Sending children to Catholic Schools
My question is regarding sending our child to a Catholic primary school. They have mass once a term and say daily prayers in morning lunch and at the end of school. Should we be wary of sending them to a Catholic School? They teach all religions but their ethos is Catholic, or is it better to send to a secular school?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
The education system in the UK allows for the establishment of faith schools including Muslim schools. It is therefore vital that this provision is used and Muslim schools are established. Alternatively, home schooling should be considered.
If this is not possible, the least severe option should be chosen. This will vary according to each school. The law also permits parents to withdraw from collective worship, so this right must be exercised as necessary. In addition, all necessary steps should be undertaken to safeguard the faith and beliefs of children.
قال الله تعالى: يا أيها الذين آمنوا قوا أنفسكم وأهليكم نارا، الآية۔
Allah knows best
27 Jumādā al-Ūlā 1441 / 22 January 2020
Approved by: Mufti Shabbir Ahmad and Mufti Muhammad Tahir