A: What's wrong with mandatorily teaching Islamic Studies in schools and colleges? Non-muslims can study ethics enshrined in it.

S: All that is true, Ameen, but why drag Islam into ordinary textbooks? My son's Biology book is filled with Quranic verses. His Pakistan Studies textbook contains the phrase, "God has blessed Pakistan with . . ." Isn't it more than enough to teach Islam as a separate subject?

A: And why shouldn't Islam be dragged into other subjects? Islam is not only a religion, but also a system of government and economics. Islam is our religion, and the official religion of Pakistan. Its teachings are truly beautiful.

S: But religion is a purely personal matter. If you were a girl, would you like it if the state forced you to wear a hijab? There should be a distinct boundary between religion and education. Developed countries don't drag religion into ordinary textbooks. No textbook should be developed to favour a particular religion.

A: But Islam and science are fully compatible. The Quran itself cites several facts, such as the purpose of the mountains and the development of the human embryo, which science confirms. What then, is the harm of discussing Islam in science textbooks?

S: Think logically, Ameen. Only because Islam is practised by the majority, is it fair to teach it forcefully to non-muslims through Urdu, English and science textbooks? There are Urdu poems which praise Prophet Muhammad (SAW), and non-muslims are forced to cite Quranic verses and praise Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Be honest, Sadiq. If you lived as a Muslim in a country which taught Hinduism in English poetry, would you like it if your children were forced to praise Hinduism and Hindu gods in their answers?