Image of Prophet Muhammad Causes Scandal in UK School, Divides Muslim Parents
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While one concerned parent insisted he’s disappointed with the school, there are also those who have accepted the school’s apology.
Hunter’s Bar, a primary school in Sheffield, South Yorkshire has apologised for an incident last week involving the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.
According to the Daily Mail, a teacher showed a picture of the prophet and wished him a happy birthday during an assembly. Islam forbids pictorial depictions of Muhammad and any other prophets.
It happened “during an assembly last Friday in a presentation celebrating the achievements of the children during the holy month of Ramadan.”
Atif Mohammed, who has two children at the school, has rejected the school’s apology, declaring the situation “ludicrous” and insisting that he won’t allow his children to return to school.
He also insisted that “there will be meetings in the mosque…We will be taking it further there as they work closely with people in education in Sheffield.”
Some parents, however, argued that displaying the prophet’s image was not done in bad faith, with one of them – Mohammed Ali – saying he had received a call from the teacher who spoke to him “apologetically and honestly.”
Other Muslim parents reportedly said that most families had accepted the school’s apology.
Hunter’s Bar is not the first school to be caught up in a scandal involving the prophet’s depiction.
In March, a protest erupted outside the Batley Grammar School in West Yorkshire after a teacher showed a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad in a lesson; shortly after, the school issued an apology and suspended the teacher.
And in October 2020, Samuel Paty, a middle school teacher in France, was beheaded by an 18-year-old Muslim refugee of Chechen ethnicity after he showed his class Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.