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    British Students Get Know Islam Kits http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-06/28/article01.shtml CAIRO, June 28, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) – A British
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      British Students Get "Know Islam" Kits


      CAIRO, June 28, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) – A British
      council has presented resource packs covering the
      basic teachings of Islam to primary schools across the
      London borough of Harrow in an effort to provide a
      better understanding of the Muslim faith, according to
      a local daily.

      "The new resources will help school staff further
      develop their approach to high quality teaching of
      Islam -- a religion that is far too often
      misunderstood," the Harrow Times Monday, June 27,
      quoted as saying Councilor Navin Shah, leader of
      Harrow borough Council, which has become the first to
      fully fund the teaching of Islam in primary schools.

      The resource packs include books, artifacts, CDs,
      videos and teaching aids covering the basic Muslim
      beliefs and practices through interactive class

      Resources for secondary schools are also being
      developed and will be available to schools across the
      borough, according to the paper.

      The packs for primary schools were produced by the
      Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), in partnership with
      the Department of Education and Skills.

      "We believe education is the key to creating a vibrant
      and understanding society,” MCB Secretary General,
      Iqbal Sacranie, told Harrow Times.

      "These resources, developed by our team of
      educationalists, aim to support the teaching of Islam
      in schools by making available creative, engaging and
      child-friendly resources on Islam and Muslims.”

      "We want to ensure that every school child in Britain
      has access to high quality Islamic resources through
      their schools," he added.

      Harrow is one of London's most attractive suburbs. It
      is located in the northwest of London and has a
      population of approximately 208,000.

      A report by the Open Society Institute showed that
      various forms of Islamophobia and racial
      discrimination have been on the swing since the 9/11
      attacks, alienating the sizable Muslim minority in

      Muslims in Britain have been complaining of
      maltreatment by police under the Terrorism Act for no
      apparent reason other than being Muslim, citing the
      routine stop-and-search operations.

      Senior British parliamentarians admitted last August
      that anti-terrorism laws are being used
      “disproportionately” against the Muslim minority

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