A Muslim cleric who teaches at a school in New Jersey says the Holy Bible, the Qur’an and other holy texts should not be taught to students because they are in conflict with Islamic teachings.
The dispute started last year when a student, Muhammad Atef, was sent to a Christian school in South Jersey to learn the Quran.
“It is not the Holy Qur’ans verses that are problematic,” he told ABC News.
“They are the texts.
They are the books of the Quran, the history of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Those are not the issues.”
But Ateff said it is the Quran that is in conflict, and he said he does not agree with the school’s decision to teach the book of the Bible.
“The Quran is the book,” he said.
“It is the law of God.
We have to read it.
It is a sacred book.”
Atef said that because he is Muslim, his faith requires him to use the Holy Book in its entirety.
“When I pray, I say the word of God,” he explained.
“When I read, I look at the text of the book.
It’s a sacred text.”
But the controversy has drawn criticism from Muslim organizations that say the Quran is not an authentic text.
They say it is an imitation of the bible, a book that was not created by God.
And they say the book has been used as a textbook in American schools, a claim that the school denies.
The issue has been brewing since last summer, when a judge in New York State struck down the school district’s ban on the use of the Qurans teachings in the classroom.
The New Jersey-based Islamic Center of North Jersey has been trying to get a judge to lift the ban, which would allow the school to allow its students to read the Quran in the class, but the judge has said it could take years to do so.
So far, there have been no rulings from the court.