Islam and Citizenship Education (ICE) Project

In 2008–09 the ICE Project developed 50 lesson plans for use in mosque-based educational contexts. The objectives of some of the lessons are briefly summarized below. All can be viewed in detail at ICE. The lessons are intended for the 9–14 age-range.

1. What is Citizenship?

To introduce the ICE Programme and the pupils’ role within it and learn what citizenship is.

2. Guidelines for holding a dialogue

To know what a dialogue is, what makes a good dialogue, and understand that Islam encourages dialogue in order to seek the truth and to build relationships

3. Enquiry and research

To learn that Islam encourages questioning and seeking of correct information from a range of sources

4. The Masjid, the Madrasah, the Community

To learn how we can contribute to the community through the madrasah and that working closely together in the community is part of citizenship

5. Resolving conflict

To learn the Islamic method of resolving conflict and that good citizens deal with conflicts in a peaceful and lawabiding way, and to understand that the greater jihad is the struggle to do good and to stay away from bad

6. Community cohesion

To learn what community cohesion means, understand that different communities have valuable contributions to make towards the betterment of society, and explore Islamic teachings regarding living and working with others

7. The Constitution of Madinah – a multifaith society

To learn about the world’s first attempt to lay down the principles for a multifaith society. and appreciate that the Messenger Muhammad (pbuh) encouraged all people living in Madinah to exercise their rights and fulfil their responsibilities

8. Being a British Muslim

To understand that we can be both Muslim and British

9. Volunteering and giving charity

To understand that both Islam and citizenship teach us to volunteer and give charity

10. Active citizenship

To understand the nature of active citizenship and that active citizenship is part of the Islamic way of life

11. Islam and the environment

To learn that both as Muslims and as citizens we have a responsibility for the environment, to understand that we need to preserve earth’s resources for future generations, and to show gratitude for God’s blessings by using natural resources wisely

12. Equality issues: roles of men and women

To understand what Islam says about the role of men and women in the modern world, and that both men and women are equal citizens

13. Informed decisions and responsible actions

To understand that as Muslims we are required to make informed decisions and take responsible actions

14. British or Muslim, or British Muslim?

To explain that individuals have multiple identities, and we should not have to choose one identity over another, understand there are religious, ethnic, cultural and national identities, and understand that Islam encourages us to celebrate similarities and respect differences

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