| Hugh Fitzgerald: Among Schoolchildren, or Islam Outreach in Japan
| Monday, June 06, 2016
|In Japan, concerned about “anti-Muslim hostility,” some teachers have
had the bright idea of having their pupils “learn about Islam” by
visiting the main mosque in Tokyo.
Of course, they must have thought,
what better way to have their students get an “unbiased glimpse of
Islam” than to visit a mosque, where Muslims welcome their guests,
telling these curious and credulous schoolchildren how wonderful Islam
is, and what a peaceful faith it is.
And how it teaches the equality of
all people, and how it has been so badly misunderstood because of the
actions of a few people, especially in the so-called “Islamic” State,
whose fighters only “claim” to be Muslim, or are described as having,
almost incidentally, “Muslim backgrounds,” and then the mosque members
allow those young visitors to watch as they prostrate themselves in
It’s apparently been a stirring lesson for these students, with
fears of Islam dispelled as words incomprehensible to them are recited,
and zebibahs silently thicken, and then the students go home, satisfied
that they have learned all they need to know about much-maligned Islam,
and a good time, by Allah, has been had by all.
The dismal tale of this terminal naivete, exhibited by teachers as
well as students, is told enthusiastically in the report below; I have
included a running commentary, bold within brackets. The repetition of the epithet “unbiased” – “unbiased glimpse,” “unbiased grasp” – reminds us that we, non-Muslims, are all sunk in a media-induced miasma of islamophobic misunderstanding, which these mosque visits are intended to dispel.
Might there be a better way for students to acquire an “unbiased grasp of Islam” than to visit a mosque? How about having those students instead read, with a commentary, much of the Qur’an, including the “Jihad verses,” and some of the “authoritative” Hadith, to begin to understand Islam? Or why not have them discover what the articulate defectors from the Army of Islam – e.g., Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wafa Sultan, Ibn Warraq, Nonie Darwish, Magdi Allam – have had to report about Islam?
Or find out what is written in Saudi textbooks, or what the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar says about anti-Jewish verses in the Qur’an, or what leading clerics routinely preach about Jihad and Infidels in their Friday sermons?“Schools take in Tokyo mosque to get unbiased glimpse of Islam,” by Magdalena Osumi, Japan Times, June 3, 2016:
Read it all here.........................
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 9:08 PM