Worried About The Corruption That His Child May Be Exposed
To In Secondary School (High School)
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I have a son who is ten years old, and he is
supposed to go to secondary school, but the school
system is affected by many kinds of corruption. Is it
better for him to study at home (homeschooling), even
though the level of teaching may not be high, or
should I let him go to the secondary school and be
exposed to corruption?.
Praise be to Allaah.
What is mentioned in the question is a very real
dilemma, the matter of protecting children's hearts
and minds against the ideas, beliefs and theories they
will encounter in the school curriculum that are
contrary to the basic principles of Islam. Protecting
the children's morals, attitudes and behaviour,
despite what they are exposed to in mixed schools that
is contrary to all of that, is a dilemma; it is the
dilemma of confronting specious arguments and whims
and desires at the same time. What seems to be the
case here is that it is the father's duty to choose
for his son the best school and the one that is
farthest removed from these corruptions. If it is
difficult to find something purely good in one place,
then he should look for something that is most good
and less harmful and evil.
What you have to do for your son is to choose an
Islamic school for him that is not mixed, even if that
costs more in school fees or involves greater effort
in moving house to find the school. Indeed, we advise
you, if there is no such school in the city where you
live, to move the family to another location where you
will be able to find a suitable Islamic school for
your children, if that is possible for you, even if it
involves some hardship for you.
If that is not possible, then you can replace these
school with education at home (homeschooling), even if
the standard of education is slightly lower. So go
ahead with that, and give precedence to protecting
your children's religious commitment and morals over
If you are not able to do that, and you have no choice
but to put your son in these schools, then you will
have the burden of following up on your son, watching
out for him, and resisting the causes of corruption
that he will encounter.
If you are saved from it, you will have been saved
from something major.
But we think that it is very difficult to make this
choice and continue doing it as it should be done.
Hence the options mentioned above may be more
realistic and logical.
See also the answer to question no. 127946
We ask Allah to guide you and help you to shoulder
And Allah knows best.