IMPLICATION OF SEX EDUCATION ON MUSLIM MORALITY IN NIGERIA
1.1 Background of the Study
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, All Praises are to Allah, the
Cherisher and Sustainer of the world. May the peace and benedictions of Allah be upon His Servant and Messenger, Muhammad (S.A.W), his household, companions and to all those who follow their footsteps to the Day of Judgment.
The basic aims of Islam are establishing a society guided by consciousness of Allah, which upholds moral values that are geared in establishing justice and sanitization of the society from all forms of corruptions. The following Qur‟anic verse reveals the basic mission of Islam:
the things that my Lord Hath indeed forbidden are shameful deeds, whether open or secret; sins and trespasses against truth or reason; assigning of partner to God, for
which He hath given no authority; and saying things about God of which ye have no knowledge. (Q7:33)
The advocators of sex education have agreed to the introduction of sex education as instruction about sex and related issues. This is because, according to them, in our society, cultural practices often prevent parents from introducing their children to sex education; the children are thus left to obtain incorrect information about sex from their friends, magazines and novels. Anyakoha (1991:66)
Certainly, to a Muslim Allah (S.W.T.) explained everything that man requires to know
in this life through revelation to His Messenger, Muhammad (S.A.W.).The following Qur‟anic verse buttresses the statement:
And we have sent down to you the Book as an exposition for everything, guidance, a mercy, and glad tidings for Muslims. (Q16:89)
Statement of the Problem
Some Muslims have been in a state of uncertainty and confusion on whether to accept or reject the sex education programme. The proponents of the curriculum use all measures to convince and frighten people from the social point of view so as to make them accept the curriculum as a solution to many of their social problems, especially on issues related to sex. However, some continue to challenge and point out the disadvantages of the curriculum both physically and spiritually.
Some deadly ailments and sicknesses have been reported in some hospitals in Muslim
dominated states in Nigeria. The cause of these ailments had been attributed to consumption of drugs, pills and other contraceptives that prevent women from pregnancy. Likewise, cases of abortion are becoming more prevalent in some Muslim communities in Nigeria.
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