Year 11 get a taste of Islam

Posted In Academic, Religious Studies

The Year 11 Religious Studies pupils went to London Central Mosque to get a taste of Islam. The pupils arrived in good time, and en route managed to squeeze in a McDonalds to set them up nicely for the day. They were surprised to be greeted by a short, white man called Peter who had converted from Catholicism. After introductions, Peter took the pupils on a tour of the Mosque, explaining key teachings and beliefs as they walked. Much of this was key as their GCSE exam is 50% Islam, with a requirement for knowledge of Islamic scriptures.

The first opportunity was to watch the Duhur prayers, listening to the call to prayer and then seeing as the Muslim men, many from local business, joining to attend the prayer. There were also a few women in the prayer on the balcony. London Central Mosque holds about 3000 men in its main worship room, but for Jummah (Friday) prayers up to 7000 people can fit in praying in the corridors, the courtyard and any other available space.

The pupils were then taken to the exhibition hall, where they could complete their own research on key beliefs of Islam, the Five Pillars, the History of Islam, the life of Muhammad and prophethood, the Islamic views on creation and the value of the world. Peter was able to answer further questions, which centred on the importance of the Five Pillars, prophethood and the life of Jesus. Before we left we were able to see where Muslims perform Wu’du.

Overall it was a good day and very intriguing to spend time hearing about the world’s second largest and fastest growing faith. It was interesting to get to question a Muslim and interesting to see and hear some of the key differences (and similarities) between Christianity and Islam.

Next stop the Mocks. Hopefully this experience will stand the Year 11s in good stead to get high marks in these examinations.