Muslim teen dating
Seven-year-old Zaahirah Abdullah has a passion for nose rings and bellybutton rings, thanks to her friends and a favorite teacher at Pyrtle elementary school in Lincoln, Nebraska.
She's really into style," says her mother Najla Abdullah, who attended the same public school as a child.
Zaahirah is one of the 99 percent of Muslim children in the United States who attend public schools.
And it's her generation over whom the debate about sending Muslim children to Muslim or public school currently rages.
I belong to an identifiable community,'" writes New-York based Muslim school teacher Yahiya Emerick in an e-mail interview with Sound Vision.He has worked full-time in two Islamic schools, one in Michigan and the other in New York."Had one [a Muslim school] been available in the city, they would definitely have sent me," says Abdullah of her parents."I think they would definitely have wanted me to have that sense of camaraderie, and that strength of people around you who are of the same faith and are there to support [you]." "A Muslim school is the only place where they [Muslim kids] will ever have the chance to develop an identity that says, "Hey, these are my people.
"I can see I really need to build Islamic fundamentals with her," she adds earnestly in an interview with Sound Vision.Zaahira's interest in body ornamentation through the influence of friends and her teacher speaks to the power of public schools in shaping the attitudes of most Muslim children in North America.