The school closings came one week after the teacher gave Riverheads High School students an assignment that involved practicing calligraphy and writing a statement in Arabic - the Shahada, a profession of faith recited in Muslims' daily prayers.Of all the phrases to use, they had to pick this one?? For a Christian to write this is almost sacrilegious. And this isn't the only example of this.
The statement translated to: "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah." The teacher's lesson was drawn from instructional material that also includes Judeo-Christian assignments.
School officials said the aim of the lesson was to illustrate the complexity of the written Arabic language, not to promote any religious system, and a different sample text will be used in the future.
I remember back in the 8th grade I did a poster on the Arabic alphabit. I think I made a B.
I did a quick look online and discovered some Islamic Proverbs that I think are pretty innocent and probably could have been used.
Here is one:
Guard yoursef from 6 things:
♦ When you speak, speak the truthHere's another:
♦ Fulfill when you promise
♦ Discharge your trust
♦ Be pure in thought and action
♦ Withold your hand from striking
♦ Withold from talking that which is unlawful and bad
“Sharpen the mind, harden the body, soften the heart, and be of service to others.” – a motto for the believer, by AbdelMalik Ali.Why the HECK did the teacher have to pick something she/he should have known would be controversial and in-you-face.
I'm afraid the quality of teachers in general is pretty bad.