Misconceptions and misunderstandings about Islam and fear of causing offence can be barriers to being an effective teacher in a diverse school. This book aims to give non-Muslim teachers the confidence to engage meaningfully with important facets of Muslim pupils’ lives leading to a richer and more rewarding experience in the classroom. Aspects of Islam explored include: the foundations and obligations of faith, ethical dimensions placed upon Muslims, the importance of education in Muslim communities and contemporary issues faced by communities in the UK. To deepen your understanding, each chapter is enriched by case studies linked to the classroom, expert voices that offer authenticity and reflective tasks that encourage you to consider key concepts in greater depth. This is essential reading for new and experienced teachers in primary and secondary schools wishing to deepen their knowledge of Islam.

The Prophet of God ()

The Prophet of God ()

In this chapter you will:

  • understand the terms Sunnah and Sīrah
  • understand the concepts of obedience (Iṭā‘a) and following (Ittibā’)
  • know the significant events from the life of the Prophet ()
  • understand his status among Muslims
  • consider how his life influences their behaviour.


To know and understand the Prophet Muḥammad () and the significant role that he continues to play in the grand scheme of God and in the life of Muslims, it is important to become aware of his life. This chapter offers some brief information about him.

The three main sources of information are the Qur’ān, Sīrah and ḥadīth literature. The ḥadīth literature consists of highly scrutinised narratives originating from the first community of Muslims who lived with him, ...

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