One of my sons has special educational needs requiring me to enroll him in a private school costing $8000 dollars per year. My other children go to public school. Is this unjust? Do I have to spend the same amount of money for each child or put that amount away for each one of them for use in the future? This would be very burdensome on me.
Sheikh `Abd al-Rahmân al-`Ajlân, lecturer at the Grand Mosque in Mecca
Indeed, you have no right to distinguish between your children unfairly. This applies to education as it applies to everything else.
However, if your son who studies in private school has special needs that cannot be met by a public school, and for this reason you have to pay for his education, then its alright for you to do so. In this case, you do not have to spend similarly on your other children.
This is an expenditure based on the principle that everyone gets what he actually needs.
Source: Islam Today
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