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#JusticeForShukri as family say her death was no accident

The family of Shukri Yahya Abdi has called for a further investigation into her death, reporting that the police are not fully cooperating with them.

The 12-year-old died on 27th June after drowning in River Irwell in Bury and was one of six water-related deaths across the UK since the start of the scorching weather. [1] Police had been called to the River Irwell at 7:55pm, retrieving the young girl’s body from the water around four hours later.

Inna lillāhi wa inna ilayhi rājiʿoon.

It is believed that she had been with two other girls at the time and reports have spread across social media claiming that Shukri had been pushed by them. Greater Manchester Police, however, stated that these claims did not “match” with their investigation and as a result, labelled the death as a “tragic accident”.

The family refused to believe these findings, as Shukri could not swim and they could not understand why she would have “gone near the edge”. [2] As well as this, the mother stated in a video that the others “were not wet or harmed”. [3]

Shukri, her mother, and her siblings came to the UK from Somalia as refugees, hoping to live a better life. She was a student of Broad Oak Sports College, where she is reported to have been bullied for months. Despite Shukri’s mother saying that she had been complaining to the school forever, she says that the school claim that she had not complained [3]

Since the video’s release, the public organised a crowdfunding project to support the family and help towards the costs of a funeral, raising over £5,000. [4]

A Full Investigation

Speaking to 5Pillars, Shukri’s cousin, Mustaf Omar Mohamed, said that they “believe there is more to this story”. [5]

“We know that Shukri was being bullied and so do the school and the police. It was name-calling and physical. I don’t know why she was being bullied but she was a timid, scared, vulnerable girl so she was an easy target. Her mum went to the school to report it and was even in the process of taking her out of the school.” [5]

Broad Oak Sports College has since stated that they are “reviewing all policies and procedures”, focusing particularly on the school’s anti-bullying policy. [4] Headteacher Paul Greenhalgh is said to have visited the family and is now working with them “in respect of any concerns” that had been raised about the school. [4]

“She had a beautiful personality and a loving and supportive family. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are now with the family at this time and we will be supporting them and all our children through this difficult period.” [4]

Her cousin says that all the family want “is a proper investigation” and they want the police and the school “to be fully honest about everything that led up” to the incident. [4]

Shukri’s janāzah will be held today Noor Ul Islam mosque in Bury at 2:00pm, after jumʿah. There are also plans to hold a protest outside the school around 3:30pm.

May Allāh grant Shukri Jannat al-Firdous and reveal the truth to her family. Āmīn.

Source: www.islam21c.com


[1] https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/now-been-six-water-related-16508269

[2] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-48798206

[3] https://youtu.be/b0dw0fPhPEM

[4] https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/04/girl-who-drowned-in-bury-river-bullied-at-school-say-family

[5] https://5pillarsuk.com/2019/07/04/family-of-drowned-bury-schoolgirl-say-they-dont-believe-it-was-an-accident/

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  1. It is a crime against humanity to send Muslim children to non-Muslim schools with non-Muslim teachers. British schooling is the home of institutional racism and native teachers are chicken racists. British schooling and the British society is the home of institutional racism. The result is that Muslim children are unable to develop self-confidence and self-esteem, therefore, majority of them leave schools with low grades. Racism is deeply rooted in British society. It is not only the common man, even member of the royal family is involved in racism. The father of a Pakistani officer cadet who was called a “***” by Prince Harry has profoundly condemned his actions. He had felt proud when he met the Queen and the Prince of Wales at his son’s passing out parade at Sandhurst in 2006 but now felt upset after learning about the Prince’s comments.

    Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. Muslim children must develop their cultural, linguistic and spiritual development before they are exposed to outside world, otherwise, they would be lost in western jungle.

    The demand for Muslim schools comes from parents who want their children a safe environment with an Islamic ethos. Parents see Muslim schools where children can develop their Islamic Identity where they won’t feel stigmatised for being Muslims and they can feel confident about their faith. Muslim schools are working to try to create a bridge between communities. There is a belief among ethnic minority parents that the British schooling does not adequately address their cultural needs. Failing to meet this need could result in feeling resentment among a group who already feel excluded. Setting up Muslim school is a defensive response. State schools with monolingual teachers are not capable to teach English to bilingual Muslim children. Bilingual teachers are needed to teach English to such children along with their mother tongue. According to a number of studies, a child will not learn a second language if his first language is ignored.

    Indiscipline, incivility, binge drinking, drug addiction, gun and knife crimes, teenage pregnancies and abortion are part and parcel of British schooling. These are the reasons why majority of Muslim parents would like to send their children to Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. Only less than 5% attend Muslim schools and more than 95% keep on attending state and church schools to be mis-educated and de-educated by non-Muslim monolingual teachers.

    Anything Muslim is met with negativity by most people in this country. get over it, I don’t see anyone complaining about St John’s or St Edmund Catholic schools? If Muslims people want to send their children to a Muslim school, what difference does it make to you???

    Seriously, don’t worry about the kids not integrating in society, Saying all kids who go to a single faith school won’t integrate is like saying that all kids who go to a single sex school will grow up gay. It’s such an idiotic point but not a surprising one for your typical insular Portsmouth citizen.

    I think before we demand other faiths integrate into our culture we should decide what our culture actually is. Is it good Christians, fish and chips, bowler hats, binge drinking and watching Jeremy Kyle? Or are we just all completely different individuals who get on with our lives and try to let others get on with theirs. I don’t particularly feel like i share a culture with most of the white British people i know, and i don’t feel like watching east enders or liking rap music to integrate with them. I can still live alongside them though.

    With students achieving amazing results, Islamic schools have been rated as the highest-achieving learning institutes in Britain.

    They “are achieving amazing results with some of our most vulnerable learners – those who have done poorly at primary school and those who are in foster care or from low-income families,” Hamid Patel, Principal of Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School, told The Muslim News.

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