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Sending your child to catholic school

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Question:

Should a child be removed from a catholic preschool that forces him to pray?
The child is educated in the Islamic belief and when they reached the prayer schedule, he prays saying, “Allahu Akbar,” instead of performing the catholic prayer because this is what his mother said to him.
May Allah reward you with goodness. I hope you can answer my question. May Allah bless you!

Zaynab El-Kateb:

You should definitely remove your child from this catholic school, not only because they force him to pray with them, but also because of the very dangerous effect of this environment on your child. ولاء و براء (Wala’ and Bara’- association and disassociation for the sake of Allah) is important. Your child will get familiar with the disbelievers and he may gradually be inclined toward and begin to love their habits and ways. He may also begin to love his teachers and colleagues and all of this is not permitted based on this principle in the religion.
This is a very serious matter as our enemies are able to attack us through destroying the Islamic Principle of ولاء و براء (i.e. of loving Islam and Muslims and hating kufr and its people).
Yes, we can have dealings with the kuffar (e.g. trade) but we should not be familiar with their ways and we shouldn’t love them. You can go for the option of homeschooling but do not leave your child in this school.

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