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.

Foundations of Faith

Foundations of Faith

In this chapter you will:

  • know the components of faith in Islam and their impact on Muslims
  • understand the relationship between angels, messengers and Islam
  • explore the responses of Muslims to revelations from Allah
  • reflect on the meaning of judgment day and its implications for Muslims
  • examine beliefs about al-qadr, Satan, jinn, Heaven and Hell.


You will have discerned from the previous chapters that faith and belief in Islam is essentially ethical as well as religious. In other words, it is concerned with this world and life after it. You will study explicitly some of the ethical precepts later.

There has been a well-established tradition among Muslim theologians to systematise the fundamentals of faith, known as ‘aqāid (sing. ‘aqīdah), which are extracted from the primary ...

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