Studying in a Christian school where forbidden prayers are read aloud
Fatwa No: 303832

Question

Assalamu Alaikum. I already asked fatwa (no 282373) regarding attending prayer christian college.As It is prohibited I wrote letter to the college Secretary about this.In that college they conduct prayer through speaker which is fitted in every clasarooms,labs, staffrooms.He said that he could allow me to stand outside the classroom where the speaker is not present but the sound of the speakers in classrooms will reach me.Actually i will be inside the college.Am i allowed to be inside the college.I Kindly request you to give me fatwa as soon as possible because i stopped going to college...

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His Slave and Messenger.

We pray that Allaah rewards you generously for your keenness to ask about matters that concern you so as to implement the words of Allaah (which mean): {So ask the people of the message if you do not know.} [Quran 16:43]

Moreover, we appreciate your desire to adhere to the straight path and avoid incurring Allaah's anger. We ask Allaah to increase your piety and righteousness and to protect you and your religiosity.

The answer to your inquiry is as underlined in the previous Fatwa: In principle, it is forbidden for you to be present in a place where a prohibited act is committed without a valid reason, such as being there to forbid it for instance. If you can leave the place where those rituals are held so that you do not hear or see them being performed, you should do so. The Hanbali scholar Ar-Ruhaybaani  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said about accepting an invitation to an event where a prohibited act is to be committed,

If the invited person knows about the prohibited being committed, but he does not see or hear it, it is permissible for him to sit in such a place and eat there according to Imaam Ahmad because what is prohibited is seeing and hearing the prohibited act, which is not existing in this case.

If there is no way out of hearing the evil speech, then in principle it is not permissible for you to carry on with your studies in this school as highlighted in the previous Fatwa unless there is a valid necessity and real need for it and you cannot find any other school to enroll in instead.

Allaah Knows best.

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