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Child reading the Bible

Fatwaa ID: 523

Question:
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

My stundent attends a catholic school and is instructed to read the Bible every morning collectively as a class and sometimes individually to the whole class , if they refuse to they are given detention.

Please advise on the ruling for this and if it’s dentrimental to they’re imaan .

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

A person is affected by what he reads. Likewise, the environment that one is in has a great effect on the person. A child is affected even more. It is not permissible for a child to read the Bible, collectively or individually, and that too daily. As the school is a Catholic school, I doubt speaking to the office will make a difference. The parents should fear Allaah Ta’aala and take the child out of the school immediately. There are many Muslim schools that they may consider. If they cannot find anything suitable, homeschooling is a viable option.
Deen cannot be compromised for education. Education without Deen is of no value. The parents should be ashamed of themselves that they have chosen to put their children in such a place. Do they not have any value for their child’s imaan? If tomorrow the child becomes a Christian or leaves Islam, the parents will be directly responsible and accountable for this.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

07/13/1444 AH – 02/04/2023 CE | AML1-7014

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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