Summary of Letter:

Bismihi Ta’ala

Respected Mufti Saheb

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

Alhamdulillah my eldest son is about completing his Hifz. Two of my daughters have already completed their Hifz. While I have no intention to send my daughters for secular studies, I am unsure about what to do for my son. Should I send him to study Deen or for secular studies? My fear is that if he does not take up secular studies he will have difficulties in earning his livelihood. Please advise.

Summary of Reply:

Bismihi Ta’ala

Respected Brother / Sister

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

Allah Ta’ala has granted your children the great wealth of the Hifz of the Qur’an. May He enable them to safeguard the Qur’an and remain steadfast upon it. Whether one acquires higher Deeni knowledge, undertakes some worldly profession or whether one remains ignorant, everyone’s sustenance is solely in the control of Allah Ta’ala. Some times Allah Ta’ala blesses an ignorant person in such a manner and to such an extent that the intelligent person is also astounded. Hence to deprive your children from higher Deeni knowledge due to the fear of how they will earn a living is a very severe mistake. In fact it is a great injustice. It is narrated that those who deprive their children of the (essential) knowledge of Deen, such children will testify against their parents on the day of Judgement. (Maktubat 5/48)

Translator’s Note: One should endeavour to give preference to acquiring the higher knowledge of Deen  Allah Ta’ala alone is the Provider.