The Public School
and the Muslim Child
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By Sister Umm Muhammad
Allah said in the Holy Qur'an,
"It is not
fitting for a Believer, man or woman ,when a matter has been decided
by Allah and His Messenger, to have any option about their decision:
If anyone disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly
I grew up in the public schools as
the daughter non-Muslim parents. In school, I experienced violence
against myself and against my friends. Harassment from students,
teachers, and administrators alike. The individual attention, which
I received, was greater than for most due to the advanced placement
programs made available to me. Even though I had special classes,
the individual attention became reduced with each passing year in
the public school system. By the time I reached my final two years
of high school, I was convinced that high school was more for babysitting
rather than preparation for my future. Keep in mind that all of
this happened in "small town USA" in a city of only 250,000
rather than Los Angeles with a population of millions.
My public school experience was almost
twenty years ago. Now things area thousand times worse. Especially
in L.A. County where gang members number in the 100,000 range with
the youngest members at age 6 or 7years old. And, yes, they attend
the public schools. They bring all of their trashy talk with them
to school. Let me share with you what has
happened to young children in the
public schools in our community since I have lived here this past
1) A five year old girl was raped
when she was sent to the bathroom by herself in a public elementary
2) A school janitor who was also
a gang member murdered a 15-yr. old girl in the bathroom.
3) A high school football coach was
fired and convicted of child abuse and statutory rape for having
"intimate relations" with several high school girls.
4) A Muslim brother who was attending
a public high school was beaten to death on the high school grounds
during school hours right here in good old Los Angeles. Of course
the stories are endless but not necessary.
The first time your five year old
comes home with the "F" word coming from his
mouth ought to convince you that
you have made a mistake by enrolling him in public school. Allah
has made us responsible for those he has placed in our charge. He
never said it would be easy. Jennah is not easy. Allah says in the
"Or do you think that you
shall enter the Garden (of Bliss) without such trials as came to
those who passed away before you?
They encountered suffering and adversity,
and were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger and those who
have faith who were with him cried:" When (will come) the help of
Allah". Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is always near!"
Our Jihad in this life includes fighting to protect our family from
everything from propaganda to physical threats. Yet, everyday, Muslim
mothers and fathers send their children off to public school without
thinking anything of it.
Let me tell you what I had to deal
with and know that what your children are dealing with today is
far worse. In Kindergarten, in the fall we get Thanksgiving and
probably the favourite day of Iblis: Halloween! In the winter we
are bombarded with Christmas, Christmas trees, worship of material
things and the pressure of all your classmates asking," What did
you get for Christmas? Oh, thats too bad. Let me tell you
what I got, blah, blah, blah.." Next comes New Years Day to
celebrate the new year of the Christian Era which is full of months
named after Greek or Roman gods. Then we go right into the all important
St. Valentine's Day where everybody send hearts and flowers and
cards to their boyfriends or girlfriends in February.
Nothing like getting those Kaffir ideas started from an early age.
Oh then in March, I being Irish, was sure to wear my green shirt
so I wouldnt get pinched on St. Patricks Day. Next comes
expectations of and preparation for Easter. The whole thing...The
Easter bunny." What did he bring you? I got..blah, blah, blah".
Chocolate bunnies and jelly beans probably full of gelatine from
pork. That took care of Spring. Then right into summer school and
the indoctrination into the patriotic July 4th celebration
celebrating the all-important freedom from oppression from the British.
Of course they failed to mention that they were in full blown slaughter
of the American Indians by then. I learned that later. Yes, and
all this took place in half a day of school in Kindergarten. Imagine
what can be accomplished by this Kafir school system in twelve years?!
Allah warns us in the Qur'an,"...Tumult and oppression are
worse than slaughter. Nor will they cease fighting you until they
turn you back from your faith if they can..." then Allah warns
that any who do die in unbelief will be companions of the fire.
Putting your children into the public school with all of its prohibited
things is, in my opinion, a form of oppression on your children
and I believe it is at least tumultuous for them. In addition, sending
your children to the public schools puts them in the hands of people
who would go to great lengths to convince them to turn away from
Most of us would never think twice
about our answer if someone asked, "Would you let a Kaffir
baby-sit your child?" Most would answer with an emphatic,"
NO!" But, Muslims dont think twice about sending their
kids to the Kuffaar to provide them with their education (or
indoctrination). Muslims send
their children knowing that public school
teachers are possibly bi- or homo-sexual,
paedophiles, adulterers or adulteresses, atheists, Christian or
Jew, or all of the above.
How is it that this can happen? What
will we tell Allah when He asks us how we carried out the Trust
which He has entrusted to us? What will be our excuse to Him. I
know that I have heard a lot of excuses. One of my favourites is
,"Its too DIFFICULT for me." Or I love this one
especially for young kids," My ENGLISH isnt too good."
Obviously, these people have not looked around very much and are
lazy or just want time for themselves away from the kids. How much
do the young ones need? ABCs and 123s and three
letter words like "CAT" or "DOG". There are
only about a million ways to learn English. Whatever your reason
is, just remember that ultimately youre going to have to answer
with that flimsy
excuse to your Creator, Allah, Subhanahu
wa Taala, not to me or any other lowly human like me. I ask
you , do you think Allah would accept any of the excuses that I
have mentioned so far. My ALL-TIME favorite is Im too BUSY!"
Too busy FOR WHAT?!! Too busy for your kids?!! That is your job!!
Your kids didnt ask to be born! Your were well aware of the
result of your actions when you conceived
them. You knew that YOU not that Kafir teacher was going to be responsible
for them. I submit that someone who is too BUSY just has their priorities
I dont mean to sound harsh.
But I do mean to warn you and remind myself. There is no place more
DIFFICULT then the hell-fire and it doesnt matter if your
ENGLISH is good or not and youll probably still be pretty
BUSY begging for Mercy and any little drop of water while your dipped
up to your eyeballs in the burning flame.
Allah says in the Quran:
"O ye who believe! Take not
for your friends and protectors those who take your religion for
a mockery or a sport,-Whether among those who received the Scripture
before you, or among those who reject Faith: But fear ye Allah if
ye have Faith." Now I ask you, to whom are you sending your
children to be protected and to make friends with? To those whom
Allah has forbidden you to take as friends and protectors yourself!
Allah says in the Qur'an: "Already has He sent you in the Book,
that when ye hear the message of Allah held in defiance and ridicule,
ye are not to sit with them unless they turn to a different theme:
if ye did ye would be like them. For Allah will collect the hypocrites
and those who defy faith - all in Hell" (Qur'an.4:140)
Yet , we send our children to those
who mock Allah by teaching the kids about a jolly fat man in a red
suit named Santa who "knows if youve been naughty or
nice" and shares other attributes of Allah, Aoothoo billahi
mina Shaitanirrajeem. This is only one of thousands of examples.
We send our kids to a place full
of prohibited people, actions, and things for most of their waking
hours then tell them to not be like them and not to make friends
with them. What a great hypocrisy and what a great and unnecessary
strain to place on a young Muslim.
"What do I do then?", you
may ask. There are several Islamic schools available. But check
them out to be sure that they are better than the public schools.
Many will give grants to pay for part of the tuition if you cant
There are many choices for Homeschooling
and many sisters who currently homeschool that may be able to form
a cooperative effort if you think that you cant handle it
on your own. Ultimately, we are all responsible for our own children
which Allah has given us but we should not be afraid to ask for
help when we feel unable to handle the task on our own.
Sheik Abdullah Azzam, may Allah reward
him for his striving, was quoted as saying,
be defeated by others. We Muslims are not defeated by our enemies,
instead, we are defeated by our own selves."
When our children grow up in the
public school system and end up defying us and acting as their teachers
acted, we have nobody to blame but ourselves. Or, if they grow up
in the public school system as a good Muslim we have nobody to credit
May Allah, guide us and protect us
and make us and our children from among the righteous.
Reprinted from Risalat Al -Noor
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