Supporting families to respond to sex education and LGBT in schools and society.





SREIslamic was established in 2008 to support Muslim parents navigate and respond to Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools. When the subject became statutory in England, the name changed from SRE to RSE. We opted not to change our name from SREIslamic because the philosophy which underpins SRE/RSE remains the same. It is state intrusion in the life of the family and reflective of a society untethered from objective morality.

Parents need to fight on two fronts. To influence the way schools teach RSE in schools and to take control of shaping our children’s attitudes and behaviours towards sex, relationships and LGBT in line with Islamic values.



Yusuf Patel, founded SREIslamic in 2008. He is a khateeb, activist and educator. He lives in London with his wife and five children.



Since 2008, SREIslamic has run over a thousand face to face and online workshops and supported tens of thousands of Muslim parents to meet head on the RSE challenge as well supporting parents to navigate raising children in a hypersexualised world.


We believe our community cannot meet the contemporary challenges without strong Muslim families that strive to worship and obey Allah. The dangers of RSE in schools and the sexualised messages our children are subjected to present a real and present danger to this aspiration. We believe it’s important to empower parents, masaajid, makaatib and community organisations to meet this challenge. We cannot do so until we educate parents, children and the wider community to embody the attitudes and behaviours of Islam.


Short course for masaajid, makaatib/madaaris and community organisations (2 hours).


One day interactive workshops covering prophetic parenting, how to talk to children about sex, relationships and LGBT (day course).


Consultancy to makaatib to shape their response to sex education in schools and in society.



The Children and Social Work Act was passed into law in April 2017. This ushered in the statutory introduction of Relationships and Health Education (RHE) in all primary schools and Relationships and Sex and Health Education (RSHE) in all secondary schools. The details of how this would take place were contained in The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019. This amended existing legislation which set out the right of parents to withdraw from ‘Sex and Relationships Education’ and mandated that all schools should implement RE/RSE by September 2020.

How have parental rights been eroded?


Statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) downgraded parental rights. In primary schools, parents were able to withdraw from Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). Now that Relationships Education is statutory, parents in primary schools can only withdraw from sex education classes.

The picture in secondary schools is similar to primary schools. Historically parents had the right to withdraw from SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) classes unconditionally. Now parents can request withdrawal from the Sex Education element of RSE but cannot withdraw from the Relationships Education part. The head teacher holds the power to reject a request to withdraw, and if the request is accepted it only lasts until a child turns 15. After which a child – not you – the parent, has the right to decide whether to remain withdrawn or not.

What impact does this have on Muslim children?


Whilst the law recognises that parents are the primary educators of their children, statutory RSE has handed over the vital role of instilling values to schools. We believe parents know best, whilst the government believes the state knows best. This is an intrusion into the rights of the family. Schools will become less safer spaces for Muslim children who want to express the Islamic position on marriage, sexual relationships and ‘LGBT’. There are also no clear safeguards to protect our children from ‘inappropriate resources’, and parents will be forced to rely on the goodwill of schools and to fight for their basic right to raise our children in line with our values. Schools are failing to fulfil their statutory duty to meaningfully consult parents and parents are forced to organise and challenge. The power dynamic is weighted in favour of schools.

What are the consequences for Muslim families?


There is evidence that a growing number of Muslim parents do not feel that schools are safe places for children. There are many more parents opting to homes educate or send their children to Muslim schools. Is it right that Muslims are being driven out of the very schools that we pay for through our taxes?

The statutory guidance which is meant to clarify how schools should plan and deliver these new subjects is vague and subject to interpretation. Some schools are telling parents they do not have a statutory duty to consult with parents, primary schools are incorrectly claiming that they have a legal duty to cover LGBT relationships and to teach the names of sexual body parts to children in year one. This is creating immense distress, worry and anger. People were rightly concerned with the protests outside Birmingham schools but were unwilling to look at what caused desperate parents to protest in the first place. Parents felt that the schools were unwilling to listen to them and there was a lack of consultation. The new regulations and guidance increase the chances of more protests outside schools. Something which no one wants to see.


“As Muslims we have a religious duty to support this initiative alongside Christians, Jews and people of other faiths and none.”

Imam Shakeel Begg


A Judicial Review requires money. It may also be the case that we have to appeal to higher and higher courts, this will cost more money. When we consider contributing to this fight we have to remind ourselves we are not fighting for nothing, we are fighting on behalf of our children and indeed all children.


In our Islamic tradition, the support for this case is part of enjoining the good (ma’ruf) and forbidding the wrong (munkar). It is a praiseworthy act and the money utilised in this act will be rewarded by Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى‎).


As well as contributing, we ask that you contact your friends and family and implore them to also support this case. Whether this is through sending a WhatsApp message, posting on Facebook, or calling those who feel as strongly as you do.