Teaching a lesson on other religions

Question ID: 31702

If a Muslim teacher teaches a lesson which has the following objective and task: ‘To write and draw what Christmas gifts/presents you would give and to who.’
The Muslim teacher also verbally says things e.g. ‘during Christmas we give gifts and presents to families, friends and children’, and ‘who do you give Christmas gifts and presents to’.

The teacher asked the children/class to draw pictures of gifts/presents they would like to give for Christmas and write down who the presents/gifts are for and to write a short description of the gift/present.

The teacher then marked the children’s work by ticking it and drawing a smiley face and wrote comments such as: ‘well done’, ‘good work’, ‘learning objective achieved’, ‘a good try’, ‘one point/star for achieving the objective or working hard’, ‘good use of describing words to describe the gifts/presents,’ etc.

The Muslim teacher had no intention to respect Christmas, applaud Christmas and had no intention of lauding Christmas and the Christian belief.

Does the Muslim teacher become a kafir for teaching the above and verbally saying any of the above or doing any of the above and ticking as well as using comments when marking as explained above?

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Asked on December 6, 2016 10:11 pm
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السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُاللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

Although he does not become a Kaafir.
He has to modify his teaching method.
Should say ‘The Christians, do this and do that, greet like this and that.’ Draw some of the gifts they exchange.
You mark as ‘correct’ or a tick, not praise in any manner.
If you can do another job, do so.

وَعَلَيْكُمُ السَّلَام وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ وَمَغْفِرَتُهُ
Mufti Elias

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Answered on December 20, 2016 9:17 pm