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Last Updated: Tuesday October 04 2005 17:02 GMT

Ramadan

Citizenship 11-14/KS3/Levels E&F
Race and religion

Overview

The Taj Mahal in India
Newsround met up with a group of young footie players whose team lost points for not playing during Ramadan.

Try some activities based on resources on the Newsround website. We will publish additional stories throughout the month.

Learning aims
  • Example of religious diversity in the UK
  • Institutions need to be flexible to accommodate differing beliefs
Icebreakers

Read out this news story and Press Pack report:

Main activity

RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS
The Qur'an

Students can research Ramadan and festivals from other faiths using our religious festivals guide.

Using information from the guide and Fatemeh's Press Pack write a letter to the Football Association explaining why Abraham Moss Warriors were unable to play their match and why Ramadan is important to Muslims.

Extension activity

Students could test their knowledge of Ramadan with this quiz.

Plenary

Students read out their letters to the class.

Ask students to look at these quotations from the news story:

  • "I don't think it's right," said one player, Akim
  • "It's unfair," said team-mate Aaran
Ask students: Why does Akim think losing points is not right? Why does Aaran say that it's unfair?

Teachers' Background

Click on the links in the top right corner of this page for lots of information about being Muslim, gathered during a week of Newsround programmes called Islam Week.

More information

During the 29/30 days of Ramadan all adult Muslims must give up food, drink and smoking during the hours of daylight.

Islam began in Arabia and was revealed to humanity by the Prophet Muhammad. Those who follow Islam are called Muslims. Muslims believe that there is only one God, called Allah.

Islam has emerged as the second largest religion in the UK. There are 1.5 million Muslims, comprising 2.7% of the population.

The end of Ramadan is marked with the celebration of Eid. This festival is to thank Allah for the help and strength given throughout the previous month.


For hundreds more news-based lessons, click on Teachers on the left hand side.



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