Sky News is reporting claims that a private Muslim school in Yorkshire is promoting an extreme form of Islam, suggesting that Jews are engaged in a global conspiracy and that Muslims should not adopt British customs.
The Islamic Tarbiyah Academy in Dewsbury teaches 140 primary school children in an after-school madrasa and runs full-time classes for over-16s and adults.
Mufti Zubair Dudha, the centre’s founder and head, is a respected cleric from the orthodox Deobandi sect which is thought to control half of all mosques and madrasas in the UK.
In one leaflet Mr Dudha quotes the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an early 20th Century anti-Semitic forgery, which claims to prove Jewish people are engaged in a global conspiracy…
Other leaflets and newsletters, some of which are distributed to Deobandi mosques, say all mixed-sex institutions are evil, warn Muslims not to adopt British customs, ban the watching of TV, and tell women not to go out to work and to be fully covered before leaving the house…
Keith Vaz, who chairs the Home Affairs Select Committee, told Sky News he believes the centre’s teachings are dangerous.
“After what we have seen in Paris and in Brussels and the way in which the Muslim community has come out so strongly in favour of peace and tolerance, I think these kinds of leaflets serve no purpose but to divide in a poisonous and totally reckless way,” he said…
The Department for Education told us: “These serious allegations are under investigation. While it would be inappropriate to comment on the specific investigations of these institutions, we are clear that extremism has no place in our society and we are determined to protect children from it.”
But in a statement, Mr Dudha told Sky News: “It saddens me greatly that certain extracts from our publications have been taken and misrepresented to link the Academy with extremism.
“We fully believe in the importance and need of integration whilst being able to practise our faith.”
Mr Dudha is suggesting the literature found at the school has been misrepresented to make an unfair case against the Academy (let’s face it, it wouldn’t be the first time something like that has happened) but the comments from Keith Vaz are extremely strong and critical.
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