This is a really interesting thread! I have not seen the video of the maulana beating the kids but I am not surprised
it happens. When I used to go to mosque as a child a long time ago it was normal for at least one of us to get
beaten by the imam sahib! i remember one situation where the imam saw two people fighting in the mosque when he went to refreshen his wuzu.
when he came back and saw the fighting he began to beat both of them with a stick until the stick broke in to two pieces. The rest of us didn't dare
to breath loudly after that. The irony was that those boys being beaten were "rude boys" in school but in the mosque after that they were
meek as a mouse. Still, I don't agree with it at all anymore.
I am an adult now and an educator and parent myself. There is no way I would tolerate a maulvi [or anyone else] physically abusing my
child like that. We would not tolerate it if our child's school teacher beat him -- and the teacher would certainly go to jail and lose his or her job--
so why would we tolerate it in the mosque?
Speaking as an educator, I can tell you from experience that the way to make students interested is to make your lessons interesting: make
them variable, hands on, lots of varied activities, get the students to think, add multimedia, discussions, critical thinking activities etc. The
learning by rote method in mosques is boring for the majority. The methods of 19th/20th century India and Pakistan are not viable in the UK in the
twenty first century! Islam is such a beautiful and vast subject that the resources for teaching it in mosques shouldn't be too hard to gather!
Our problem is our maulvis are not qualified to teach in this modern environment. And maulvis should be CRB checked too just like teachers
As for discipline, yes children need discipline but that can be achieved by taking away their privileges etc. Also parents/teachers need to lead by example.
Yes, there are a very tiny minority of out-of-control feral children/teenagers who probably require military discipline! The return of corporal
punishment in schools is another topic. Even then it was controlled and only the headteacher had the right to administer the cane. A stroke of the cane
on the buttocks is a far cry from the beatings afflicted on some of our children in mosques.
Regarding the situation in Bradford I have never been there but by the sounds of it there is a generation of failed teenagers/young adults.
We need psychologists/psychiatrists to reach some of these people. The ultimate blame lies in the parents and in the community which is isolationist
and still stuck in its old mindset -- from what I hear.
"the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..."
"My intercession is for my sinful followers" - hadith of Sayyidina Rasool Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam