My children are friends with the neighbor children. We are devout Catholic and they are devout Muslim. Our neighbors just completed Ramadan, a month during which they do not eat or drink anything, even water, while the sun is up. That is about 14+ hours of no food or water, even for the children. The children are permitted to play outside, but may not refresh themselves if they get overheated (showers and water play are also prohibited).
During the middle of Ramadan, one of the neighbor children, only 8yo, came to ask my oldest for a glass of water because she was so thirsty. My daughter was upset because she knows that it is a work of mercy to give drink to the thirsty, but she also knew that her friend might get in trouble if her parents found out she drank water secretly. My daughter told her that she couldn’t because it would get her friend in trouble, but ever since she has been troubled by her choice to let her friend go thirsty that day. She feels she failed a spiritual test. I have reassured her, telling her that she put the longer term good of her friend’s obedience to her parents, despite their false religion, ahead of her own desire to perform a work of mercy. I am upset that she was put in this situation in the first place, but what is done is done.
My question is: what is the action most pleasing to Our Lord in this situation? Validity of religion aside, if a parent instructs a child to drink no water, but the child is so thirsty she begs water from a Christian neighbor, what should the neighbor do?
P.S. I am posting this question at her request. I will not allow her to read the thread but I will be sharing with her any perspectives that I think will help her come to terms with this dilemma.