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.

Obligations of Faith

Obligations of Faith

In this chapter you will:

  • identify the five significant devotional obligations instituted by the teachings of Islam
  • assess the importance of worship for contemporary Muslims
  • understand the practical manifestations and implications of these five pillars
  • appreciate what it means to be a Muslim today
  • understand the moral, social and spiritual meanings of these religious practices.


You will recall from the previous chapter the angel Jibrīl asking about Islam. The Messenger () had answered that Islam is to declare that there is no god but God and Muḥammad () is the messenger of Allah, to establish Ṣalāh, give Zakāh, observe Ṣawm and perform Ḥajj. Thus in five short sentences the entire edifice of Islam was enumerated as an expectation of the relationship between God and ...

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