US county closes schools after students practice calligraphy by writing "There is no god but Allah"

US county closes schools after students practice calligraphy by writing ''There is no god but Allah''

The school district, however, convened a meeting on Dec. 11th to discuss the assignment with outraged parents, the report said.

A Virginia school district closed all of its schools and offices after an outcry over a high school geography lesson that included an example of Arabic religious calligraphy, a media report said. 

According to The Express Tribune, the lesson, which was part of a world geography class at Riverheads High School, asked the students to copy the Arabic letters that translate to: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad (PBUH) is the messenger of Allah.”

The school district, however, convened a meeting on Dec. 11th to discuss the assignment with outraged parents, the report said. 

“Neither these lessons, nor any other lesson in the world geography course, are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion, or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief,” said a statement provided to Fox News.

"The Muslim-friendly calligraphy assignment took place in a world geography class. The teacher had the kids copy the Muslim statement of faith, also known as the shahada," it said. 

“The statement presented as an example of the calligraphy was not translated for students, nor were students asked to translate it, recite it or otherwise adopt or pronounce it as a personal belief,” the district stated. 

They said it was all about the art — not about the theology, Fox News reported.  

“They were simply asked to attempt to artistically render written Arabic in order to understand its artistic complexity,” it quoted the district statement. 

The district said the assignment was consistent with the Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning and the requirements for content instruction on world monotheistic religions, the Fox News report said.