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Teacher Against My Child’s Fasting

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Jun 06, 2018

Question

My child's teacher at school told them they are too young to fast, but I want my child to begin. I don't want to tell my child that the teacher is wrong so that my child doesn’t lose trust in the teacher, but what should I do?

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In this counseling answer:

“In order to build the capability in children to filter what they hear and to be able to classify it into opinion or fact, we must equip them with the ability of thinking for themselves”


As-salamu `alaykum.

It is important to teach our children to differentiate between opinions and facts. The fact that the teacher is not comfortable with his fasting is simply her opinion, but it does not make it a fact that it is not a good idea to fast.

In order to build the capability in children to filter what they hear and to be able to classify it into opinion or fact, we must equip them with the ability of thinking for themselves. Asking questions would help them with that, for example:


Check out this counseling answer:


– Who is this teacher?

– What are her opinions based on?

– In your opinion what would make her say something like this?

– Do other people have different opinions?

– When can we accept an opinion and when can we not?

– What are our sources of facts?

It is important to teach your child to trust the teacher in areas where she is knowledgeable and experienced. It is not right to trust the teacher in matters where she has little or no knowledge, information or experience.

Salam

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