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What is the fault of children born in a kaafir environment?

What is the fault of children born in a kaafir environment?

Question:

People born and raised in different environments and religions naturally develop different temperaments and identities. A person born in a Hindu family becomes a Hindu upon growing up. For him the Hindu religion is perfect. For such a person it is ingrained into his nature from his childhood that he is a Hindu first and last. Supposingly he receives the message of Islam. What are the chances that he will give up his religion, his identity and accept a new one. Isn't it tough for this person to become Muslim as compared to someone born a Muslim. It scares me to think that if I were born into some other faith than Islam where would I be today. So why is it not the law that everyone does have an equal opportunity to experience and accept Islam from the cradle. It this a matter of Allah's will, Sprituality (Hidayah) or Human Psychology. Please respond with references from Quran and hadith.


Answer:

Praise be to Allaah.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"So set you (O Muhammad) your face towards the religion (of pure Islamic Monotheism) Haneef (worship none but Allaah Alone). Allaah's Fitrah (i.e. Allaah's Islamic Monotheism) with which He has created mankind. No change let there be in Khalqillaah (i.e. the religion of Allaah Islamic Monotheism), that is the straight religion, but most of men know not" [al-Room 30:30]

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ... (Go here for the rest of the answer http://www.islammuslims.com/islam-qa/Volume_2/Chapter_1.htm#_RWTOC-20)

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