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Choosing appropriate schools for our children

Schools with an un Islamic ethos

Our life in this temporary abode is for a sublime purpose. It is to recognise our Creator and Sustainer, Allah Ta'ala, and to establish His Deen on earth.

While fulfilling one's purpose and object of life, one will also need to acquire the necessities of life since this world is a place of means. The earning of a livelihood is thus a necessity for which one requires basic life skills — reading, writing, calculating and all that follows thereafter.    

Unfortunately due to lack of direction, some parents jeopardise their children's Hereafter in the attempt to acquire the best of this world. This happens especially when parents place their children in schools with a Christian ethos. Some factual incidents highlight the severity of the situation.

ONE DAY IN SCHOOL

A parent enrolled his daughter in a private school with a Christian ethos. The child was admitted into grade 0 and attended the first day of school. At the end of the same day the parent changed his mind and opted to home-school the child. Several weeks later while driving, the father read aloud a sign board on the roadside. One of the words was "Jesus." As soon as he read the word "Jesus," his little daughter, in complete childhood innocence, exclaimed: "I know who Jesus is." "Who is he?" the father asked in surprise. His innocent child, who he had brought up in a Deeni conscious home but who attended a Christian-ethos school for one day in grade 0, replied: "He is Lord"??? She explained that the teacher at school had told her so. While the child did not have the faintest idea of what she was saying, the attempt was made on the first day to plant the seeds of disbelief in the hearts of the children who attended the school.

Another child, in a similar school, one evening at suppertime sat with his palms together in front of his face and his head bowed. When he was asked what he was doing, he remarked, that the teacher told them to say "mass" before meals!!!

Another child attended a similar school. He was put there by his grandparents in whose care he was due to the death of his parents in an accident despite being advised not to do so. When the grandparents took this child for Umrah and the grandfather asked him to make Dua in front of the Ka’bah. He began saying, “Jesus Christ, grant me …!!!” The grandfather was shocked. He then realized that this was taught to the child.

These are just some incidents among many. Muslim children in such schools are known to sing Christian hymns and attend Carol Services. At times pupils are not allowed to even perform Jumu'ah Salaah.

While there are numerous dangers in even state schools, private schools with a Christian ethos strongly promote the Christian faith. Children in such schools may progress in the world — but are parents placing them onto a path that leads deep into hell? In many instances, due to the influences at school, children have even made their parents lives a living hell on this earth.

Our object and purpose of life is Deen. Let us not sell it for the paltry world.

Darul Ihsan Centre

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