Infants, The Religion of

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INFANTS, The Religion of
The general rule is that the religion of an infant is the same as that of its parents. But where one of the parents is a Muslim, and the other of a different persuasion (as a Jew or a Christian), the infant must be accounted a Muslim, on the principle that where the reasons are equally balanced, the preference is to be given to that religion. (Hidayah, vol. i. p. 177. Sharif iyah, Appendix No. 71. Baillio’s Inheritance, p. 28.)

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam