'Anti Semite' school under investigation.
Byline: Robert Sutcliffe News Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Department for Education is to investigate a privately-run religious school in Kirklees.
The madrassah in Dewsbury has been accused of dividing communities by teaching children an extreme form of Islam.
The Tarbiyah Academy, in Boothroyd Lane, teaches 140 primary-age children in after-school classes. In addition it runs full-time programmes for over-16s.
Reports said the centre's founder and head, Mufti Aubair Dudha, had compiled a leaflet which claims Jews are engaged in a global conspiracy and that films, magazines and celebrities are part of a conspiracy whereby young Muslims' minds are poisoned.
In other leaflets Muslims are warned not to adopt British customs, women are told not to work, all mixed-sex institutions are described as evil and TV is banned.
The revelations are particularly sensitive given Dewsbury's large Muslim population and breeding ground for radicalisation. Britain's youngest suicide bomber, who blew himself up in Iraq, came from the town and Mohammad Sidique Khan was the ringleader of the 7/7 terror attacks.
Mr Dudha told Sky News: "It saddens me greatly that certain extracts from our publications have been taken and misrepresented to link the Academy with extremism.
"We fully believe in the importance and need of integration whilst being able to practise our faith."
No-one was available for comment at the Academy yesterday. Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff said: "It is important that the very serious allegations made about the Islamic Tarbiyah Academy in Dewsbury are fully investigated and that, where any evidence of extremist practice is found, prompt and direct action is taken.
"We must also recognise that Dewsbury is a town which benefits greatly from its diversity and that its residents, who are from all sorts of backgrounds, believe in the importance of integration and our town should continue to be proud of that. We work hard to achieve community cohesion and local people of all faiths remain united and clear that extremism has no place round here."
Fiyaz Mughal, director of the community group Fa i t h Matters, which works on issues of integration and cohesion, said: "There are numerous issues that this case raises. What we have seen in the Tarbiyah academy is not a mainstream view of Islam and we need to make that clear.
"It is one set of views where references to anti-Semitic material have been made. This is unacceptable."
The Department for Education said: "These serious allegations are under investigation.
"While it would be inappropriate to comment on the specific investigations, we are clear that extremism has no place in our society and we are determined to protect children from it."
| A police car is parked outside the Tarbiyah Academy in Dewsbury on Thursday night. Below: Fiyaz Mughal, director of the community group Faith Matters