Islamic Studies Lesson Plan
Grade Level: 5 Ages: 10-11
Topic: Islam is the Religion of Peace Time: 45 min
The previous lessons covered the purpose of our creation and asked: “What is Islam?” The 5 pillars of Islam was revised and an overview was given of the 6 articles of faith. This lesson links to the theme and presents an overview of what lies at the heart of Islam. Allah Almighty refers to Islam as the way of peace and the straight path to which he will guide those whom He wills (Qur’an 5:16).
The lesson looks into examples of how Islamic values promote peace and harmony. Content is based on the chapter that deals with the manners of the Prophet ? in the Mukhtasar Minhaj al-Qasidin, content from Islamic Tolerance, as well as 3 relevant examples of Islamic etiquette from the A-to Z of Akhlaaq by Nafees Khan.
The lesson is inspired by the following relevant Qur’anic verses and Hadith:
“The servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say words of peace.” (Qur’an, 25:63)
“Verily, the best of the people to Allah are those who begin the greeting of peace.” (Sunan Abu Dawud, 5197)
Abdullah ibn Umar reported: A man asked the Messenger of Allah ?, “Which Islam is best?” The Prophet ? said: To feed the hungry and to greet with peace those you know and those you do not know. (Sahih Bukhari, 28)
“O people, spread peace, feed the hungry, and pray at night when people are sleeping and you will enter Paradise in peace.” (Ibn Majah, 1334)
1) To teach students the linguistic definition of Islam; that the root word “silm” means peace.
2) To give students the opportunity to consolidate key vocabulary and concepts from previous lessons.
3) Students will understand that Islam promotes peace and harmony in terms of the soul, family, society, and the broader world. Peace and contentment can be achieved by obeying Allah’s commands and emulating His Messenger.
4) Students will learn about behaviours encouraged by Islam and how important it is to greet and return greetings.
5) Students will experience the lesson through listening, reading, discussion, and creativity.
Lesson print-out, coloured A4 paper, safety scissors, crayons, and coloured pencils.
Key terms Islam, tasmiyyah, salaam, akhlaaq, adaab, sadaqah.
· 12:00–12:05. Greet the class with Assalamu alaikum. Stimulate reflection and interaction by asking: what does this phrase mean? Why do we say it? Who do we say it to? Briefly reference the previous lesson and then communicate the lesson’s objectives.
· 12:05–12:25. Present information for ten minutes. The Arabic word ‘Islam’ means submission and obedience, root of the word meaning ‘silm’ or ‘peace’. Define peace. Allah is The Ultimate Source of Peace, One of Allah’s names is As-Salam, which means peace. Connecting with Allah is not only through prayers, but through realizing that it is He who created blessed us with. Show that smiling at one another and uttering words of love and kindness are acts of worship taught by the Prophet and rewarded by Allah. Allah Abhors any disturbance of peace. Islam attaches to such values as Mercy and Compassion and the fact that we recite that tasmiyyah before each surah. Prophet Muhammad ? was sent as a mercy to mankind. (21:107) Muslims must never be the oppressors and should always value avoidance, reconciliation before battles, must achieve a positive result. Briefly tell class that even in war there is decoruma nd rules to follow. Islam opposes animosity, corruption and oppression, calls for freedom and justice. Ask students to think about the mosque and who is allowed to attend: that it is open to all belivers, rich, poor, regardless of skin color. Its global, not a particular race, no room for racisim in Islam. Quran establishes general principles of faith and good manners. Peace and reconciliations. Peace ordained as salutation between Muslims who meet or in prayers. (Al Furqan63) instructed to respond in peace even in face of harsh people. Overlook faults of brother, think well of people, have good manners and peaceful interaction with all who treats you kindly (anfal16) Printoutdeals with Manners of the Prophet covered in as adopting manners of the Qur’an. Clement with enemies, greeted all, was kind, visited the sick, was not greedy, gentle, treat kindly, good host, selfless, only fought in war when required. Hadith such as charity, smile is a sadaqah, neighbourliness, good manners, caring for animals, looking after parents… Quran has encouraged the establishment of peace and has told the followers of Islam to be moderate in their behaviour and adopt the qualities of kindness, love, and respect for others. Islam teaches that it is through the doing of good deeds and seeking the pleasure of God that souls find true happiness and peace.
In last 5 minutes give handout with examples for them to look at including a few examples from A to Z of akhlaaq for examples of Islamic moral values and etiquette let them read to be a good guide, be mindful of each student’s ability to process this new information and make examples that link to topics in previous lessons to ensure information is processed meaningfully. Ensure print-out summary is succinct, understandable, and include an infographic the form of a mindmap to aid visual-learners, also. including new and old vocabulary.
· 12:25–12:30. Let students know that they are free to ask any questions. Involve them ll in a class discussion of the lesson covered. In discussion, make a comfortable, easy atmosphere in which encourage introverted students so that they are given a chance to participate. Be vigilant of eager children who dominate discussion and gently remind that they are taking turns.
· 12:30–12:40. The class of 15 students will be divided into groups of 3 for a joint-poster activity. This is to guide students towards cooperation. Before students to always greet and return greetings of peace. When divided in group of 3, make sure each group implements this in the classroom by greeting their partners (as short role play). Congratulate them on their efforts during the joint-poster activity. Be aware of student’s personalities when pairing them. monitor so that there is fair participation, remember to keep it fun and non-competitive. A change in partner can foster positive collaboration between peers, facilitating team work through brainstorming when working on poster together Put the children at different tables, and hand out art supplies. children can work together to create a poster that displays the positive and peaceful values that Islam promotes. Give the students ample time to complete this project. Go around and help them Frequently ask questions when going around about other.
· 12:40–12:45. Conclude by packing up. Assign homework activity before dismissing class.
Instruct students to discuss with parents at home and come back with one verse in the Quran that speaks about peace. This encourages Islamic learning and interaction with caregivers. Follow up in next lesson which will go more in depth on the Behaviour and Conduct of a Believer.