September 14, 2011
I am a former Al-Ghazaly student, and while this school is not perfect, it is not as bad as people make it seem. I am proud to say that as a Bayonne High School senior, I am able to read, write, and speak Arabic fluently, unlike a great many students raised in public schools. When a non-Muslim approaches me, asking questions like why I wear the hijab or why I fast, I am able to deliver proper, Islamically correct explanation. Al-Ghazaly has also helped me strengthen my writing and reading. However, while the school has its many positive aspects, it also has its flaws. Al-Ghazaly needs to stress the fact that the Islamic clothes students wear make them representatives of the Muslim Ummah. When wearing a Military uniform, soldiers are forbidden from committing unfavorable acts; why should Islamic clothing be any different? Additionally, while the sex separation should continue to be enforced, it should be done in a moderate manner that won't incite students to rebel. Also, the school needs to disregard national origin--we're all Muslim, whether we are Palestinian, Egyptian, Pakistani, Syrian, Jordanian, etc. Other than that, Al-Ghazaly makes a fine Islamic environment.
- submitted by a community member