UK: Muslim father ‘ordered’ by judge not to impose Islam on his children

Father told he can only talk to children about Islam in a ‘non-pressuring way’

manchester-civil-justice-centre.jpgThe unnamed father has been to court 13 times to get custody of his children PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images

A Muslim father whose three children are being cared for by a Christian foster family was told by a judge he must not “pressure” them about Islam.

The unnamed 53-year-old has two sons and a daughter aged under 16, who have been living with the foster family since 2011.

During that time, he has only seen them twice.

In 2015, he signed a court document seen by the Manchester Evening News in which he agreed not to talk about Islam.

The ban has since been softened, but only on the condition he talks about his religion in a “non-pressuring way”.

The man told the paper he was the victim of bigotry, but social services said the children’s wellbeing is their “primary concern”.

His children were taken into care after the death of her mother. The man and wife were estranged and had a “volatile relationship,” according to court documents.

Since her death, the man has been trying to get custody of his children. He has been accused of domestic violence and assaulting a social worker, claims he denies.

The document from Salford Children’s Services stipulates the man agreed “not to discuss the Muslim religion” with his children during any supervised contact.

He told the Manchester Evening News he felt forced to sign the agreement, because he was desperate to see his children.

“What’s happening is xenophobia and bigotry,” he said. “It’s Stockholm syndrome. It’s parental estrangement.

“They are obviously feeding all kinds of ridiculous propaganda to my children and this is the end result.”

He has been to Manchester’s family court 13 times to get custody of his children.

At the last hearing, he was warned not to “pressure” the children into discussing Islam, as Salford Children’s Services said they did not consider themselves Muslim.

Relaxing the conditions, District Judge Relph said: “In the light of the court’s finding as to the children’s previous upbringing, the local authority has made it clear that it does not propose to treat the children as belonging to the Muslim faith, although the father may supply relevant information to them about his faith or discuss his beliefs with them in a non-pressurising way during future contact.”

Councillor Lisa Stone, who leads the children’s and young people’s services in Salford, said the council’s “prime concern is children’s safety and wellbeing.”

She added: “We understand the distress of the father but he has had access to the courts on numerous occasions which have upheld the plans of the local authority.

“This case has been before the Local Government Ombudsman who found no fault with the council’s actions.”

Categories: UK

4 replies

  1. My advice to the father of children;
    Al Quran, Prophet Muhammad pbuh say that Jews, Christian and Muslim will enter the Heaven as long as believe in God, do good deeds

    There is no guarantee from God will enter The Heaven if children join their father belief.
    Let Children choose their faith.
    All love❤️

  2. Prayer for children by the parent goes a long way, and prayer that comes from deep with in the heart with true tears definitely finds its way to Allah. The father needs to pray for his children and have the mightiest conviction in Allah that only what’s best for him and his children will happen.

  3. Children are born into the religion of their parents. It is then a parents duty to teach their children about that religion or else how will they know how to follow that religion? Then, yes, it is a child’s right to change that religion if he would choose to do so.

    • @ LFA93—Children are born into the religion of their parents. It is then a parents duty to teach their children about that religion or else how will they know how to follow that religion? Then, yes, it is a child’s right to change that religion if he would choose to do so.—
      I agree 100 percent. I told to my Children to investigate 3 religions Yudaism, Christianity and Islam.

      After you investigate them, you have the right to choose your religion.
      Most People follow their parents religion. I think they fall into sinful syrik, unforgivable sin. Because they believe in thier parent instead of God alone.

      My advise to all parents to ask his children to investigate 3 Gods religions. Because the parents faith is not guarantted to enter Heaven. Also all parents can help his children at Day of judgement.

      All love❤️

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