Teaching a lesson on other religions

Question ID: 27104

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A Muslim teacher planned a lesson for his Religious Education lesson which had the following learning objective: ‘To understand how Christians say thank you to god’.

One of the tasks the teacher set for the class was to write down and brainstorm how they thank God. The Muslim teacher didn’t say Allah but said write down and brainstorm how they thank God. Majority of the children were not Muslims and based their thanking on their belief of God e.g. the Sikhs wrote how they thanked ‘Vishnu, Hanuman, idols, statutues etc.

The class consisted of mainly Christian and sikh children. These children wrote down and brainstormed how they thank God (a lot of the children based their thanking of God on their own belief of God).

The Muslim teacher just asked the class generally how they thank God(he did not mention Allah’s name but said the word ‘God’) and asked them to write and brainstorm how they thank God.

Later, the Muslim teacher marked their work and ticked their work and wrote comments such as: ‘well done, good work, excellent work, learning objective achieved’ etc.

Does planning and setting the task as explained above and marking or making the children who were majority non Muslims do any of the above or doing any of the above explained or verbally discussing with the class how they thank God (not mentioning the name Allah and asking in a general manner and using the word ‘God’) make the teacher a kaafir?


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Asked on October 7, 2016 2:18 pm
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السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُاللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

The teacher’s remarks ‘well done,’ etc, if he is lauding a corrupt belief system takes him to the brink of Kufr.

وَعَلَيْكُمُ السَّلَام وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ وَمَغْفِرَتُهُ
Mufti Elias

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Answered on October 12, 2016 2:20 pm