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According to Shari`ah, how lawful is it to teach sex education to young people in public schools in the way it is done in American schools? All praise is for Allah, and may peace and blessing be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family and true followers. To proceed: Teaching anything that it is necessary to teach, whether related to sex or otherwise, is unobjectionable and without blame. The problem arises with other issues unrelated to the teaching process in and of itself, like for example, the provocative presentation and wrong ideas that accompany this instruction. The way this subject is taught to young people in this country, for instance, in many places, is not devoid of stimulation and arousal. It may rely on videotapes or scandalous pictures showing people engaged in sex acts, portraying the male member during ejaculation, or other things unnecessary to the teaching process and unrelated to...
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This Article was written in response to the following question: How to build bridges with people of other religious communities without compromising our belief? All praise be to Allah, and may His peace and blessings be on the greatest messenger, Muhammad. If a group of Muslims worked with Christians and Jews, or Hindus and atheists on cleaning their neighborhoods, saving the environment, protecting the oppressed, and standing for the poor, homeless, uninsured…etc, that would be a hilf fuddol (Virtuous Alliance, like the one the Prophet was part of before Islam and he said that he would be part of it in Islam). How much of the efforts of Muslims should be spent on matters like saving the environment when the ummah is facing such enormous challenges would be a different discussion, but if some of us did this, it would be good even if that was their primary activity (given they fulfilled their...
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