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Contributing towards the burial of a non-Muslim child

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Q: Can one contribute to the burial of a minor non-Muslim child considering that all children are born Muslims?


A: A child born to non-Muslim parents will be treated as a non-Muslim (unless the child is of the age of understanding and proclaims Imaan). Hence when a Muslim knows that the burial of this non Muslim child will take place in an un-Islamic manner, then one should not donate and contribute to this cause.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

مطلب الولد يتبع خير الأبوين دينا  قوله ( والولد يتبع خير الأبوين دينا ) هذا يتصور من الطرفين في الإسلام العارض بأن كانا كافرين فأسلم أو أسلمت ثم جاءت بولد قبل العرض على الآخر والتفريق أو بعده في مدة يثبت النسب في مثلها أو كان بينهما ولد صغير قبل إسلام أحدهما فإنه بإسلام أحدهما يصير الولد مسلما وأما في الإسلام الأصلي فلا يتصور إلا أن تكون الأم كتابية والأب مسلما فتح ونهر (رد المحتار 3/196)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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