Depriving students of Islamic education lessons sparks anger in occupied Melilla

Unlike Melilla, the occupied city of Ceuta will begin teaching the Islamic religion to secondary school students, starting next academic year, after (Catholic) Christianity remained for years the only religious educational subject at the secondary level. ; This led the Islamic Committee of occupied Melilla to denounce the deprivation of this right to Muslim students in contravention of the cooperation agreement signed between the Islamic Committee of Spain (CIM) and the Spanish Executive.

The cooperation agreement, which was signed in 1992 and was heavily criticized on several occasions for the fact that a set of its provisions remained “ink on paper”, states that the Spanish central government “must guarantee Muslim students, their parents and members of their families the exercise of their right to receive Islamic education in public educational centers.” and private.”

Since 1998, Islam has been taught in primary schools in the occupied city of Melilla, where students can choose between subjects of the Catholic religion, Islam or “moral values”; However, in later educational stages, the subject of Islamic religion is removed from the list of options.

In this context, Abdelwahab Maanan, legal representative of the Islamic Committee in Melilla, confirmed to the local newspaper El Faro de Melilla that the State does not abide by the aforementioned agreement, since the Muslim community does not enjoy the same rights despite the fact that they are citizens. legitimate belonging to the State itself.

Maanan indicated that the Muslim community in occupied Melilla represents at least 50 percent of the population; However, he is marginalized and discriminated against, wondering why the central authority grants the right to train members of other religions in his own religion while depriving members of the Muslim community.

The representative of the Islamic Committee in Melilla confirmed that the committee worked to write to the different departments in order to initiate the procedures for the inclusion of the subject of Islamic education in secondary institutions. However, no response has been forthcoming, or any indication of the possibility of that in the near future, expressing hope of achieving this in the future.

Elvaro de Melilla, who raised the issue, highlighted that a group of educational activities with which he spoke defended the right of Muslims to receive Islamic religion lessons in secondary education for their children; Among them are the Federation of Associations of Fathers and Mothers of Students of Melilla, and the delegate of the Christian parish for education.

Mohamed El-Wadi, general secretary of the Trade Union Office for the Administrative and Educational Framework of the Muslim Students Headquarters Foundation in occupied Melilla, confirmed, in previous statements to Hespress, that the teaching of Islamic subjects remains exclusively in primary and secondary schools. the aforementioned headquarters and some associations that act in mosques or at their headquarters.

In the same context, Al-Wadi indicated that an Islamic institute is under construction, which is expected to perform the same functions as Islamic institutes in a group of European countries.