This didn’t happen just once or twice, but 109 times. It probably happened more than that as well — who, after all, was really keeping track? But this imam, Abdul Rauf, clearly didn’t think he was doing anything wrong. The book he was teaching these children, after all, says to beat disobedient women and kill infidels, so with violence thus sanctified, why wouldn’t he slap, kick and push those who weren’t learning it properly?
“Imam jailed for 109 attacks on children in Koran class,” by Gabriella Swerling, The Times, July 3, 2018:
An imam who used “Dickensian”-style teaching methods at a mosque has been jailed for more than 100 attacks on young boys.
Abdul Rauf, 51, slapped, pushed or kicked the boys aged as young as nine while teaching them the Koran at a mosque in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.
The children were too scared to complain of their beatings and the offending was not revealed until one victim told a teacher at his school that he and another boy had been assaulted at the Dar-Ul-Munawar Ghamkol Sharif mosque.
Police were called in October last year and officers seized CCTV of the imam’s classes. They scoured more than 40 hours of tapes and discovered footage of 109 assaults….
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