A Muslim group in Britain wants a ban on unIslamic activities such as dance classes in public schools to make Muslim students feel included. But other Muslim groups disagree.
The Muslim Council of Britain wants special bans during Ramadan, including “science lessons dealing with sex, parentsâ€™ evenings, exams and immunisation programmes,” reports the Daily Express.
The holy month â€“ when eating and drinking is not allowed in daylight hours â€“ should also see a ban on swimming lessons in case pupils swallow water in the pool.
When swimming is allowed, boys should wear clothing covering their bodies â€œfrom the navel to the neckâ€, even during single-sex pool sessions, while girls must be covered up completely at all times, apart from the face and hands.
The MCB wants single-gender groups for sports and school trips, Arabic language classes for Muslim pupils, recital of the Koran in music classes, prayer rooms in all schools and instruction in Islam for all students as part of religious education classes.
In art classes, Muslim children should not be allowed to draw people, as this is forbidden under some interpretations of Islamic law.
Other Muslim groups said the report did not reflect their views.
Many British Muslims oppose separatism. Britain’s first Muslim lord, Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, said in a speech in Qatar that there is no religious reason why Muslim women should wear veils, which he called “a barrier to integration in the West. The veil is now a mark of separation, segregation and defiance against mainstream British culture.”