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Muslim fury over a woman teacher they thought was a man

AN ANGRY mob of Muslims parents converged on a school in Blackburn, Lancashire, this week to demand the sacking of a secretary they believed was a man in a hijab.

According to this report, the target of their outrage was Shifa Patel, whose woes began when photographs of her with short hair and wearing a shirt and trousers were spotted on the social networking site Facebook.

Shifa Patel (photo taken from  a set sent anonymously to MPACUK)

Shifa Patel (photo taken from a set sent anonymously to MPACUK)

The pictures were then circulated among pupils at Al-Islah Muslim Girls’ School by email before it reached parents.

When Fatima Patel, the acting head teacher, heard the gossip, she sent a letter reassuring parents of Miss Patel’s gender. The secretary even underwent a medical examination to prove she was female and quell the rumours.

But when an angry mob of parents gathered at the school gates attempting to force their way in and demanding she be sacked, the secretary decided to hand in her resignation and the head also decided to quit in protest.

Miss Patel, who is 28, said:

I will never forgive those who did this to me and spread these lies. I have irrefutable medical evidence that I’m a woman. The people who have done this to me have hurt me so badly.

In some of the pictures Miss Patel is pictured alongside the acting headteacher.

Fatima Patel said:

When some parents approached me I said to them I will take the Quran in my hand and swear to tell the truth. But they were more concerned with getting a GP’s certificate for Shifa. What does that say about some people?

This incident has affected me and Shifa and it will take a lot to get her confidence back. We must add that some parents have come and supported us.

The private school has nearly 200 students and occupies the first floor of a red-brick mosque in Blackburn.

It was established in 1995 by parents who were concerned about the state school environment and the effect it might have on their children.

The vast majority of pupils are girls, but some boys are admitted at primary level. All students must adhere to a strict uniform code.

Music is viewed as un-Islamic and GCSE students are taught Islamic studies, rather than religious education, and Arabic and Urdu instead of modern European languages.

According to a report of the incident in the Daily Mail, the £1,000-a-year independent school, claims to:

Nurture the intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual growth of Muslim children with the hope of producing confident, competent individuals who can go out into British society and contribute positively without compromising their beliefs and practices.

Sergeant John Rigby, of Lancashire Constabulary’s minority team, said:

Police were called to the school after reports that people were trying to damage school doors. When we arrived a group of 10 to 15 people were outside the school. This is an entirely internal school matter and police were simply there to calm the situation down.

Nizamuddin Makda, 57, was one of the school’s founder members and its headteacher until January last year. He employed Shifa Patel as an administrator in 2003.

He said the photographs showed her with short hair in “manly clothes behaving like a man”.

21 Responses to “Muslim fury over a woman teacher they thought was a man”

  1. Broga says:

    As an example of thousands of acts of cruelty every day, fuelled by the crazy beliefs of self righteous and vicious religious nutters, this is no more than one rather mild example. Others include the hell of Female Sexual Mutilation with female infants tied down while some hag slices their clitoris. And our religious and political leaders absolutely turn away and do not want to know. Another is beating the devil out of young children……………… Probably not enough time to tackle this what with the expenses problem of MPs. No chance of a spot on Thought for the Day to protest, of course. YUK!!!

  2. Stonyground says:

    They are a retarded and backward lot though aren't they, gathering into a hate fueled mob over the most trivial things. Playground gossip, now there is a reliable source of information, was there not one intelligent adult among them to point out that kids make up all kinds of stories about teachers and staff at their schools and that this story was almost 100% certain not to be true?

    I agree with Broga that there are far worse things that these people get up to but isn't it the sort of mentality demonstrated here that is the root cause of the other atrocities?

  3. uzza says:

    "islamic school" appears to be an oxymoron.

  4. barriejohn says:

    "This is an entirely internal school matter". No it`s not – these poor kids` minds are being corrupted by these retards. Where are Social Services?

  5. Buffy says:

    Hooray for religion and its constant obsession with rigid gender roles and peoples genitals. I'm amazed we've progressed as far as we have considering how some religious types are incapable of getting their noses out of others' crotches long enough to do much of anything (other than wage war).

  6. Angela_K says:

    Religion, in particular Islam, dictates that its followers behave like immature, petulant brats – very dangerous ones at that. This is yet another classic example.

  7. Exclusive Pics! says:

    STFU guys and have a look at the pictures before jumping to conclusions, looking at the pictures I'm not surprised they that the parents thought she was a man. Pics can be seen here: http://www.mpacuk.org/content/view/5755/102/

  8. Harry says:

    I saw comments elsewhere suggesting that some of the protesters might have suspected she was a lesbian but knew that complaining about that would be doomed to fail.

    I don't claim it's true but it explains a lot if it is. Not least why they're protesting her manly appearance and aren't accepting medical proof that she is really a woman. If what they really want is medical proof that she isn't a lesbian.

  9. Thanks, Exclusive. Post updated.

    The pictures do not excuse the parents' behaviour.

  10. barriejohn says:

    I can`t believe that you have actually posted this comment here, whoever you are (Heinrich Himmler, perhaps?). Someone (anti zionist – oh how original!!), actually says @ MPAC: "a woman/man like this should not be at a muslim school". Why the bloody hell not, I would like to know!!! I agree with Harry`s comment (below) – they SUSPECT that she may be a (whisper it) "lesbian"!!!!!

  11. remigius says:

    Shifa certainly looks a lot better without the beard.

  12. remigius says:

    I'm not convinced. Just from the photo's I would say that 'she' is a bloke.

    Drinking pints; the lad's holiday; wearing the traditional groom's sherwani in the wedding photo. Pictured at what is quite possibly a family function with the same lass.

    The clothing, the jewellery, the watch all say man. So does the body language, especially in the outside pub photo and the lad's on the beach shot.

    I think there is more to this story than meets the eye!

  13. Serai says:

    Clearly a woman, and probably a lesbian yes, but so what? I'd like to say I am surprised that these morons can't tell the difference between a woman and a man even a woman who cross dresses and acts manly, but I'm not. Then again why let examining the evidence properly get in the way of forming an outraged lynch mob?

  14. Anonymous says:

    To Angela_K, if you judge a person by religion what abt the Christians? Aren't they brat too???

  15. heng says:

    uhm, assuming brat means something sensible in this context, then yes, Christians are too.

  16. Buffy says:

    The photo changes nothing. So what if she is androgynous? It doesn't affect her work and the only people who seem to care about it are megalomaniacal control freaks.

  17. Fr33think3r says:

    The same could be said for a christian school

  18. barriejohn says:

    <Anonymous is referring to the comment by Angela_K (above). Christians are trying to get the laws on equality overturned in this country so that they can legally sack homosexual workers, refuse to employ (openly – hahaha!) gay teachers in their "faith schools", and refuse to allow gay couples to adopt children from their orphanages, so the answer is: "Yes, Christians DO behave like immature, petulant brats"!!

  19. barriejohn says:

    Anonymous is referring to the comment by Angela_K (above). Christians are trying to get the laws on equality overturned in this country so that they can legally sack homosexual workers, refuse to employ (openly – hahaha!) gay teachers in their "faith schools", and refuse to allow gay couples to adopt children from their orphanages, so the answer is: "Yes, Christians DO behave like immature, petulant brats"!!

  20. barriejohn says:

    I think you`ve taken leave of your senses, remigius – have you converted to Catholicism?

  21. aisha says:

    dats sad on her bless err x