Music class will not be happening for Mohammad Nouman Dasu's three children at Toronto’s Donwood Park elementary school because music “violates his Islamic faith”.
According to Globe And Mail, the Toronto District School Board originally had offered an accommodation by having students just clap their hands in place of playing instruments instead of being exempt from the whole class, which is a mandatory part of the Ontario curriculum.
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However, that accommodation was not enough for Dasu, a Koran teacher, who says he has led the fight on behalf of parents. He presented the school with a “Petition for Accommodation of Religious Beliefs of Muslim Students” that was signed by 130 parents. He even requested a letter from his mosque to clarify.
“We here believe that music is haram [forbidden]. We can neither listen to it, nor can we play a role in it,” Imam Kasim Ingar said.
“We do not compromise with anyone on the clear-cut orders and principles conveyed by the Prophet,” Ingar added.
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Dasu has since moved to a different neighbourhood and plans on transferring his kids to a new public school where he can renew his jihad against music.
“My kids cannot participate in music or drama, that’s for sure. Let them sit in a library to read, or in an office, or let them volunteer around the school during that time, that’s all okay. We’re flexible,” he said.
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