Swaziland: Government Erases Islamic Religious Studies In Schools



Swazi Anti-Muslim Policy – In a surprising fashion, the Swaziland government has abolished the teaching of the Muslim religion in the school curriculum.

As a matter of fact, only Christianity is to be taught in Swazi schools.

The education ministry has instructed all head teachers to ensure that the syllabus would not mention any religion other than Christianity, including Islam and Judaism.

According to Pat Muir, the policy is hoped to zero down chances of confusing pupils.

“Other religions will not be offered at primary and high school level,” 

“At tertiary level, they will be able to make a decision to learn about other religions.”

Even at that, some tertiary institutions have been discovered to be encouraging religious (Islamic) extremism.

The security threat caused by Islamic extremists all around the world has made religion a sensitive subject to address.

As a measure of curbing potential risks, the new Swaziland law says students will only learn Christianity in schools till they get to the University level when they are old enough to make a decision on which religion to opt for.

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Swaziland has a young number of Muslims with about 10% of the country’s population. As the law is welcomed by quite a lot of people, the minority Muslim percentage, have criticized the law; viewing it as an infringement of religious freedom.

From the political perspective, that may not completely be so; considering the fact that ISIS in 2016, adopted the style of recruiting and brainwashing teenagers, turning them into suicide bombers.

Sahid Matsebula, a Swazi-born Muslim who works for a mosque near the capital Mbabane, fears that the law could cause more religious friction in the country.

“What plan does the government have in place for our children who are not Christians?”

“They will be taught one thing at home and taught something else at school.”

Countering his angle of argument, president of the Swaziland Conference of Churches, Stephen Masilela, says:

“Christianity is the bedrock religion on which this country was built.”

Will the ban on Islamic religion in schools curriculum affect the rate of Islamic conversion?

Islam is one of the fastest growing religion at the moment. With the horrid and disastrous signature of Islamic groups like ISIS, countries have begun to take measures that can help check and tone down radical Islamism.

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Not long ago, Morocco which is a largely Muslim country halted the production and importation of the burqa. Every nation is on its guard, as the group strikes all and sundry at unpredictable hours.

Though Islamic faithfuls insist that the religion is a peaceful one, more and more countries of the world are not acting like they buy it.

Africa’s critic and Noble Laureate, Wole Soyinka has once said he wished there were “painless” means of effacing religion from the human DNA. A statement of this sort is as a result of the sad and devastating conditions that Islamic terrorists have left several societies.

Arguing that the religion is a peaceful one, however, does not match up to the extent radicals of same religion have gone in destroying “infidels”.

Understanding that non-violent Muslims get to bear the brunt of the Swazi anti-Muslim policy, we want to know your thoughts on this issue.