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This section helps exhibition visitors understand Islamic beliefs on a deeper level.

Although it is a little-known fact amongst non-Muslims, Islam teaches respect for all of Allah's (God's) Prophets and Messengers. As such, Muslims are required by their faith to revere and love men who are usually associated in the West with Christianity and Judaism.

The presenterwill explain the common roots, which Islam shares with other faiths and will refer to some of the following in this section:

 
 
 
Noah
Like Christians and Jews, Muslims also believe in the story of the Flood of Noah. The Qur'an relates this story to Muslims and as a result, Noah is regarded as one of the Messengers of God

Abraham

Referred to in the Islamic tradition as the "Father of the Prophets" and the "friend of God", Abraham - or "Ibrahim" in Islam - is looked upon with tremendous respect. To this day, many Muslims visit Hebron - in Palestine - where Abraham is believed to have been buried.
 
Moses
Known by his Aramaic name "Musa", Moses is considered to be one of the great Prophets of God. Moses led his people to freedom from the tyranny of the Egyptian Pharaoh, Rameses II.
 
Jesus
Known in the Holy Qur'an as "Isa Bin Maryam" - Jesus, son of Mary - this Prophet is not only revered and loved by Christians but by Muslims also. The holy book of Islam, The Holy Qur'an mentions his name no less than twenty-five times, teaches Muslims to believe in Jesus' miraculous birth, his miracles and to acknowledge his status as one of the mightiest Messengers.
 
 
 
 

 

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In this section, the five basic tenets of the religion are presented in a simple yet entertaining way. The presenter will explain these beliefs which are the pillars upon which the house of Islam are built:
"Shahadah" (Testimony of Faith)
Muslims believe that there is no deity but Allah (God) and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. The tutor will help exhibition visitors understand the centrality of this to the Islamic way.
 
"Salat" (Prayer)
Islam teaches Muslims to pray five times a day. The prayer involves a series of physical acts of worship and recitation, parts of which will be acted out for the sake of exhibition visitors. This way, non-Muslims will understand how and why Muslims pray as they do.
 
"Zakat" (Charity)
Muslims are required by their faith to give 2.5% of their total wealth to the poor and needy. Further examples of where "zakat" can be given will be explained in this section.
 
"Sawm" (Fasting)
Each year, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadhan. This is a holy month for Muslims as this is the month in which the Holy Qur'an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. There is more detailed information about the Prophet Muhammad in the "Faith and History" Section.
 
"Hajj" (Pilgrimage)
Every Muslim who can afford to do so is expected to make the pilgrimage to Makkah once in their lifetime. The city is the birthplace of the Prophet and the Ka'bah is known as the "House of God." Muslims face towards it when they pray, no matter where they happen to be in the world.
 
Exhibition visitors will be invited to put on the "ihram" garments: these are the simple white cloths worn by Muslims throughout their pilgrimage to the holy city.
 
 
 

 

 

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Muslims are instructed by their religion to treat their fellow human beings in a kind, caring and just manner. In this section, the tutor will make a presentation about the themes of family and society in Islam. Some of the topics which will be covered are:
 
The Family
Islam teaches that families are the building block upon which any society is built. Muslims are required to respect their parents and by extension, their elders.
 
The tutor will explain that Muslims are also encouraged to love and nurture the young. This socially responsible attitude is best summed by a saying of the Prophet Muhammad: "He who does not have respect for the elders and mercy for the young, he is not one of us."
 
Neighbours
Islam teaches people to be good neighbours, to be a benefit and not a hindrance to those who are around us. This goodwill is best epitomised by the following explanation, given by the Prophet:

 

"Do you know what your neighbour's rights are?
Help him if he seeks help,
Show him concern if he is distressed,
Nurse him when he is ill,
Attend his funeral if he dies,
Congratulate him if he meets good,
Sympathise with him if some calamity befalls him."
 
The Brotherhood of Man
"O Mankind! We created you from a singe pair, a male and a female, and We made you into nations and tribes so that you may recognise one another."
The Holy Qur'an 49:13
 
This verse of Islam's holy book is one which encourages the idea that mankind is one big, family. Because Muslims believe that all of mankind descended from Adam and Eve, the presenter will explain that this brotherhood lies at the centre of Islamic teachings.
 
 

 

 

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Muslims believe that knowledge is a gift from Allah (God) and a sign of His mercy to mankind. The Prophet Muhammad said: "Seek knowledge, even in China."
During the fourteen centuries since the lifetime of the Prophet, Islam has spread to all parts of the world along with the knowledge of Muslims. Although these seismic expansions have been occurring for hundreds of years, the contribution that learned Muslims have made to the advancement of science has not always been acknowledged.
 

For example, how many people know that word "algebra" comes from the name of the Arabic term "al-jabr" which means "completion"? And how many know that the word "chemistry" comes from the Arabic term "al-chemia?"

 

In this section, the tutor will speak about Muslim scientists, their achievements in the past and how their achievements continue to benefit us today.

 
 

 

 

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This section of the Islamic Experience Exhibition offers pupils an opportunity to learn about Islam in a fun way. Whilst all sections are presented in a colourful and entertaining way, the Activities Room is especially geared towards combing education with enjoyment.
 
Mosques of the World
The section usually opens with the "Mosques of the World" slide show. During this, the pupils will be shown pictures of many different mosques from around the world.
 
The Activities Room tutor will flick from slide to slide, asking the pupils to guess which country each mosque is from. Because mosques vary in size and style from place to place, the presentation offers a tremendous insight into the beauties of Islamic architecture.
 
Arabic: Language of the Holy Qur'an
In addition, pupils will be invited to write their own names on a piece of paper. Once they have done this, the tutor will go from desk to desk, spelling each pupil's name using letters from the Arabic language. They will then be invited to copy this name in Arabic.
 
For those who are unfamiliar with Islam; Arabic is the language of the Holy Qur'an and is given a lofty position in the lives of Muslims. This activity helps to emphasis this point. In addition, it is always fascinating for exhibition visitors to see their own names written in another language!
 
Colouring in
For the younger groups there are also pictures of mosques and Islamic calligraphy that can be coloured in using the coloured felt tips provided.
 

 

 


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