Have Yourself a Merry Little School Inspector
From the Evening Standard:
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A hardline Muslim teacher who caused a furore by denouncing pupils for celebrating Christmas has been made a Government schools inspector.More on the Christmas carol incident:
Israr Khan's Ofsted appointment was described by a former colleague as 'absolutely astonishing'.
Mr Khan, now headmaster of an Islamic school, launched into his tirade during a concert rehearsal at Washwood Heath Secondary School in Birmingham in 1996 after the choir including around 40 Muslim youngsters, had sung a number of popular Christmas songs, including carols.
He leapt from his seat, yelling: "Who is your God? Why are you saying Jesus and Jesus Christ? God is not your God - it is Allah."…
It has been claimed that Washwood Heath school was then a 'hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism'. Rashid Rauf - the airline terror bomb suspect whose extradition is currently being sought from Pakistan - was a pupil there at that time…
A former Washwood Heath colleague laughed openly when told of Mr Khan's role as an Ofsted inspector where he has the responsibility for passing or failing schools.
He said: "Given the man's history, it's absolutely astonishing. It's just the cheek of the man that he's been able to reach that position. He always was an extremely clever man.
"He gave me many insights into the Islamic cause and their hatred of the US and the Western World. He had a big support base among some of the Muslim parents.
"But there were some very influential, radical elements at Washwood Heath at that time and Israr Khan was very close to all that."
Israr Khan, a Muslim teacher of maths at Washwood Heath Secondary School, Birmingham, left children in tears after accusing Muslim pupils of betraying their religion by singing carols. The carol which Mr Khan interrupted was Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas. During the carol concert rehearsal, Mr Khan stood up and shouted: "Who is your God?" Jim Collins, the school’s headteacher, said: "Following an interruption at a rehearsal at the school, an incident occurred involving a member of staff. This is now subject to internal investigation at the school." Yayha Yacob, of Birmingham’s Islamic Resource Centre, said it was up to individual Muslim children whether they took part in celebrating christmas or not. He said of Mr Khan: "I just cannot understand why he did not raise his concerns earlier with leaders of the choir" (Guardian, 19.12.96). Oxy Malik, an 18-year old Muslim student at the school, said: "The concert was going fine and then the teacher just stood up and shouted over the kids singing. He said ‘Excuse me, there are Muslim boys and girls in this choir who are saying that Jesus is their God by taking part. This is totally wrong’". According to Oxy Malik, Mr Khan then shouted at the younger pupils watching and: "Everybody started clapping and shouting ‘Allah’. All the white girls walked out as well as some of the Asian girls - they looked really upset. I disagree with what he said. Islam teaches you to respect all religions and we also see Jesus as a prophet" (Times, 19.12.96, Daily Telegraph, 19.12.96)Another quote from the above student, from a 1997 ISIC bulletin (pdf file - page 7):
Oxy Malik, an 18-year old pupil at the school, stated that Mr Khan, who is arranging a school pilgrimage to Mecca, is "very religious. Ever since he's been here he's been preaching Islam to us when he should be teaching us maths."He's already the headmaster of one school and governor of another. Now he has the power to determine whether or not other schools receive favourable Ofsted reports, and what "improvements" they will have to make. Isn't that just great?
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