The Jamia al Hudaa Residential College in Nottingham, England, is closing its doors after being accused of and investigated for allegedly teaching Sharia law-type rules, including anti-gay beliefs (video below).
The U.K.'s Department for Education told the Islamic school for girls to close its residential operation, which is home to about 85 percent of the students, which means the school must effectively close down everything, reports The Times via The Sun.
The school insists the investigation was "completely biased and unfair," and part of a "highly politicized agenda" that includes inspections of Islamic schools in the U.K.
Former student Aliyah Saleem raised red flags about the school in 2014. She asserted that she was kicked out in 2011 for owning a disposable camera, and she also says: "At least four girls accused of being lesbians were expelled during my time. Teachers and pupils discussed it openly."
Saleem told RT.com in an interview:
I was taught bigoted views. I was told that homosexuality was diseased, it was horrible; in a Sharia state, a gay man could be executed. And I used to get into arguments with teachers about this. I remember being thrown out of class for asking a question, "Why does God kill somebody for being gay? How can that be correct?"
Music was taught to us to be the voice of the devil, it was evil. We weren't allowed to listen to music in our own bedrooms. If you were caught with a little radio, you could find yourself in detention or have it confiscated or be suspended.
According to The Sun, the school has previously said that Saleem was expelled for "disruptive behavior," and the school denied that it taught the death penalty for homosexual men.
The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) investigated the school for two years, and recently released its report that said students lacked "opportunity to learn and make progress and receive effective preparation for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in British society."
Ofsted also said the school "does not promote balanced views," and "pupils did not understand what is meant by the term 'British values.'"
Parents of students have been told to pick up their daughters from the school by Oct. 18.
A school spokesperson said: "The school has policies and extensive risk assessments in place to promote British values. The school feels this is a very unfair judgment."