Learning about Muslims and Islam (simplified for children)

My son has been asked to tell his class about his religion. Without complicating the task and going to great lengths to explain about Quranism and the varying schools of thought within Traditional Islam, and certainly trying to avoid worrying a class of 6-year-olds about Islamofascism and the deformation / corruption / hijacking of (my subjective interpretation of) the original meanings of the message of the Qur’an… I gave him this list of short sentences which he will read out to his class mates. Hopefully, InshaaAllah, this will help his classmates to understand about one person’s understanding of how the Message of Qur’an applies to a 7 year old boy’s upbringing and his family life and values. Thanks in great part to an article I found on IslamAwakened many years ago which I found incredibly useful as the Quran refs are all there.

Learning about Muslims

The religion of Muslims is Islam.

Muslims believe in God. Muslims believe in Jesus.

Muslims believe Jesus was a messenger of God.

Muslims believe in other prophets too, for example Adam, Moses, Abraham, Noah, Joseph.

Muslims believe in another Messenger as well called Mohammed.

The Arabic word for God is “Allah”.  Christians who speak Arabic refer to God as “Allah” too simply because it is the translation of the word “God” in Arabic.

Muslims do not pray to the prophets or messengers. Muslims pray to God alone.

Muslims are grateful to God for all the blessings they have. So Muslims are thankful for their homes, their health, their food, their clothing, their families. Muslims generally say “alhamdulillah” which is Arabic for “Praise be to God”.

Before and after eating food, Muslims say thank you to God. Muslims do not eat pork as they believe God does not want us to eat the meat from a pig. So that means no pork sausages, bacon, gammon or ham. Muslims cannot eat any food that was killed in an accident, or in a fight, or died from a disease. Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink blood. Not eating pork is showing obedience to God.

Muslims like to keep their bodies clean and fresh. Muslims usually wash their face, hands and feet before they say their prayers.

Muslims believe that the Qur’an (pronounced Kur An ) is a special holy book sent to help people to live a good life.

Muslims believe the Qur’an is a Message from God.

The Qur’an says God wants people to be fair and good to each other.

The Qur’an says respect each others’ beliefs.

The Qur’an says to be patient, have a positive attitude, determination, and to be compassionate, which means being kind and understanding.

The Qur’an says do not waste things.

The Qur’an says to be charitable to anybody who is poor or in need, to travelling or homeless people, to your family, and to orphans. Being charitable means giving money or belongings to someone or spending time with someone, or being helpful to someone.

The Qur’an says try to make the world a better place.

The Qur’an says tell the truth and keep promises

The Qur’an says to be patient.

The Qur’an warns us about alcohol and gambling.

Many Traditional Muslims believe it is important to wear special clothes. The Qur’an says that loving God and doing good deeds to please Him is more important than the kind of clothes you wear.

The Qur’an says to have good manners, such as replying to people when they say hello, saying good things, and speaking with a kind voice that is not too loud or bossy.

The Qur’an says that God likes people to tell others about Him and to share His special book with others. The best way to share God’s special book is by having good behaviour and setting a very good example and showing a peaceful and good way to live that helps everybody in your community.

If Muslims make a mistake, they can ask God to forgive them because God is very forgiving and always gives you another chance to do more good deeds. The Qur’an says that good deeds cancel out bad deeds.

The Qur’an says try not to be angry, and to try to forgive people if somebody upsets you. The Qur’an says it is good to try to find a fair way to settle an argument.

The Qur’an says  if somebody says something to upset you, try to reply with something peaceful because one day that person might become your best friend.

The Qur’an says  don’t say bad things and don’t be a show-off.

The Qur’an says talk about important things that matter, and don’t argue or waste time gossiping about things that don’t really matter.

The Qur’an says  Do not make fun of others, or call them names.

The Qur’an says Do not be suspicious, or spy on each other, or say bad things about someone behind their back.

The Qur’an says treat people with equality, which means to be fair to everyone – Do not treat people unfairly because of how they look or where they are from. The Qur’an says girls and boys should be treated equally.

The Concept of Shura by Ghulam Ahmed Parwez

The system in which the entire Ummah takes part, is termed by the Quran ‘a system by consultation’ (42:38); It has been ordained by Allah, that “in it, all affairs shall be settled by consultation.” This system shall differ from the western system of democracy in which the nation or the representatives of a nation possess the comprehensive powers of law-making; in other words sovereignty belongs to the nation as a whole but in an Islamic Government the sovereignty belongs to (the Book of) Allah. Leaving aside the representatives of the people, even the entire nation has no right either to make laws against it, or bring about a change in it. The opponents of this system used to ask the Rasoole: “If you could make a change in the Quran according to our liking we are ready to compromise with you”. In answer to their demand Allah addresses the Rasoole thus: (10:15) “Say: It is not for me, to change it of my own accord. I follow not but what is revealed unto me. If I were to disobey my Rabb, even slightly, I am afraid of the punishment I shall receive according to the Law of Requital”. It is apparent that when even the Rasoole could not make any change in it at his own, how can anybody else be allowed to do so Now, as far as the system of majority and minority in a democratic system is concerned, it is apparent that since every matter shall have to be decided in accordance with the Quranic Injunctions, so the question of casting the votes does not arise. The concept that the decisions made by the majority are based on truth is false.
“If you were to follow the majority of the people in the land, they would lead you astray from the path of Allah. They follow nothing but conjecture; they do nothing but indulge in their own surmises”. The criterion to judge between right and wrong is not based on majority or minority, but on the Book of Allah. The representatives of the Ummah have got to conduct the State affairs, within the limits laid down in it. The truth cannot remain subject to the whims and wishes of the people. (23:71)”If the truth had been in accord with their desire, truly the heavens and the earth and all beings therein would have been in confusion”. Thus the people ought to obey the Truth, and Truth is the other name for the Holy Quran.