It seems that in God’s system nobody can inherit the deen from his or her parent. If the parents consented themselves to the way, it is their duty to exhort their children to consent to God’s consented Decrees. Abraham and Jacob reminded their children:
Moreover, Abraham enjoined his children and so did Jacob, saying, “O my children, God has pointed out the deen for you. You shall not die except as those who are at peace (Muslims).” (2:132)
Abraham and Jacob told their children they must not die except to be those who are at peace in obeying the deen prescribed by God. Abraham and Jacob did not tell their children that God had pointed out a religion or a house for them. They said:
God has pointed out to you the deen (or the way of life).
None of them were told to make a pilgrimage to a shrine or to start worshipping God, but they were told that there was a deen of which they must be convinced and then take the challenge to live by God’s system, if they could find the path. Their father Abraham was led to a system, committed himself to it with Ishmael, and together they lived by the sanctions in the system. Similarly, if we consented ourselves to God’s way, we are told to remind our family members to also believe and give their consent to the orderly way of life by doing exemplary good deeds. It stands to reason that if the role model is at peace by upholding this system, the progeny will follow suit.
You shall exhort your family to be committed and persist in doing so. We do not ask you for any provisions. It is We who provide for you. The final victory belongs to the righteous. (20:132)
We are to tell our children the way of Islam is the sanctions prescribed in the Scripture and that they must focus themselves to these sanctions when consented to God’s way to uphold their commitments. They must not fall into idol-worship by following any religion. We cannot tell our children the deen is somewhere inside a stone idol built by the Arabs in the desert. Luqman in his wisdom said to his children:, O my son, do not set up any idol besides God; idol worship is a gross offence’, then he continues:
O my sons, observe your commitments (Sol-laa-ta) advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and stay steadfast in the face of adversity, this is the real strength. Do not be arrogant nor walk in pride, God does not love the boastful and the arrogant. (31:17-18).
There is no evidence that Luqman had received any revelation, but the Reading says God endowed him with wisdom. Thus, he had the ability to make sensible and reasonable decisions. In his wisdom, he knew the most serious offence in this life was to associate God with idols. Yet, the majority of the people on earth serve almost everything but God. They simply cannot seem to serve the unseen God whose domination encompasses the heavens and earth.