Today students drew pictures of the 5 Pillars of Faith for Islam, and then shared the pictures with someone else - having them label the pictures. I hope to post some of these pictures later, but I don't have time right now.
Here's my rendition of the 5 Pillars. Don't judge it too harshly.
Don't ask me how the pillars in the second picture are being lifted off the ground... I'm guessing they're attached somehow. Ask an architect.
The point is, that to be a "good Muslim" one would have to submit to these pillars of faith. For instance, if a Muslim said, "I don't believe in God," he wouldn't be a very good Muslim. In fact, one could argue he's not a Muslim at all.
I had a student in 6th hour ask about that though. "What if there was a Muslim who didn't give to the poor." Great question. I think other Muslims might say that person's not being a very good Muslim. Maybe they don't want to judge their brother, but they might believe that since Allah commands it, they should do it.
I also compared it to a game of Jinga. Eventually the tower will fall. Maybe they only pray twice a day. Maybe they don't fast during Ramadan... There will come a time when their faith falls - or at least when they are considered "nominal" Muslims.
If you're in my class and want extra credit for reading and discussing the blog with an adult, write two sentences from your discussion, and have the adult sign it. Maybe tell them the 5 pillars of faith for Islam. If you can't remember them, just scroll up.
Have the adult sign the paper, and turn it in tomorrow.