Texas Christian Univ prof mandates students visit mosque on Good Friday

Source: Prof mandates students visit mosque on Good Friday – Pamela Geller

At Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, professor Yushau Sodiq is currently teaching a required course in the Department of Religion, entitled “Understanding Diverse Faith Communities.”
 He has mandated a field trip to a mosque on Good Friday, a day that is granted off to students to allow them to observe the Christian religious holiday (which is especially important to observant students at a private university). Attending the trip – and therefore not worshiping Christ on Good Friday – is worth 10 percent of the entire course, or a whole letter grade. Academia is in bad shape everywhere, but this flagrant act of Islamic supremacist bullying is in a class by itself.

Yushau Sodiq’s faculty page on the TCU website says that he “earned his B.A. degree in Islamic Studies in 1976 and his M.A degree in Islamic law in 1979 from the University of Medina, Saudi Arabia.” After earning his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, he “taught Islamic courses at the University of Sokoto, Nigeria from 1080 [sic]-1983.”

Medina, Saudi Arabia, and Sokoto, Nigeria: two hotbeds of jihad terror recruitment and activity. Non-Muslims aren’t even allowed to enter the Prophet’s Mosque and other areas of central Medina. Did professor Sodiq pick up his Islamic supremacism and contempt for infidel religious observances there?

Sodiq’s syllabus for his “Understanding Diverse Faith Communities” states that the course is meant “to enable our students comprehend the meanings and nature of world religions” and “to interact with religious communities and try to understand why they are doing what they are doing. Our study in this class is not to validate any specific religion but to comprehend many of them.” Yet while the class discusses Islam, Judaism, African traditional religions and Buddhism (apparently Sodiq assumes that students at Texas Christian University know all they need to know about Christianity already), Sodiq’s syllabus plans for five sessions on Islam, plus two more on “The Kite Runner,” a novel about Muslims in Afghanistan, and another for the mosque visit, for a total of eight on Islam and related themes. Meanwhile, only four class sessions are planned on Buddhism, three on Judaism and two on African traditional religions.

Regarding the mosque visit, the syllabus contains this information: “A visit to a Mosque (Muslim mosque) is on Friday, April 14, 2017, at 5:45 p.m. Mark your calendar. Our intention is to understand the ritual and tradition of other religions in their own context. We will visit the mosque in group. A quiz on the mosque visit will be on April 18, 2017. We will assemble at the back of Beasley Hall packing lot at 5:30 p.m. Every student is expected to attend this service. This visit is part of your participation in class. Many other students from our department will join us. It is a religious experience visit. No student is required to participate in mosque’s service during our visit. If you will not be able to attend the mosque with the group, please let me know in advance by March 30, 2017.”

In another section, Sodiq implies that the visit has a proselytizing intent as he writes: “You can also invite your friends to join in this visit” – and ominously, “If you do not attend the mosque, you will not be able to do the quiz and as you know, there is not make-up for quizzes. The visit will take only one and one-half hours. There we’ll be addressed by the leader of the Muslim community and we’ll watch the sunset prayer.”

The syllabus does not explain why there is no visit to a synagogue, church, Buddhist temple, or any other house of worship – only to a mosque. Sodiq also requires that students complete a journal entry on “Islamophobia.” He asks for no journal entry on anti-Semitism or prejudice or hatred against any other group.

What is most disturbing about all this is the threat that lies behind it. The people who passed this information on to me refused to be identified because they were certain there would be reprisals if their identities were known. Just as disturbing as that is the fact that in contemporary American academia, Yushau Sodiq’s university class of thinly veiled Islamic proselytizing isn’t unusual at all. It’s all too common.

30 thoughts on “Texas Christian Univ prof mandates students visit mosque on Good Friday

  1. Its apparant that this Christian university doesn’t have a problem with Islam being taught there. So going to a mosque on good friday is part of the christian faith. I don’t think so. Muslims still crucify christians in some parts of the world. No Christians are allowed in many parts of Saudi Arabia. Even a bible is banned in Saudi Arabia. Beheadings still take place in Saudi Arabia in the market square. Often women are the victims of these savages. I would bet that readers of this blog and others like it are more informed of the evils of Islam then the fools that run this university.

  2. If this college has classes in Islam it should be taught by a non Muslim. How can a Christian University allow an instructor who doesn’t believe in the death and resurection of the Savior?

    • TCU affiliated with, but not governed by, the Disciples of Christ. The school’s curriculum is, and always has been, secular. The professors are now, and were when I attended, from a diverse religious background — including christians, muslims, and many atheists. Biology courses teach evolution by natural selection, the physics courses teach the scientific consensus that the earth is 4.5 Billion years old and gays have been marrying in the campus chapel for years. Please, do your research on the institution before you decide to attend and, as always, Go Frogs!

      • how would you feel about muslim students being forced to attend another religion’s service on a muslim holyday? I get the feeling it wouldn’t be go frogs.

        • I would be 100% ok with that (Go Frogs!). This is a class that students signed up for, of their own free will! They have weeks to drop the class and pick a different one if they don’t like the syllabus. Everyone at TCU is required to take 1 of any religious studies course of their choosing, I chose “The Bible” a class dedicated to reading and discussing the bible (the whole bible, seriously, so many reading assignments!). My point being, nobody is being “forced” here. I had many (Christian and non-Christian) friends take this course during my 4 years at TCU and I don’t recall a single complaint and, to my knowledge, it didn’t convert a single person to Islam. Also, there are (or at least there were when I attended four years ago) courses at TCU that do something similar for other religions (trips to churches/synagogs/etc).

          It seems to me that many of the people up in arms about this type of thing haven’t attended the school and i’m just here to represent what I thought was the dominant point of view when I attended. So yes, definitely Go Frogs! (Also, i’m not a muslim, I could be misinterpreting your comment above but it seems like you may have thought that I am).

          Best wishes

  3. This is Shariah Law and the University itself should step in. Perhaps the administration doesn’t need Christians to donate.

    This should be challenged by the administration. And … why is this man in this position again ???

  4. v.boschini@tcu.edu is the chancellor’s email address. I sent him a message.

    If they don’t have class on Good Friday, how can any activity be scheduled, much less mandatory?

    I did tell him that they need to have a standard syllabus that’s an overview of religions or take Christian out of their name.

  5. This is Obamanation left-overs! President Trump will put an end to all this foolishness! That’s his a major goal of his Presidency.
    This is total foolishness anyway. I went to a Mosque with a group from Perspectives of the World Christian Movement. The Imam that presents the Muslim Islamic Ideology tells you that the Romans crucified the wrong person. (Maybe one of the disciples)! Anyone that is smart enough to go to College will see right through the thinly veiled insanity & that will be the end of that! Just humor this clown & write an essay that says the Muslim, dare I say Religion is so wonderful that they plan to convert to Islam as soon as they graduate!
    A devout Muslim is a Terrorist in waiting!
    From The Qu’an:
    65:4 You can rape, marry divorce pre-pubescent girls.
    4:3, 4:24, 33:50, 79:29-30 You can enslave for sex and work.
    4:34 You can beat women.
    24:4 You will need 4 Muslim male witnesses to prove rape
    9:111 You will kill non-Muslims to receive 72 virgins in heaven
    2:217, 4:89 You will kill anyone who leaves Islam
    8:12, 47:4 You will behead non-Muslims
    9:5 You will kill and be killed for Al’llah (verse of the sword)
    8:12, 8:60 You will terrorize non-Muslims
    9:29 Kill Jews and Christians
    65:4 You can rape, marry divorce pre-pubescent girls.
    4:3, 4:24, 33:50, 79:29-30 You can enslave for sex and work.
    4:34 You can beat women.
    24:4 You will need 4 Muslim male witnesses to prove rape
    9:111 You will kill non-Muslims to receive 72 virgins in heaven
    2:217, 4:89 You will kill anyone who leaves Islam
    8:12, 47:4 You will behead non-Muslims
    9:5 You will kill and be killed for Al’llah (verse of the sword)
    8:12, 8:60 You will terrorize non-Muslims
    9:29 Kill Jews and Christians if
    they do not convert or pay Jizya tax
chapter 8 (booty/spoils of war) Steal from non-Muslims
8:12, 47:4 Crucify and amputate non-Muslims
3:54, 9:3, 16:106, 40:28, 2:225 Lie to strengthen Islam (Taqiyya deception)
9:111 Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain.

    The Islamic State terror group has come out publicly to reject Pope Francis’ claims that the war being waged by Islamic terrorists is not religious in nature, assuring the pontiff that their sole motivation is religious and sanctioned by Allah in the Qur’an.


  6. there is no other Friday that they can visit the mosque except good Friday? the mosques have prayers every Friday. this is intimidation by the professor. if I were a Christian student I wouldn’t go. they should complain to the administration.

  7. You know damn well this jerk is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood that would stand right in front of one his students and watch that student be beheaded for insulting Islam…walk around the body not even looking back.

    • Yes, Barbara, and don’t forget that in islime there is NO requirement to verify or justify the alleged “blasphemy” against the intolerant FALSE allah-god! Just the mere flippant accusation by a slimy MUZZRAT bratty kid–WILL GET YOUR HEAD CHOPPED OFF!!!!! NO JOKE!!!!!

    • #redledot. Remember, “Christian” is as Christian DOES! Jesus warned us about “Christians” in name only! Hope you enjoy your “global” status, along w Yushau Sodiq, when you arrive at your FINAL DESTINATION!!!!!

    • Without a doubt, this secular college needs to change its name. Christians DO NOT bow down to FALSE gods! It’s one thing to be knowledgeable about other religious groups and their tenets, but attending a moslem “prayer” service on Good Friday of all days, is a sacrilege and apostasy of the highest order! TCU has the right to hire whomever they so choose, but they DO NOT have the right to misrepresent the One and only Savior of mankind! TCU, STOP LYING ABOUT YOUR IDENTITY–YOU DON’T REPRESENT US CHRISTIANS!!!!!

      • Yes, they do. Not sure about Evangelicals but mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics make up most of the students. All are welcome!!!!
        Jew, Muslim, atheist, Buddhist, and we learn from eachother

        • #redledot. TO BE SURE, this CS website is NOT here for theological discussions, SO HERE IS MY FINAL ANSWER…. Jesus said, “Ye must be born again” (KJV). Unfortunately, that does not include a large number of nominal (‘in-name only’) “Christians”. Likewise, even the evangelicals are not totally “fire proof” b/c “faith w/o works is dead”– Epistle of James!!! My salvation depends upon my faith coupled with my obedience–what about yours???? Are you ‘born again’?? Yeah, that’s what I thought…. If I told you that you could get fire from ice, would you spend the rest of your life telling people that you once knew a guy who actually said that–AND THAT YOU BELIEVE WHAT HE TOLD YOU??? Would you base your eternal salvation on the words of the IDIOT who told you that????? BETTER GO BACK TO THE BIBLE–AND READ THE TRUTH SPOKEN BY “THE MASTER” Himself, redledot, you can’t learn ANYTHING from from the teachers and believers of half-truths and lies!!!!! Oh yeah, and contrary to the ‘COEXIST’ crowd, “All roads don’t lead to Rome”, or heaven either! FINAL ANSWER!!!!!

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