We began this lesson by discussing how there are special occasions in everyone’s life, times when something happens which is different from normal life, times when you do something special, are with people you don’t often see or a time of making a special effort for some reason. We discovered that the ninth month in the Muslim calendar (which is different from the one used in the UK), is called Ramadan. It is the month when Allah first gave his message to Muhammad. Muslims commemorate this special event by fasting for the whole month of Ramadan. If you are very old or very young, or unwell you do not have to fast. Children are introduced to it gradually. It means that Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours. It does not just mean not eating or drinking but also trying to do good deeds too, to spend more time praying and thinking about Allah.
It also helps Muslims to share the experience of many people in the world who do not have enough to eat. It is hard for Muslim children at school where there are non-Muslims and everyone is eating lunch and having snacks. When it is night time Muslims first eat some dates and then have meal together. Sometimes the local Mosque puts on meals. We then watched a BBC learning clip about a Muslim family. The children then completed their main task for the lesson. Working in pairs, they designed a poster which could be used during Ramadan, writing a slogan which says why anyone should give. They shared these with the rest of the class at the end of the lesson.
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