By Souad Sbai
In Italy religious schools are added as a new place of possible transmission of Islamist extremism in addition to DIY mosques.
The flash news is the closure of the headquarters of an association in Seregno called “Norou Dareyni Touba”, made up of immigrants of Senegalese origin; violence and humiliation against the young students of Arabic language, as well as Islamic religion and culture are the reason for the closure, similar to the one that led to the arrest of an imam in Treviso last December. If these are the teaching methods, what kind of Islam was taught in these schools? Do the corporal and psychological punishments ascertained by the investigating bodies not constitute an indicator of radicalization?
the teachers’ way of working is fundamentalist as well as the contents of the lessons: the alarm does not concern only the mistreatment of minors, which recall those of the Taliban “madrasas”, but the indoctrination to which children in similar could be subjected contexts also in Italian territory.We ask ourselves if controls are carried out on the study programs, if the good intentions and the moderation of the teachers are controlled. How many schools and how many after-school courses, such as Treviso and Seregno, are scattered throughout Italy? Doesn’t the need to establish a register of imams and teachers remain of topical relevance?
A relevant fact was the case of the S. Felice school in the province of Modena. Doesn’t teaching the Arabic language to second-generation children from North Africa constitute an obstacle for proper integration into the social and cultural fabric of Italian society? The protest that saw center-right politicians and the parents of the other children attending the institute together managed to avert the realization of the project. The principle according to which the integration of foreign children passes through the learning of the Italian language and culture has proved successful.
So I’m Arabic mother tongue, but there is a risk that through its teaching learners may receive messages and concepts related to extremist ideologies. Arabic is in fact used as a tool for proselytism and indoctrination by the Muslim Brotherhood, opposed to a true integration of Islamic immigrants. For this reason, I have repeatedly requested the introduction into the schools of hours of daily teaching of Italian language and culture for second generation children.
To be honest the Italian language and culture should also be taught to their parents, especially women, in fact 80% of Maghreb women in Italy today cannot even decipher the letters of the alphabet and in perspective no improvements are to be expected , since 60 percent of Maghreb women under 18 are not allowed to go to school, not even compulsory schooling.
This serves to keep women from an early age in a state of segregation, which the Muslim Brotherhood wants to extend to all children to create separate communities on which to exercise their dominance, thereby advancing the fundamentalist agenda.
The absence of measures by the owners who alternated between the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of the Interior have allowed the problem to be extended to different areas of the country over the last decade, as evidenced by the events of Treviso and Seregno, which have reopened a closed wound only temporarily from the victory of common sense obtained in S. Felice (near which a mosque financed by Qatar was built in recent times).
Extremism and radicalization, the antechamber of the jihadist terrorism of Isis and Al Qaeda, are serious. When will we see an Italian government act accordingly?
Translated by Cecilia Sagnelli