Q&A: Multi-faith Education

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Question:
 
Multi-faith education in schools will be made compulsory soon. Many Muslims are also supporting the move since they feel that children should know what others believe. Is this correct?
 
Answer:
 
Multi-faith education, in its literal sense, is contained in the Glorious Quran and the Noble Ahadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). We must certainly equip our children with the multi-faith education of the Quran and Sunnah.

PRIORITY

Before teaching anything about any other faith, they should be first taught the fundamental aspects about Islam. They should be acquainted with the fact that Islam has abrogated all previous religions. Allah Ta’ala has declared: “Verily the only religion acceptable to Allah is Islam”(). The one who does not believe in the Oneness of Allah Ta’ala and does not testify to Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) being the last Messenger of Allah is not a Muslim. Furthermore, one who denies any single fundamental aspect of Deen is also out of the pale of Islam. Children should also be taught that the opposite of Islam is kufr. One who dies on kufr will be doomed forever and will never enter Jannah. The Quran proclaims: “And who rejects Imaan, his actions have been destroyed and he will be among the losers in the Hereafter” (5:5). Another verse declares: “Those who commit kufr, for them is the fire of Hell. Nor will it be decreed for them to die (in Hell) nor will the punishment be lessened” (35:36).

CHRISTIANS
 
Children should be taught that the Christian belief regarding the crucifixion is totally false. Allah Ta’ala declares: “And they (the Christians) did not kill him nor did they crucify him” (4:157). Similarly their belief in trinity is completely baatil, as stated in the Quran: “Verily they have disbelieved who say that Allah is one of three”(5:73). Esa (alaihis salaam) is a servant and messenger of Allah Ta’ala and not His son, as the Christians believe.

JEWS AND IDOLATORS

The Quran also speaks of the misguidance of the Jews and the Mushriqeen (idol worshippers). Children should be taught about this as well. In short, the multi-faith education that Muslims need to impart to their children is the details that the Quran and Ahadith have given—not the perspective of those who are themselves astray.
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