6 Things Islamic School Failed to Teach Me

  • sadaf nalband

    Very well pointed . Although me being educated in a convent school has had the priviledge of studying and learning about these pressing issues, my friends who attended madrasa were not aware of it until i told them. Its weird how v hide these issues in the name of modesty n religious guidelines, however these need to be brought to the notice. Really nice of u for pointing it out .

  • Ajay Kumar

    Much of this would be best taught at home.

  • Golam Dawood

    I’d add class elitism, political isolation, sectarianism and religious intolerance. Islamic schools can be very alienating places for non-Muslims to school.

    • Husnaa Kajee

      Amen brother

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  • Archized MY

    This article does highlight problems in the Arab/Desi muslim community that I needed confirmation on but to be honest it seems to be making a generalisation on Islamic schools. The problems highlighted by the article are valid and are real as per my school experience but to imply that all Islamic schools are like this is just not accurate.

    With the exception of one year most of my school life has been in Islamic schools and I will admit that regarding mental health issues some Islamic schools are a bit uncomfortable having open discussion but the way the article frames all Islamic schools is just unfair.

    My Islamic highschools taught us all extensively on the human reproductive system with an emphasise on female hygeine care. My teachers made sure we knew what menstruation is about, you can ask me how it happens and I can answer you.

    We were taught about sex. How its done biologically, the nuances it carries, the emotional repurcussions of it, why people do it, how it should be done and yes how Islam permits us to do it. Not to mention we were also taught about birth control methods and how more often it unfairly falls on women.

    My teachers also made it a point to stamp out any racism in students, it didn’t always work but I blame their rich racist parents.

    And the whole rape is taboo thing didn’t exist in my school. My teachers know what rape is and they know how awful it. Sure yeah some guys made a joke about it but they got told on and then my teachers brought down hell. So yeah.

    I will admit when it comes to mental health my first school was slow to catch up but by my fourth year we finally got a counselor and she was the best. We all loved her. She helped so many students including me get through some rough patches. She also undid some unintended damage our older teachers may have inflicted unintentionally.

    To sum up. Your experience must have been utter shite but to generalise the problems that your school faced as problems that all Islamic schools face is wrong and I hope you understand this.

    Im writing this because my schools taught me to fight for what I believe in regardless of what others believe. Maybe if you got to attend my school you would have never had to face the problems you faced.

  • Archized MY

    I’m not Arab/Desi and it was not my school majority

  • Hesham zaman

    no and not fair. this is just one experience, first of all, and our school is the exact opposite of this article. maybe this was the way all schools functioned at that time, or maybe this was a particularly closed-off school mentality, but we have never seen this disconnect in practice.

    • SJannat

      That’s her experience of Islamic schools and unfortunately about half of the Islamic schools are like that

  • SJannat

    I’m also aware of not acknowledging other religions. In Islamic schools, I don’t think most of them teach about other religions and what they’re about, and also the lack of diversity, explaining to children why racism is bad which really should be known instinctively

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  • Ecaep Modeerf

    we have to go back to the sunnah and learn form the prophet SAW. women would ask him stuff regarding menstruation and things people are usually uncomfortable discussing. our deen covers all this stuff, we dont need to follow the way non Muslims since this is already suppose to be discussed. maybe this experience sucked because they weren’t following Islamic protocol and had co ed, it seems like the boys were a huge part of the bad experience, well if they weren’t there in the first place their snide comments wouldn’t have made things hard to discuss. i went to public school and the physical education/health classes were separate, all the girls were comfortable in gym. at the end of the day everyone has to realize school cant teach you everything about life, it starts with our will to learn and suceed in this life and the hereafter.

  • Naila Khan

    Not all Islamic schools are like that.

  • fatima mmak

    As someone who went to an islamic school from grades 1-8, 98% of this is true and very saddening