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“Islam is seen as the synthesis of all prior revealed religions. This does not mean that you cannot tell the children about your way of life and your religion; however, they should still be raised according to Islamic guidelines. I am sure that once you spend some time looking over Islamic guidelines you will see that it emphasizes what is best for your children from conception throughout their lives.”
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In Islam, one of the requirements of a mixed marriage is that the mother is allowed to follow her own religious practice but the children are to be raised as Muslims. I can understand your concern as a mother and understand from your heart that you would naturally want what is best for your children.
An Islamic upbringing will not devalue your children’s belief in Christ and the second coming of Jesus; rather such an upbringing should serve to strengthen such beliefs, for they are a main part of the Islamic belief system as well.
Also, Islam dictates that the children be raised as Muslims is to relieve the stress that they may endure in a dual-religion home.
At times, it can be extremely difficult for children to understand why their parents are doing different things. Not only does this become a source of tension and confusion, but children can also feel trapped in a difficult family situation. It is important that the home environment is tranquil so as to allow the children to develop in the best possible environment for their benefit in this life and the next.
Islam is seen as the synthesis of all prior revealed religions. This does not mean that you cannot tell the children about your way of life and your religion; however, they should still be raised according to Islamic guidelines. I am sure that once you spend some time looking over Islamic guidelines you will see that it emphasizes what is best for your children from conception throughout their lives.
The children will naturally know and be exposed to your life and religion as well. When the children are old enough, they will be wise enough to choose for themselves.
You have been open-minded with your husband and so I encourage you to explore Islamic child-rearing practices and the Islamic belief system.
I am sure that within it, you will find that it truly will teach your children how to understand and accept differences of faith of all people and to become God-fearing and righteous individuals who would advocate for justice for all people regardless of faith, color or creed.
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