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Not only that, but whilst the Jewish pro-Israel lobby does its job so effectively, we, being more populous than them supposedly, are unable to accomplish any of our interests in the Middle East. Nor are we able to rectify any of the domestic problems we face on our campuses, workplaces etc. This might be a difficult task to accomplish because Muslims are one of the most unorganized people in the world, but I think this is the only way forward. We have to help ourselves and to do that, we have to act as one unit. Classism i. Not picking on anyone but this is the consistent story I hear from old heads who came over from the nation and even before that.

If you go for work purposes, then you will no doubt get your intentions fulfilled and will benefit from the abundance of muslims, masaajid, etc. The little lady and I have pretty much made intention to move out to either Indonesia or Malaysia as soon as possible inshaAllah IT market is taking off over there as well as relatively cheap property values being the main reason.

The suggestions made in the article are a good start, though. The Islamic environment and education must have to b provided to Muslims.. Most of them are spoiled because of the bad company of their fellows and lack of concentration of their parents towards their grooming. This is happening with the Muslims all over the world but may b in Western or Non-Muslim countries the ratio is much high!! May b another reason for all this disturbance among Muslim youth of America is that the American Muslims are a global village made up of diverse communities of African-Americans and immigrants from many nations.

So as everyone belongs to a different background ,there thoughts are different from each other. I think the prophet sws and the companions were ordered to do hijrah after they had done literally everything they could possibly do and despite that, still were being persecuted by the pagan arabs. I think Muslims in America are not even close to reaching that point.

We have so much more we can accomplish. Hijrah is unnecessary and pre-mature for us…. The article was pretty pessimistic — i think the solutions could be outlined a bit better. The fact that these Muslims are being accepted and progress is being made is more than enough reason to stay and continue our efforts. Prophet sws began his efforts with only a few people. I personally have not experienced any discrimination based on the religion, although i wear kufis more than the average brother. I personally volunteer for masjid, and i want to get into volunteering for a soup kitchen for the homeless.

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Free Our Schools Almost all children now believe they go to school to pass exams. The idea that they may be there for an education is irrelevant. State schools have become exam factories, interested only in A to C Grades.

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They do not educate children. Employers have moaned for years that too many employees cannot read or write properly. According to a survey, school-leavers and even graduates lack basic literacy and numeracy skills. Both graduates and school-leavers were also criticised for their sloppy time-keeping, ignorance of basic customer service and lack of self-discipline. Bilingual Muslims children have a right, as much as any other faith group, to be taught their culture, languages and faith alongside a mainstream curriculum. More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England.

There is a dire need for the growth of state funded Muslim schools to meet the growing needs and demands of the Muslim parents and children. Now the time has come that parents and community should take over the running of their local schools. Parent-run schools will give the diversity, the choice and the competition that the wealthy have in the private sector. Parents can perform a better job than the Local Authority because parents have a genuine vested interest.

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The Local Authority simply cannot be trusted. Muslim children in state schools feel isolated and confused about who they are. This can cause dissatisfaction and lead them into criminality, and the lack of a true understanding of Islam can ultimately make them more susceptible to the teachings of fundamentalists like Christians during the middle ages and Jews in recent times in Palestine. Fundamentalism is nothing to do with Islam and Muslim; you are either a Muslim or a non-Muslim.

There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands.

None of the British Muslims convicted following the riots in Bradford and Oldham in or any of those linked to the London bombings had been to Islamic schools. An American Think Tank studied the educational back ground of Jihadists; none of them were educated in Pakistani Madrasas. They were all Western educated by non-Muslim teachers. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models.

A Cambridge University study found that single-sex classes could make a big difference for boys. They perform better in single-sex classes. The research is promising because male students in the study saw noticeable gains in the grades. The study confirms the Islamic notion that academic achievement is better in single-sex classes. How can people think like this? Ever heard of choice…since in the UK people have a right to wear what they choose to, what business is anybodys if a couple of hundred want women to wear a NIQAB its not called burka out of millions?.

America has its fair share of bigots too, who cheer on the bigots in Europe who wish to deny human beings their rights to practice their religious beliefs in whatever manner they deem fit. If anyone tries to use the argument that there should be gun control in the US because guns are often used by criminals, right-wingers throw a fit. But some of them will use that same ridiculous argument to assert that face coverings for Muslim women should be banned…because someone might commit a crime whilst wearing one!! I know! Example Quilliam Foundation.

Iftikhar Ahmad, if you think children who attend Islamic schools are better students or more religious than other Muslim students, you are definitely wrong. The children are the same. This is a good practical piece of writing that addresses a very real concern and will apply to the majority of Muslim parents. Looking forward to reading more comments with ideas for very real solutions.

Its aim is to make British public, institutions and media aware of the needs and demands of the Muslim community in the field of education and possible solutions. The perception among Muslims is that they are unwelcome in Britain is undermining efforts to help them integrate into wider society. Most of them say that they have experienced race discrimination and religious prejudice. Muslims and Islam is promoted a fundamentalist and separatist by the western elite, which have negative impact on community and social cohesion. A City or a locality, where Muslims are in majority is a ghetto.

There is a tendency for people of similar backgrounds to live together in neighourhoods. The original ghettos in Europe during the middle ages were set up by law to confine the Jewish population to one area of a city. According to a research by an Australian academic that Muslim communities in Britain are being increasingly ghettoized in a trend that set back hopes of assimilation by years. Britain has now eight cities in the top most ghettoized cities. The people from the Pakistani community in Bradford and Oldham and Leicester had trebled during the decade. A report by an academic Dr Alan Carling, that Bradford risks becoming a front line in the global clash between the West and Islam.

But Islam and Muslims do not clash with the concepts of pluralism, secularism and globalisation. Native parents are avoiding sending their children in state schools where Muslims and other minorities are in majority. The dominance of Pakistani Muslims in the city has meant that Bradford has become bi-cultural. Immigrants are the creators of Britain new wealth, otherwise, inner cities deprived areas could not get new lease of life. The native Brits regard such areas as ghettoes.

Integration is not religious and cultural, it is economic and Muslims are well integrated into British society and at the same time they are proud of their Islamic, linguistic and cultural identities, inspite of discrimination they have been facing in all walks of life. They are less burden on social services. Immigrants made up 8. It is often quoted by the Western media that Muslim schools ghettoizse the children, and even lead to their radicalisation if they are not integrated.

In British schools, pupils are encouraged to focus too much on their similarities rather than their differences. The integrationist approach merely results in Muslims feeling that their faith, language and culture is not respected.

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A report by the Institute for Community Cohesion found that native parents were deserting some schools after finding their children out numbered by pupils from ethnic minorities. Schools in parts of England are becoming increasingly segregated. The study focused on 13 local authorities. Many of the schools and colleges are segregated and this was generally worsening over recent years. My statement regarding Muslim schools where there is no place for non-Muslim child or a teacher is based on educational process and not on racism.

Muslim children need Muslim teachers during their developmental periods. For higher studies and reserech, Muslim teacher is not a priority. Salam Ify. I realize they are a small sub-grouping. The identity issues you raise about 2nd generation children are legitimate, but they are not nearly as poignantly felt here as they are in the case of European Muslims. The majority of Muslims in the United States are foreign-born. Aside from a few refugees here and there the United States is notoriously stingy when it comes to granting refugee status , immigration to the US requires quite a bit of financial stability.

There are numerous income proofs a sponsor has to provide to ensure immigrants will not receive social services like welfare and food stamps, etc. Muslim immigration to the US is not where the US is getting their sources of cheap, manual laborers. That leaves native-born Muslims, of which the Pew study says over half are African American. More generally, native-born African American Muslims are the most disillusioned segment of the U. Muslim population. When compared with other Muslims in the U. They also are far less satisfied with the way things are going in the United States.

But there are definitely some legitimate concerns that seem to exist amongst African American Muslims at a higher rate than other populations that need to be addressed by all Muslims in the US. They are more likely to be impoverished for one, and charitable works amongst Muslims in the US need to take note of this, for one example. We need undergraduate muslim marriages coming from a male, single college senior.

I completely agree with you — getting married surely alleviates most of these issues viz. The Prophet pbuh said: Getting married is half of deen. SubhanAllah, marriage makes it easy to lower the gaze and provides a halal channel for indulging in physical pleasure, for both men and for women, and makes staying away from vice easier. Which is why it is recommended Islamically to marry early, ofcourse when the man is financially assured of taking care of the family. Muslimah: There is no denying that tenderness, maturity and companionship are very important components in a marriage and truly there is more to marriage than sex e.

But what is also true is that the motivations for marriage for a man and a woman are very different both for muslims and non-muslims. For a man, the primary motivation for marriage is sex, for a woman the primary motivation is stability and maturity. Blunt as it sounds, it is a fact. Allah subhanahu wa taala did make man and woman different.

Um, no. While there is nothing wrong with recognizing and promoting the physical benefits of marriage, men and women both achieve aims that go beyond the physical aspects of marriage all of the time. Even really great, sweet, kind and sensitive men mess up sometimes. But they have to recognize the importance of at least trying. Sincerity and effort go a really, really long way for both men and women, and it takes a certain level of knowledge and maturity to be able to provide that for another human being.

That quote is a funny one, if a couple really relate to it, then i think their marriage is not really strong.. Will you agree to marry off your 15 yr old? I dont think anyone should get married before 20, guys even later cos generally men dont mature psychologically until they are , some never grow up lol. According to the hadith, a man should get married when he can afford to.

So guys marry when you can afford to look after your wife, financially, psychologically, emotionally. So ignore the hormones, fast if you cant help it, and marry when you are truly ready to handle the responsibilities. So the comment about marrying anyone is plain preposterous — I never suggested it nor is it recommended for obvious reasons! But having age limits like 20 or 25 or 30 or whatever for maturity…this is just fantasy!

Also one final comment that some readers have not considered or thought about: people change after marriage — infact they change every day after marriage. The benefits of marriage are too numerous to even list out here. For the benefit of interested readers, I would highly recommend Sh.

Alhamdulillah it will help change some incorrect assumptions that some people especially unmarried develop looking at the whole issue of marriage and sex from the outside and as a result of constant bombardment with incorrect messages from the popular media internet, tv, books — but every married person knows the reality is very different. The course blows away a lot of fantasy bubbles masha Allah — may Allah reward Sh.

Yasir abundantly and preserve him. Finally, I reiterate that a healthy marriage does alleviate many of the issues discussed here e. I was more or less carefree. Muslim youth are not so carefree. Our religion calls upon us to think beyond our immediate circle of daily life. Society eventually accepted them, but even now they are often the subjects of racism and deal with many issues within their own community because their previous oppression.

America cannot remove the Muslim presence in this country, but Muslims will never be able to totally escape being seen by some as a threat. I think we just need to accept that and learn to live with it to a certain extent. I think really there needs to be more parent-child connection.

Freedom and equality for African Americans was a shared passion in families. I think there also needs to be some more straightforward talk about issues in general in our community. Muslims have been stepping on eggshells so much that they feel to tackle tough issues and questions head-on, even amongst themselves.

As my husband would say, enough intellectual masturbation. A little more intellectual honesty would be nice. I found this article very interesting and, as someone who has only been discriminated against for not being faithful, quite enlightening. AstugfirAllah and subhanAllah. I live in NYC and the Muslim youth here are becoming worse every year. I have known many Muslim boys in middle school whom are now into drugs, dating, crime, going to jail, drinking, getting arrested, having children out of fornication, marrying kaffir girls, and all these sinful acts.

It is such a shame because none of us know local crimes caused by Muslims, but it is becoming widespread in this city and I do not want others to think Muslims are like this. I am sorry if this sounds mean, but it is the truth. Anger is not even the biggest problem. With that equation I would add assimilation issues for some communities like the somali community. I cant tell you about the other arab communities or desi or others but for the somali youth I can say a few things about from my opinion and research.

The extremist ideologies and behaviors,is not due to lack of secular education or poverty. Its the influential members of their family and masjids. I have ran into many brothers and sisters and they all come from middle class, well educated backgrounds and great environments but it seems like any minute now they will up and leave to Somalia or Allah knows where.

In every Islamic period, the young boys are the defenders and active members of the Islamic societies we have now brought up the kids in this society and they have no option but to take the extremist ideologies, not knowing any better. We need a sense of identity and intervention for the youth, the hate and discrimination we see on TV for Islam and the war on terror are to blame. That and the equation Maiino mentioned. I think this is a great article. We must engage our youth, encourage them, and empower them. Thank you for illuminating this difficult issue.

However, at the heart of the issue I am not sure that Islamophobia is the primary problem of the youth. Many of the youth are proud to be Muslim and they find no problem is associating with other Muslim and Non-Muslim youth. MashAllah our youth are becoming doctors, engineers, scholars, etc.. What seems to be the primary problem of the youth is the massive disconnect between themselves and the leaders or elders of the community. Our elders are for the most part completely ignorant of the daily struggles a youth must go through to practice their deen and stay on the straight path. These struggles include making prayers on time, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and probably most difficult is maintaining ones chastity.

Our elders tell us go and become doctors, engineers, pharmacists but they do not worry about the state of our eman. If a youth wishes to get married they must climb Mt. Everest and beyond. First comes the cultural issues, then color issues, and then financial issues.

If one is able to get past the first two then being financially stable is always such a big deal. The idea is that you must first become financially stable and then you are able to get married, but Ironically this is not Islamic. Islam teaches us that if we wish to increase our provision then one way to do so is to get married:.

If they be poor, Allah will enrich them out of His Bounty. If they are poor, Allah will make them independent of means by His bounty. This is a promise of independence of means to those who get married, seeking the pleasure of Allah and seeking to protect themselves from sin. Now I do realize that one must be realistic and I think many of our youth are. They excel in high school and college and many have part time jobs.

So why not let them get married?

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If they find someone, then marry them and they do not necessarily have to move out and do the whole nine yards. They can continue living with their families and when the time is right for both parties to move out, then they will do so. At least this way the youth can be in halal relationships and have the ability to practice their deen in a more proper manner.

Am I daydreaming? Please tell me!!!! Your email address will not be published. Leave this field empty. From a cognitive-development standpoint, this is called a concrete operational period, according to Jean Piaget. The child now may factor in two dimensions of an object simultaneously. So, the longer cup may have less water because it is thinner. Concepts and behaviors are still black and white.

It is also hard for the kids in this stage to imagine and solve the structure of a mathematical problem. They cannot think contrary to facts. Socially, Erikson felt that in this period kids develop industry or inferiority. According to his theory, from age six to puberty, children begin to develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments. If encouraged, they feel industrious and confident in their ability to achieve goals. This suits some children and some families, not all. If you like a more gradual approach, you should have them start serious memorization at 7, accelerate at 10, and finish by Not all kids are meant to memorize the whole Quran though; they can still be educated and pious.

Invest in their strengths, not your dreams. Use story problems in mathematics. Examples: we obey God because he created us; if we disobey Him, we get punished, and if we obey Him, we get rewarded in this life and in the hereafter.

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