Excerpted From Mad World News: Recently, we brought you an exclusive story about a mother named Jennette Hall, from Jenison, Michigan, whose 10th grade daughter brought home an assignment from her World History class on Islam. The assignment directed students at Jenison High School to make a pamphlet which would then be created to fit curriculum suitable for third graders.
The mother was astonished at the exercise, as the information given to her daughter was riddled with inaccuracies. One part of the assignment stated that Christians, Jews, and all other religions worship the same “god” as Muslims. It was also full of propaganda — stating that the Muslims’ god “Allah” is the “ONE and ONLY GOD.”
The assignment then went on to paint the prophet Muhammad as the wonderful and peaceful messenger of “God” whose spiritual revelation produced Islam; leaving out the historical FACTS, however, that Muhammad was a mass murderer, terrorist, misogynist, cult leader, rapist, torturer, assassin, narcissist, and not to mention a pedophile — who married his child bride Aisha when she was just six years old.
The mother decided to meet with the principal of Jenison High School to discuss her concerns about her daughter’s assignment on Islam. Although Hall said she understood the importance of her daughter studying different religious ideas in the world history class, she was concerned with how the coursework was presented:
“Traditional quizzes and drawing maps were the assignments given for the other religions. I was SHOCKED when my daughter showed me the pamphlet that she was required to make promoting Islam in a way 3rd graders could comprehend. As a mother who teaches her children that the One True Creator God is the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, it made me sick to my stomach to see my daughter promoting another god (Allah) as the One True Creator on a pamphlet! Islam was the ONLY religion of the 4 studied so far that was given the assignment to create a pamphlet.”
Hall went on to say in our interview that she consulted with the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice), where they informed her that if the school was promoting one religion over another, it would be a definite violation of the first amendment.
“Is this World History class promoting one religion over another by requiring a pamphlet to be made only for the Islamic religion and not the others? After consulting with the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) today, they informed me that if the school is promoting one religion over the other then they would be in violation of the 1st amendment. Will Jenison Public Schools consider self-correcting the issue by assigning a traditional quiz for Islam, as they did for the other religions studied, instead of a pamphlet?”
Armed with the knowledge she gained from ACLJ, Jennette met with the school’s principal and other faculty members on Tuesday, and said she was very satisfied with the meeting:
“I finished my meeting with the principle, assistant principle, and world history teacher at Jenison Public Schools this afternoon. I am very encouraged at the outcome of the meeting.
My initial complaint was that a PAMPHLET, which is commonly used as a sales and marketing tool, was assigned for the Islam religion and not for any of the other 4 religions studied in the class. My GOD, the Holy One of Israel, blessed be HE, commands me not to have any other gods before HIM, and this is what I teach in my home. In my opinion, the assignment was in fact promoting another god by using a sales tool such as a PAMPHLET and is in violation of my beliefs.
In the meeting, Dr. Brandon Graham and others in attendance carefully listened to my concerns and are considering making some changes. One change discussed was adding a disclaimer on the Introducing Islam packet stating: “this is what the Islam religion believes”, and also the ‘PAMPHLET’ assignment will be discussed when they do their annual re-evaluation of assignments for next year.”
She went on to say that she appreciated all the prayers and support she received from not only those in her community, but those on Facebook who saw her original story, and hopes that God can be gloried through the whole ordeal.
Below is the text version of the assignment the students received:
Part 1: Introducing Islam
Islam and Muslims- The name of this religion is Islam, the root of which is SILM and SALAM, which means “peace.” SALAM may also mean, greeting one another with peace. One of the beautiful names of god, is that he is the peace. It means more than that; submission to the ONE GOD, and to live in peace with the creator within oneself, with other people, and with the environment. Thus, Islam is a total system of living. A Muslim is supposed to live in peace and harmony with all these segments; hence, a Muslim is any person, anywhere in the world whose obedience, allegiance, and loyalty are to god, the LORD of the universe.
Part 2: Muslims and Arabs
The followers of Islam are called Muslims. Muslims are not to be confused with Arabs. Muslims may be Arabs, Turks, Persians, Indians, Pakistanis, Malaysians, Indonesians, Europeans, Africans, Americans, Chinese, or other nationalities.
An Arab could be a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew, or an Atheist. Any person who adopts the Arabic language is called an Arab. However, the language of the “Quran” the holy book of Islam, is Arabic. Muslims all over the world try to learn Arabic so that they can read the Quran and understand its meaning. They pray in the language of the Quran; namely, Arabic.
Supplications to god to be in any language. While there are 1 billion Muslims in the world, there are about 200 million Arabs. Among them, approximately about 10 percent are not Muslim. Thus, Arab Muslims constitute only about 20 percent of the Muslim population of the world.
Part 3: Allah The One and the Only God
Allah is the name of the one and only god. Allah has 99 beautiful names, such as: the gracious, the merciful, the beneficent, the creator, the all-knowing, the all-wise, the lord of the universe, the first, the last, and others.
He is the creator of all human beings. He is the god for the Christians, the Jews, the Muslims, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the Atheists, and others. Muslims worship God whose name is “Allah.” They put their trust in him, and they seek his trust and his guidance.
Part 4: Muhammad
Muhammad was chosen by God to deliver his message of peace, namely Islam. He was born in 570 CE (Common Era) in Makkah, Arabia. He was trusted with the message of Islam when he was at the age of 40 years. The revelation that he received is called the Quran, while the message is called Islam.