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 Stories of Prophets

The Stories of Prophets

In this chapter you will:

  • know and understand the role of stories in the Qur’ān
  • learn about some important prophets and messengers in Islam
  • consider the central beliefs about God held by these significant people
  • reflect upon the key messages and main themes in these stories.


The Qur’ān frequently uses stories, parables, similes and allegories for a variety of purposes. Stories of early messengers are scattered throughout its pages and play an important role in conveying its messages including the unity of God, God’s triumph and the continuity of God’s message. The stories are not extensive but mainly summaries delivering the religious–moral point directly within the central message of Islam. For Muslims, these stories are not fairy tales and were revealed ...

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