This is a mainstream Philly newspaper. Have you ever seen any enemedia newspaper run an admiring piece about Jewish students studying the Torah, or Christians studying the New Testament? And this is in Philadelphia, where a Muslim recently shot a Philly cop at point-blank range and explained that he did it for Allah. Had that Muslim shooter, Edward Archer, memorized the Quran? This ridiculous article is all part of the ongoing enemedia effort to mainstream and normalize Islam in the United States, and to make us resigned and complacent in the face of ongoing jihad activity.
The Philadelphia Inquirer should be ashamed of itself, if it were capable of shame at this point, but it isn’t any different from newspapers all over the country — they all would have run this, and would never give any similar treatment to activities of any other religion.
“Philly area Muslim students memorize Quran – 6,200 verses – for a place in paradise,” by Kristin E. Holmes, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2018:
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For two hours every evening, six students sit on the floor at the Quba Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies in West Philadelphia, their backs against a wall, heads buried in workbooks. It may take years, but they’re on their way toward a goal that few in the school’s three-decade history have reached.
They are attempting to memorize the Quran — all 114 chapters and 6,200 verses, in Arabic, of the sacred text that Muslims believe was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. If they succeed, they will become distinguished members of the Muslim community, respected for their expertise. When they die, they are granted special access to paradise.
“We call them the Keepers of God’s Word,” said Imam Anas Muhaimin, the institute’s director. “It’s every parent’s dream that their children memorize the Quran.”
As young as 9, the Quba students are taking on the holy challenge, a centuries-old tradition, at a time when Islam and its institutions are a burgeoning presence in the region. Worldwide, it is the fastest-growing major religion, with 1.8 billion adherents; Muslims are expected to outnumber Christians by 2075, according to a 2017 study by the Pew Research Center. In the United States, their numbers have risen from 2.75 million in 2011 to nearly 3.5 million.
As many as 400,000 live in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, and 180,000 in New Jersey. Those populations now served by at least 175 mosques and about 40 Islamic schools, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Twenty years ago, after-school classes for Quran memorization were difficult to find, said Imam Numaan Cheema, of the Zubaida Foundation, a nonprofit that includes a mosque and school in Yardley, Bucks County. If they wanted their children to learn the book by rote, he said, area families often had to send them away to boarding schools.
That is no longer the case.
Zubaida added a memorization course two years ago. The IQRA Institute in Trooper (Iqra, Arabic for “read,” is the first word revealed in the Quran) was founded three years ago, in part to meet a growing demand for Islamic education and Quran memorization, said Abdullah Bakran, director of the Montgomery County school. The GCLEA (Gracious Center of Learning and Enrichment Activities) in Cherry Hill began a Quran memorization program in August.
Increasingly, Cheema said, young Muslims seeking instruction are being influenced by the extensive coverage of the faith on television and in social media. They want to learn more….
Abdullah Patterson, 13, of West Philadelphia, has learned seven of the 30 juz by heart. He wants to be an imam, and has been memorizing the Quran after school with Muhaimin for five years. He loves to watch football and play video games. But outside interests don’t outstrip his desire to finish what he started.
“When you learn it, you get a big reward — paradise. There are gardens, rivers flowing, things you can’t imagine,” Patterson said. “I know I will finish.”
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