Stories, Incidents and Experiences

Activity 6

What should I say, what should I do?

Young people discuss real or imagined incidents where there is uncertainty about what should happen next. They write letters or messages to a helpline, blog or agony column, and discuss and draft possible answers. Also, they consider where they themselves would turn for advice, assistance and guidance on matters such as those raised by the stories. They evaluate the real answers given on similar topics in Muslim magazines or on Muslim websites. Download activity 6.

Activity 7

Living and learning

Young people are given about six short extracts from biographical writings by or about British Muslims, and draw up lists of questions they would like to ask if they had the opportunity to meet the people who are featured in the writings. They then convert these into real interview schedules and use the schedules to interview certain individuals. They may then write similar pieces themselves, or create video diaries. Download activity 7.

Activity 8

Support and guidance

Young people are told, and re-tell, stories from the early years of Islam, dwelling in particular on events where the Prophet or one of his companions acted as a role-model. They apply the stories and their teachings to everyday life in modern Britain. Download activity 8.

Activity 9

Fool, trickster, rogue or sage?

Young people read or enact a number of Mullah Nasruddin stories, and re-tell some of them using modern contexts and references. Which stories show a foolish or ignorant person, which show a trickster, which a rogue, and which a wise person? Do some show all four? Can they summarize the teachings in the stories with pithy sayings of their own devising? Instead or as well, which pithy or proverbial sayings, in a collection provided for them, do they consider most relevant to summarize each story? Download activity 9.

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