School District Defends Children Singing “Allahu Akbar” at Minnesota Public School Holiday Concert
Guest post by Aleister
A school in Minnesota is at the center of controversy right now because the holiday concert included a song in Arabic which contained the phrase “Allahu Akbar.”
Because Christmas is all about Mohammad.
The lyrics read:
Ramadan has come and gone
Eid has dawned upon us
Thank You Allah for this blessed day.
It’s a time of brotherhood, a time of peace
Muslims are singing praises to Allah
CBS News reported:
Parents Question Choice To Sing ‘Allahu Akbar’ At Holiday Concert
Some parents in the Anoka-Hennepin School District are questioning a choir teacher’s decision to use a song about Ramadan performed in Arabic at a holiday concert.
At Thursday night’s concert at Blaine High School, one of the songs students will be singing includes Arabic words, including the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great.”
Christian and Jewish songs will be performed as well, but the Ramadan song is getting all the attention.
It started with a post on Facebook. A parent of a ninth-grade Blaine choir student posted the lyrics to the song the choir has been practicing. When others learned students would be singing the song on Thursday, the comments took a turn.
One person posted, “No child should be forced to sing a song about the Muslims and the religion of hatred.”
Another parent, who didn’t want to be identified, told WCCO phone that considering the recent events in Paris and San Bernardino, singing a song about Allah would be “insensitive.”
The Anoka- Hennepin School District said they have received about a dozen complaints about the song. Some are from parents, some are from people not even affiliated with the school.
In light of recent events. this was a pretty dumb move on the school’s part.
UPDATE: The school defended the music selection.
The school district said it’s received about a dozen complaints about the song. It released a statement explaining the diversity of the school and its desire to “promote equal opportunities for all students,” CBS reported.
“Songs are not performed in a worship setting or to promote religion, but rather in [an] educational setting where students are learning and performing music,” the district’s statement said.