A Salafi preacher in the city of Kozhikode in Kerala on Monday asked all Muslims to not permit their children to mainstream schools as these institutions “conspire to influence students away from their religion”. He asked the parents to set up home schools instead, where kids could be taught in an Islamic way. The controversial speech was made by Abdul Moshin Aydeed, who is an extreme Salafi belonging to the group of Shamsudeen Fareed, made into the light as the controversy over Peace’s International School’s textbooks was raging on.
Even though the exact date of the speech is yet unknown, these statements which were uploaded on edawa.net, do show resemblance to the Peace school controversy. Aydeed in the controversial speech has said that the children should only be taught what-what Allah’s messenger had dictated. He said that they did not need anybody’s help in doing so. He went ahead and firmly stated that no government or police could force them into raising their children in a way they did not want.
Talking about religious scriptures, he said that it is these books that direct them to respect Allah, the Prophet Mohammad and his religion. He asked the uniform educational system in the country if there were such things in their textbooks. He further defended Islamic way of teaching and said that is standing by Islamic preaching meant extremism, then they were spokespersons of extremism. Aydeed was of the opinion that it did not matter if the whole world turned against them; as long as Allah did not wish so, they could not be harmed.