Presentation on theme: "During this lesson we will find out about… Which symbols are important in Islam? What do they symbolise? (‘Symbolise’ means ‘stand for’ or ‘represent’)"— Presentation transcript:
During this lesson we will find out about… Which symbols are important in Islam? What do they symbolise? (‘Symbolise’ means ‘stand for’ or ‘represent’) Why are they important for Muslims?
1)What are these symbols? 2)What do they symbolise? (Remember that symbolise means: ‘stand for’ or ‘represent’) 3)Why are they important to Christians? Some Christians wear ‘WWJD’ bracelets as a symbol that they are Christians & to remind them of Jesus. Do you think it’s a good idea to wear symbols everyday that remind you of your faith or should religious symbols just be kept for special religious occasions?
Symbols in Islam The symbol that people most often connect with Islam is the symbol of a star & crescent moon. It is often seen on mosques (the Muslim place of worship) & is also on the flags of some Muslim countries… The star & crescent moon is an important symbol for Muslims, because it reminds them that Islam guides & lights their way through life, just as the moon & stars guide people at night. When the symbol is used on mosques the crescent always points in the direction of Makkah (Islam’s holy city, where the prophet Muhammad was born). Copy the explanation and star & crescent moon picture into your books.
Islam says that every Muslim has 5 duties that they must carry out – these are symbolised by 5 pillars called, ‘The five pillars of Islam’. Look at the ‘Discovering Religions: Islam’ text book, pages 14-15. Complete these activities using pages 14-15 to help you… 1.Why are the 5 duties that a Muslim must carry out described as pillars? 2.Copy this picture of the 5 pillars of Islam into your books. For each pillar write 1 sentence describing what it is & 1 sentence giving an interesting fact about it. (Also spelt ‘Salat’)
Each of these pictures represents one of the symbols of Islam. As a class, can we… a.Work out which symbol each picture represents. b.Describe that symbol.
Recently in Britain, the clothing that some Muslim women wear has become a symbol representing Islam. Your homework is to answer these questions: 1. What is a burqa? 2. Why do some Muslim women wear a burqa? You can use the internet to help you find out the answers.