Revised and improved video material for GCSE RS: Islam

The video material for four of the practices of Islam was originally of poor quality.  These have now been replaced for the units on prayer, fasting, circulating money to those in need and pilgrimage.  Please draw these new audio-visual aids to the attention of all teachers and anyone else who might find them useful.

Exploring a Christian incarnational approach

Many Christian people have told me that they know in their hearts that people of other faiths and those who profess no faith live godly lives and that their relationship with the one and only God is manifest in their lives. There is almost a sense of guilt: “But how can I believe that as a Christian? How can I make sense of what I know to be true whilst being faithful to my Christian belief?”  One way to work with this question is contained in ‘Exploring a Christian incarnational approach to the human condition in the context of a theology of followers of other faiths and none’.

Approaching Christian-Muslim Education

As two faith communities before the one and only God, this should affect the way in which our faith education is done.  How do we seek to hear God speaking to us through the faith and practice of the other?  How does such study of the other faith provoke a reflection on my own?  By thus ‘Approaching Christian-Muslim Education’, it should become both a theological and spiritual deepening of my own faith as well as an exploration of the other.

A paradigm shift in understanding Christianity and Islam

Both Christianity and Islam operate within certain conceptual models or paradigms.  All too often, when someone from one faith seeks to understand the other, they try to make that faith fit their own paradigm instead of entering into the paradigm of the other, which is the only way for there to be real understanding.  This emphasises ‘The importance of a paradigm shift in understanding Christianity and Islam’.

Badshah Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan – ‘The Muslim Gandhi’

The name of Badshah Khan Abdul Ghaffar Kahn is little known today, but any man who can lead one hundred thousand Pashtun warriors as a disciplined army committed to the nonviolent struggle for the liberation of India from British rule is worthy of notice when the linkage between Muslims and violence is so often in the news.

New video materials for GCSE RS: Islam

A battery of video clips has been added to the GCSE Religious Studies: Islam section of the website. They are extracts from a distance learning course on which I worked a few years ago together with four leading Muslim scholars, from both Sunni and Shi’a schools, who approved the materials and appear periodically giving in-depth insights into some aspects of the beliefs and practices of Islam.  The material is all loaded onto a YouTube channel and available for use in the normal way.  It is suitable for classroom use at the discretion of the teacher.  Each extract is accompanied by a full transcript, which contains not only references from the Qur’an and Hadith but also those references as footnotes in full in a translation especially made for accuracy and comprehensibility by the four scholars involved.  These transcripts can be downloaded as pdf files.

Due to a technical problem, the visual quality of the extracts on prayer, fasting and pilgrimage is not as good as for the others; it is hoped to remedy this as soon as possible.

Please pass on this information to any teachers and others who might benefit from it.