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1st Pillar-Why is the belief in one God so important?


Miss McDermott

on 11 January 2016

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Transcript of 1st Pillar-Why is the belief in one God so important?

LO: To understand and discuss the importance of the Shahadah (testimony of faith) .

To show awareness of how the Shahadah and Submission affects Muslims lives.

1st Pillar:Shahadah
There are 5 Pillars which provide the framework of a Muslim's life, making sure each Muslim is supported
spiritually and emotionally
through their religion.
1st Pillar: Shahadah - The Declaration of faith.
Think, Pair, Share
No matter how sincere a person might believe, Islam regards it as pointless to live life without putting their faith into action and practice. Carrying out the 5 pillars demonstrates that the Muslim is putting their faith first, and not just trying to fit it into their everyday lives.
Starter activity
Write a statement about the most important belief that you think sums up your whole life. Think carefully and be ready to share with your peers!
For example:

Happiness is everything.
Treat others how you wish to be treated.
Jesus is my saviour

(Think about: why is it the most important belief of yours? How do you show that you live by this at all times?)
Submission – means to be obedient.
Declaration – to announce something.
Keywords for the lesson:
The Shahadah is basically a Muslim's declaration that they believe in only ONE God, and believe in the last Messenger, who was the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

It is the most
pillar of all the 5 pillars, and a person must say the full declaration to be a Muslim. Muslims believe you cannot just
the Shahadah, you have to
on it too.
With the person next to you, think about when a Muslim would be required to say the Shahadah - at what points in the day/lives? e.g, when they are born. Write them down on your post it note!

Take full advantage of the Muslim students in the classroom, they may be able to offer you answers!
5 minutes!
When is the Shahadah recited?
During the call to prayer 5x a day
When a baby is born, the Shahadah is whispered into the ear of the newborn
Why is this?
When a person is dying, they are told to pray the Shahadah. Why do you think this is?
Muslim soldiers would say the Shahadah before going into battle.
When a person converts to Islam, they will say the Shahadah 3x to declare their new faith.
What is the worst crime in the world?
"There is no God but God, and Muhammad is His Messenger."
What do you think is the worst thing to do, that could never be forgiven?
For Muslims it is the sin of
. Shirk is comparing God to any created thing, or to say that other things or people have the same power as God.
This is why Muslims disagree with Christianity about the role of Jesus.
Write a definition in your own words!
Come up to the board, and write a list of things, or people, who could take the place of Allah in the everyday life of a Muslim. How could they become idols? Which would be the most dangerous for a Muslim?
Exit card!
1. What is the shahadah in English?
2. What does submission mean for a Muslim?
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