MARYLAND: When the Muslim parents of Hayat and Habeeb Marso chose to send her two sons to Parkdale High School in Riverdale after they had completed memorizing the entire Qur’an at Dar-us-Salaam’s full-time hifdz school in College Park, she wasn’t worried. (She knew that the Litigation jihadists from CAIR would file a lawsuit against the school if they refused to allow her sons to pray there.)
Muslim Link It was tough leaving beloved Muslim teachers, but their training at Dar-us-Salaam had made them strong enough to handle
public infidel school. Hayat and Habeeb Marso are actively involved in the Muslim Student Association* of their new school. Their principal, Cheryl Logan turns to Hayat for advice on Muslim issues.
*The Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada, or MSA (also known as MSA National), was established mainly by members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood. The creation of MSA resulted from Saudi-backed efforts to establish Islamic organizations internationally in the 1960s, for the purpose of spreading its Wahhabist ideology across the globe. The ideology that underpins the MSA mission is the same ideology as defines the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda. The MSA perspective is global and its aspirations are closely linked to those of the “global Islamic Movement.
A major issue of concern for many Muslims is being able to offer their daily prayers, and prayer in public school has always been an ‘issue’. A lot of parents at Parkdale are frustrated that their kids cannot pray in school. (Then you should have left them in Islamic school) “We got into major trouble last year as we were hiding and praying in congregation,” Hayat says as he soberly wraps up the leopard print prayer rug in his family’s prayer room. Last year, the principal, Cheryl Logan told the students that they could not pray in congregation..
At a recent bullying seminar hosted by terror-linked CAIR at Dar-us-Salaam, Hayat consulted with Todd Gallagher, an attorney with CAIR. Habeeb also spoke with a local lawyer to learn more about the laws. As the MSA President who will graduate in May, Hayat maintains that it is his responsibility to pave the way (infiltrate schools with Islamic rules) for students who will follow him.
It’s not that students of any faith can’t pray in school, no matter what the general public thinks. They can. And Muslim students do, in empty classrooms, under stairwells, and library corners. They just can’t do it with the support of the school, because that’s a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. What this means is that the school administration cannot lead prayers or mandate that students attend prayer.
The ruling according to the First Amendment Center “requires that teachers and administrators neither promote nor denigrate religion — a commitment to state neutrality that protects the religious freedom of students of all faiths and no faith.” The U.S. Supreme Court banned official prayers in public schools, but religion is not taboo in schools. That’s because the same First Amendment that separates church and state also gives students like the Marsos the right to freely practice their faith.
Abdul Karim Taufique is the MSA Vice-President at Roosevelt High School in the same school district. He says that they have no issues with holding salah at school. Since they follow a different period system, student can easily pray at lunch time. They host Friday prayers after classes, where he delivers the Khutbah.”There is no process. The Principal gave permission so anyone can pray in the library media room,” says Abdul-Karim.
“Ms. Logan needs to prepare for an increase in Muslim students coming (Under Obama’s flood the US with Muslim parasites program) to her school,” says Afeefa Marso, Hayat and Habeeb’s mother. Arabic as a foreign language and the International Baccalaureate program makes Parkdale a viable option for some parents.
So instead of making it a public issue, Hayat and the Parkdale MSA decided to continue the gentle and diplomatic (aka taqiyya – Islamic deception) approach. The MSA invited parents and Principal Logan to an MSA meeting and they discussed the process of getting permission to pray in congregation for Dhuhr salah. Principal Logan said she would need to see report cards and good behavior. But 4 weeks passed without results.
Hayat and his peer’s parents continue emailing their requests and recently have convinced the administration. “Requests for prayers are done by parents of students, not by organizations. This ensures that the parent is aware that the student has made a request. To date the ones that have been requested have all been granted,” says Cheryl Logan, the principal of Parkdale High School in an email to the Muslim Link.
All parents who had given written permission received this good news on January 13, 2013. On Monday, January 14, 2013, students will be directed to a location to pray Dhuhr prayer in jam’ah from 12:45 to 1:00. They will be excused from class 10 minutes early so that they can fulfill this obligation.
Giving the students a pass from class to pray without good grades, decent behavior and parental permission would open the gates for trouble. Some kids used the excuse to pray in the past to skip class and get into fights. “They wear kufis” says Hayat, just as they would a gang color. ‘Fake Muslims’ is how they are known in the tough halls of Parkdale High School.
Hayat’s next jihad is to receive permission for Jum’ah salah. Many students are signed out by parents to attend Jumu’ah at nearby Prince George’s County Muslim Association (PGMA) or Dar-us-Salaam. The students who get left behind are the ones who embrace Islam in high school unknown to their parents, many who are devout followers of other faiths.”A brother who was a taxi driver used to come and pick the convert brothers and take them to Friday prayer, but then the principal found out and she was very upset,” says Hayat.
At the last MSA meeting at Parkdale High, there were at least three students who raised their hand when asked if they were the only Muslims in their families. Some of these students are as young as 14. Students accepting Islam in high school without parental permission. Young Muslims, a national youth organization, recently posted this message on their Facebook page based on the feedback from the various chapters:
“Some of my revert friends have to lie to their parents to be able to pray, some can’t pray, some have yet to visit a Masjid, some are threatened on a daily basis and verbally abused. Some have even been disowned to the point that they live with some of my other friends. This echoed the feelings that the students at Parkdale have for their friends whose parents have not accepted Islam.