SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Some parents of middle school students in a South Carolina school are upset with a social studies curriculum that requires sixth-graders to learn the Five Pillars of Islam and affirm that Islam “is a religion of peace.”
“Allah: There is no god but Him, the Living, the Eternal One. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes him,” was one of the passages listed on a fill-in-the-blanks worksheet, EAGnews.org reported.
The local TV station, WCSC, also covered the controversy at Alston Middle School in Summerville.
The lessons are part of a class called the Survey of Civilization.
One fill-in-the-blank question included the statement “Islam is a religion of _____.” The correct answer was “peace.”
Among other fill-in-the-blanks:
The Five Pillars of Islam are a basic expression of the Islamic faith. They include reciting the Muslim profession of faith, daily prayers (Salat), alms giving (Zakat), fasting during Ramadan, and a pilgrimage to Mecca.