Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Online Islam School for Romania Muslims

By Hany Salah, IOL Correspondent
Image: The online school aims to shield Romanian Muslims against extremist ideologies.
Nov. 15, 2009

BUCHAREST — Making use of the state-of-the- art technology to spread the true teachings of Islam, Romanian Muslims have launched an online school to teach Islamic studies in the south-eastern European country.

"This is the first online school to allow Romanian Muslim youth to study Islamic sciences," Cherim Enghin, co-founder and head of the Muslim Association of Romania, told IslamOnline. net Sunday, November 15.

Students study a two-year course on Islamic subjects, including Qur'an, Hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and Islamic jurisprudence.

The course is divided into three semesters, each takes three months.

Students pay only a 25-euro fees to enroll in the school www.asociatiamusulm anilor.ro

"The school is meeting a high demand from students," said Bari Nerdin, Head of the Romanian Muslim Youth Association.

Founders say the online school aims to meet a cute shortage in Islamic education institutions in the country.

"Romania has no Islamic school nor university that allows Muslims to study the Islamic studies in an in-depth and systematic way," said Enghin.

There are some 70,000 Muslims in Romanian, making up two percent of its 22 million population.

Most Romanian Muslims belong to the Tatar, Turkish or Albanian ethnic communities.

Shielding Muslims

Muslim leaders say that the online school is also meant to shield Romanian Muslims against extremist ideologies.

"Many Muslim youth resort to foreign websites to study Islamic sciences, which leave them at risk of extremist ideas," Enghin said.

"Therefore, the school allows youths in Romania and abroad to study the Islamic subjects through its website."

Nerdin agrees.

"It provides Romanian youth with a moderate, scientific Islamic reference in their own language," he said.

"It protects youth against random search for Islamic subjects on the Internet.

"The school curricula also help youths to build an integrated Islamic personality and play their role in their society."

Nerdin, also a school lecturer, said efforts are underway to get an official recognition of the online school from Romania's Mufti and all Muslim organizations.

"This would allow our graduates to assume the role of imam…especially that many Romanian regions don't have imams."

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