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Council suspends funding to schools linked to Hizb ut-Tahrir
From the Sunday Telegraph
Schools run by members of the Islamic extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir have had their public funding suspended and will be placed under investigation after the payments were exposed by The Sunday Telegraph.
Government grants totalling £113,000 were paid last year to the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation, which runs a nursery and a primary school in Tottenham, north London and a primary in Slough, Berkshire. The grants continued this year, although no figures are available.
The foundation's lead trustee and "proprietor" of the Slough school is Yusra Hamilton, a leading member of Hizb ut-Tahrir and wife of the group's main press spokesman, Taji Mustafa.
The public money – from the Government's Early Years Fund – was paid to help run the nursery school and two Islamic primary schools where children are taught key elements of Hizb's ideology from the age of five. It was administered by the local authority, Haringey.
In a statement, the Home Office said: "Haringey Council has decided to suspend its allocation of Early Years Funding, to the schools concerned, pending an investigation."
Hizb regards integration as "dangerous", says that British Muslims should "fight assimilation" into UK society and opposes all involvement with the "corrupt" state. It wants to create a global Islamic superstate, or "caliphate", initially in Muslim-majority countries and then across the rest of the world.
Other trustees of the Shakhsiyah Foundation who are Hizb members or activists include Farah Ahmed, the head teacher of the Slough school, who has written in a Hizb journal condemning the "corrupt Western concepts of materialism and freedom".
On their website, the schools say their "ultimate goal" and "foremost work" is the creation of an "Islamic personality" in children. The creation of an "Islamic personality" is a key tenet of Hizb's ideology. The schools' history curriculum states that children are taught that "there must be one ruler of the khilafah [caliphate]". The schools' website says that "in the glorious history of Islam... the Sharia was the norm". Children are taught Arabic from the age of three.
A former teacher at one of the schools told yesterday how they were set up as a "great way of creating Hizb ut-Tahrir propaganda".
The former teacher said: "The concept behind it was to allow the school to speak for itself and then to lure [pupils] in through that doorway."