahhabist form of Islam in several Muslim countries and in the West.
    Saudi funding of mosques, madrasas, and charities, some of which have been linked to terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda, has raised concern that Wahhabi Islam has been used by militants who tailor this ideology to suit their political goals and who rely on Saudi donations to support their aspirations.
    MWL and CAIR target areas specifically considered promising for further Islamisation, (by building local mosques)
    Some have argued that this proselyting has promoted terrorism and has spawned Islamic militancy throughout the world.
    Wahhabism has shaped the Saudi educational structure, and Saudi schoolbooks generally denounce teachings that do not conform to Wahhabist beliefs.
    Wahhabism is the basis for practices such as the segregation of the sexes, a ban on women driving, and numerous other social restrictions.
    We should tell CAIR and their Saudi backers that we will allow them to build mosques in the U.S. when they allow us to build Christian churches in Saudi Arabia. Why not prevent CAIR from expanding in the U.S. under the counter-terrorism laws under the Patriot Act?
    A concerned American Citizen
    Sources: According to a Congressional Research Service Report for Congress dated January 25, 2006, titled: The Islamic Traditions of Wahhabism and Salafiyya by Christopher M. Blanchard
    Dr. Evgenii Novikov, an expert on Islam and on the politics and economics of the Persian Gulf region is a Senior Fellow of The Jamestown Foundation published on their website on May 06, 2005

  5. This hit a nerve….so here’s principal Logan’s number..301 513 5700.
    It’s our obligation to do more than post our indignation here. If we feel strongly against such contradictory policies whether in a school in our neighborhood or in another state, we’re obligated to let these school administrators know that their misguided decisions are out there and hitting behond their little school districts.

  6. read a damn book you ignorant Americans.

    Hey goof ball billy bob I HAVE read the qweeran and I will not treat woman like animals or marry off my grandaughter who is 8 to and old pervert this is the book you think is worth ANYTHING?

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  11. Why are Americans so scared of change? It’s almost funny how scared you guys sound

    No not scared tried of bending over backwards for a assbackwards animals.

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