Millions of Christian and Jewish children are being indoctrinated into the Islamic faith in America’s public schools. Is your child one of them? Every Holy Bible believer reading this seriously needs to ask your children if they have received any lessons on Islam. If they are in Grades 5-12, odds are that they have. Israel’s “Arutz Sheva” News and Creeping Sharia have both reported on a program called “Access Islam” being forced upon your children, as an “educational religious program”, in public schools across America.
The Islamic indoctrination program was developed by the United States Department of Education and is funded by YOUR and my tax dollars. If there was a program being shown in America’s public schools entitled “Access Christianity” or “Access Judaism”, the liberals and progressives would be up in arms. They only seem to shout “separation of Church and State” when it involves our God and the Holy Bible.
Apparently, they have no problem with Islam, Buddhism, or Pagan deities being promoted to our nation’s impressionable youth. This is such a disgusting double standard, and it needs to end. Children or teachers can’t even mention the name of Jesus or God in a public school today without fear of being disciplined. Yet, the schools themselves can teach Quran studies to your kids? How in the world are they getting away with this atrocity of such gross hypocrisy?!
The “Access Islam” lesson plans include worksheets and videos to “help students” PERFORM the 5 Pillars of Islam (prayer, fasting, alms giving, pilgrimage to Mecca, and the PROCLAMATION of the Muslim faith). Imagine if a school teacher led students to Jesus Christ and asked them to proclaim the sinner’s prayer? In this morally backwards society, that teacher would at the very least lose his job, and possibly face jail time.
Yet, it’s ok for an entire public school system to lead students to Allah, and to FORCE them to proclaim Islam’s declaration of faith. For those of you unaware, that means your child (Christian or Jew) is forced to recite the words – “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammed is his messenger.” Parents should be beyond outraged. The “Access Islam” video which is shown to the children teaches them HOW to perform Islamic prayer.
It then quizzes them with questions like “What does a Muslim prayer sound like?”, and “What are some of the things Muslims say during prayer?” The students are expected to MEMORIZE verses from the Quran, and give the meaning of those words! Un-freakin-believable. Again, imagine if a teacher asked the students to memorize Holy Bible verses, and give the meaning of JOHN 3:16. He would be fired. Yet turning the public classrooms of America into madrassas is perfectly fine?!? This is so beyond wrong.
Here is the actual “Access Islam” Program Syllabus (which is being taught to the children of Holy Bible believers across this nation) –
“THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM”
Describe the basic beliefs of Islam;
Explain the meaning of each of the Five Pillars of Islam;
Compare and contrast the Five Pillars of Islam with the duties of other religions with which “they are familiar”.
GRADE LEVEL: 5-12
Three to four 45-minute class sessions
Part I: Introductory Activity
(The Basic Beliefs and Practices of Islam) Explain to your students that they will be learning about some of the basic beliefs and practices of Islam, the religion followed by Muslims. Ask students to begin by brainstorming a list of things that they know about Islam. Have students record their thoughts about Islam privately, without discussing the responses as a class. Ask students to hold on to their responses (or you may collect them). Explain to them that throughout the course of the next activity they will learn more about the basic beliefs and practices of Islam, and that after they complete the activity they will have time to review and revise their responses.
Explain to students that in this lesson they are going to focus on learning about the core duties of Muslims, the Five Pillars. Divide the class into pairs and direct students to the Muslims Teachers Guide FRONTLINE PBS website. Provide them with a focus for media interaction, instructing them to read the sections: “Beliefs of Muslims” and “Major Practices/Duties of Muslims” and record, on their Student Response Sheet 1: The Five Pillars of Islam, the six major beliefs and the name of each of the Five Pillars and a description of that pillar. After students have recorded this information, review the major beliefs and the Five Pillars as a whole class, addressing any questions, such as vocabulary and definitions, during the discussion. Record a list of the Five Pillars on the board during the class discussion so students have a clear visual reference to all of the pillars throughout the rest of the lesson.
Part II: Learning Activity #1
(SHAHADAH) Explain to students that you will be looking at each pillar in detail beginning with the first pillar, which is Shahadah or belief. To begin, go to the BBC website bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/customs/shahadah/index. Have students read about what it means to proclaim faith or belief as a Muslim. Have students, individually, silently read the Shahadah. Ask the students to think about what the Shahadah means. Why do they think that this statement is a significant part of being a Muslim? Record their thoughts on their Student Response Sheet 2: The Five Pillars of Islam handout, and discuss these questions as a class. How is this statement of belief similar to other religions? How is it different? Some examples are the Shema Israel and the Thirteen Articles of Faith in Judaism or the Nicene Creed in Christianity.
Part III: Learning Activity #2
(SALAT) Next, students will look more closely at the second pillar, which is Salat or prayer. Have students watch the Muslim Prayer video as well as read the information from the BBC at bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/customs/salat/index. and bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/worship/index, and watch the two streaming video segments about prayer preparation and the set of movements for prayer. Provide them with a focus for media interaction, instructing students to view the segments and record answers to the following questions on their Student Response Sheet 2: The Five Pillars of Islam. Describe the process that Muslims go through to prepare to pray. Describe the process of praying in Islam.
How many times each day, and when, do Muslims pray? What do the prayers sound like? What do the movements look like? In which direction do Muslims pray? Why do they face this way? What are some of the things Muslims say during prayer? Why do Muslims pray? How is prayer in Islam similar to prayer in other religions? How is it different? Why is prayer important in Islam?
Part IV: Learning Activity #3
(ZAKAAT) Next, students will examine the third pillar, which is Zakaat or almsgiving. Have students watch the Zakaat video and read the information about Zakaat at bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/customs/zakat/index. Provide them with a focus for media interaction, instructing students to view the video segment and record answers to the following questions on their Student Response Sheet 2: The Five Pillars of Islam: What is Zakaat? What is emphasized in Zakaat? Why do Muslims make donations? How much money is a person expected to give to charitable causes? What is the relationship between prayer and money? How is zakaat different from ordinary charity that Muslims might give?
After students have viewed the segment and the website, discuss what they have learned about Zakaat. What other religions ask believers to donate money? How is this similar to other religions? How is this different.
Part V: Learning Activity #4
(SAWM) Next, students will examine the fourth pillar, which is fasting or Sawm. Have students watch the Ramadan is Here video and read the information at bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/customs/sawm/index. Provide them with a focus for media interaction, instructing students to view the video segment and record answers to the following questions on their Student Response Sheet 2: The Five Pillars of Islam: Why is Ramadan described as “expecting a month long guest?” Explain the guidelines for fasting during Ramadan. When is eating allowed? At what age does a Muslim begin fasting? Does fasting only occur during Ramadan? Are there other rules? Describe some of the challenges one might encounter when fasting during Ramadan. Describe some of the benefits.
After students have viewed the segment and read the information on the website, discuss what they have learned about Sawm. How does fasting from eating and other activities affect people’s spiritual state of mind? What other religions include fasting? How is Sawm similar to fasting in other religions? How is it different?
Part VI: Learning Activity #5
(HAJJ) Finally, students will examine the fifth pillar, which is pilgrimage or Hajj. Have students view The Hajj: Islamic Sacred Pilgimage video from WGBH. Provide them with a focus for media interaction, instructing students to view the segment and record answers to the following questions on their Student Response Sheet 2: The Five Pillars of Islam: What is the goal or focus of the Hajj? What is the purpose of the special garments that the pilgrims wear? How do these American Muslims react to the Hajj? In what ways is it a meaningful experience for them? What unanticipated responses did they have during their journey to Arabia?
After students have viewed the segments and recorded information, discuss this questions with the class. What do they think it is like to be a pilgrim in Mecca? Why do they think Hajj is one of the Five Pillars? What other religions incorporate the idea of pilgrimage?
Part VII: Culminating Activity
After students have looked more closely at each of the Five Pillars, divide them into pairs. Instruct each pair to create a poster about the Five Pillars to be displayed in the classroom and AROUND THE SCHOOL to help educate their schoolmates about Islam. Drawing on the information they gathered and recorded on their Student Response Sheet as a resource, each poster must include: a listing of the Five Pillars, a description of each of the practices and how people fulfill these obligations, and illustrations or images that relate to each of the pillars. (For the illustrations and images, it may be helpful for students to view the segments and Web sites again, looking specifically for prevalent visual images and symbols, if they do not remember what they have seen previously. They can also look at the sites below for imagery.)
Have students share their completed posters with the class, discussing the information and images used on the posters. To visually enhance their poster, students can use PBS LearningMedia to search for images of Islamic Art. Alternatively, students may wish to create a PowerPoint presentation, infographic, or video. Ask students to take out the list they brainstormed in the introductory activity. Ask them to review and revise the list based on what they’ve learned in this lesson. How have their conceptions of Islam changed?
(Community Connections) If possible, have your students MEET WITH Muslims in your community to LEARN about their religious PRACTICES and views. Interview Muslims who have participated in Hajj, and talk to Muslims during the month of Ramadan to learn about fasting and almsgiving. Contact religious leaders or scholars to learn more about prayer and beliefs.
Yes, believe it or not, this is the lesson plan which teachers in America’s public schools are given today. Word for word, and in it’s entirety. Once again, I want to make perfectly clear to everyone reading this, believer or not, there are NO lessons in this nation’s schools teaching on Christianity or Judaism. Why does the religion of Islam take precedence over the Country’s 2 oldest and predominant faiths?
The Holy Bible was America’s very FIRST SCHOOLBOOK, yet today our God is being forced out of schools, and Islam’s god is being FORCED IN. This was all supposed to change under a Republican-controlled government. You can learn much more about the Saudi Arabia-funded quest to indoctrinate America’s youth into Islam through my article Islamic Indoctrination In America’s Public Schools.
If this garbage is being taught in your kid’s school, then I suggest pulling them out of that class or the school entirely. If you can’t afford to pull them out of the school, then I would recommend telling them to refuse to participate in any assignment having to do with Islam. I would also urge you to send a Holy Bible to school with them, and tell them to talk to other students about our God and Lord Jesus. Let’s see how the public schools like that? It’s time that we Christians and Jews turn the tables on the Godless indoctrinators in our educational system, and push our God BACK into American schools where he BELONGS.
“.. There shall be FALSE TEACHERS among you, who secretly shall bring in DAMNABLE heresies, even DENYING The Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift DESTRUCTION.” ~ 2nd Peter 2:1
“I Am The LORD (YaHWeH) your GOD.. You shall have NO OTHER gods before ME.” ~ Exodus 20:2-3
“For he that serves BAAL (Allah), and worships HIM, shall provoke to ANGER YaHWeH (The LORD) God of Israel..” ~ 1st Kings 22:53
“There shall be NO STRANGE GOD in your land; NEITHER shall you worship ANY strange god.” ~ Psalm 81:9
“For YOU shall worship NO OTHER god: for The LORD (YaHWeH), Whose NAME is Jealous, is A JEALOUS God.” ~ Exodus 34:14
“Take HEED to yourselves, that your heart be NOT DECEIVED, and you turn ASIDE, and serve OTHER gods, and worship THEM.” ~ Deuteronomy 11:16
“They have gone and served OTHER gods, and worshipped THEM, either the sun (god), or MOON (god of ISLAM), or ANY of the host of heaven, which I have NOT COMMANDED, saith The LORD God.” ~ Deuteronomy 17:3
“Then JESUS said unto him, Get BEHIND ME, Satan: for it is WRITTEN, You shall worship (YaHWeH) The Lord your God, and HIM ONLY shall you SERVE.” ~ Matthew 4:10/Luke 4:8
“Now The Holy Spirit speaks EXPRESSLY, that in the LAST DAYS some shall DEPART from the Faith, giving heed to SEDUCING spirits, and doctrines of DEMONS.” ~ 1st Timothy 4:1
“And they shall TURN AWAY their ears from the TRUTH, and shall be TURNED unto FABLES.” ~ 2nd Timothy 4:4
“TRAIN UP CHILDREN in the way they should go: and when they are old, they will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
“All the NATIONS that forget YaHWeH (GOD) shall be turned INTO HELL.” ~ Psalm 9:17