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Friday, 5 April 2013
'Harlem Shake' video by pupils at Blackburn Muslim girls' school - girls face disciplinary action

From the Lancashire Telegraph

A YOUTUBE video of pupils at a Muslim girls’ secondary school (Tauheedul Islam Girls High School) dancing in a pre-prayer washroom has been removed from the website. The footage, filmed on a mobile phone and titled Tauheedul Harlem Shake, is believed to be the girls’ version of the internet dance craze.

Headteacher Hamid Patel spent last weekend in talks with the girls’ parents but declined to confirm what disciplinary action he has taken.

Officials at the school said they were concerned about bad publicity at a time when Tauheedul was planning to expand its education brand in Blackburn and across the country.

A governer at the school, Coun Suleman Khonat, said: “This could not have come at a worse time. The school is of a strict Muslim faith and Mr Patel is very disappointed in the girls. He is determined to get to the bottom of what has gone on. I think the girls have let themselves down. . . "

Post office manager Moin Mathia, whose daughter attended Tauheedul Girls, said he believes the youngsters should not be disproportionately punished for making the video.

He said: “It was in the wrong place, Tauheedul is a religious school, but they are just young kids. What they’ve done is wrong but expelling or suspending them is not the right way to go about it.”

There is no fun in Islam. Certanly none for girls.

Posted on 04/05/2013 5:04 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
6 Apr 2013
Send an emailSue R

Getting expelled or suspended maight be the best thing to ever happen to them.

9 Apr 2013
Christina McIntosh

 For any of those girls who may just possibly, by some outside chance, luck in here; who may be feeling discontented, unhappy, fearful, who perhaps suspects that an unwanted and feared forced 'marriage' with some ugly hairy much-older cousin may be in the offing; who may be having rebellious thoughts, and longings that reach beyond the horizons of Islam, Islam, Islam...

'Be a Butterfly'.

Here's hoping for many, many, many 'Hannah Shah's.

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