Some people say that in the presence of Islamic schools here in Australia, it is haram to put our children in a state school? Is it haram, as the Islamic schools are sometimes not affordable or are a bit far or do not have enough capacity?
I really appreciate the time and effort you put in answering our questions. May Allah give you ahsan ul jaza. Ameen.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
If by sending one’s children to a state school, there is fear of them being influenced by or becoming fond of non-Islamic beliefs, practices or lifestyle, it will not be permissible to send them to a state school in such a case. Otherwise, it will be permissible, although it is preferable to send one’s children to a good Islamic school. Home schooling is another viable and good option.
One should keep the eternal life (i.e. the life of the aakhirah) of one’s children in view when choosing a schooling option for them. One must never be negligent towards providing good Islamic education for one’s children as well as a pure and conducive environment for instilling in them the Islamic principles and values.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Faizal Riza
Darul Ifta Australia