Winning through sacrifice: A rewarding means of worship
It is natural for Muslim youth to wonder about the purpose of rituals in Islam, specifically those that require sacrifice. This unit takes a multi-dimensional approach to understanding sacrifice in Islam, and explores the innumerable benefits religious rituals can procure in our lives.
Unit overview, learning objectives and content standards
Lesson 1: Sacred surrender
Through introspection and comparative analysis, students will realize that rituals of sacrifice speak to what is deified or deemed sacred in a society. By the end of this lesson, students will recognize that sacrifice in Islam is a vehicle to show love and gratitude to God, leading to benefits in this life and in the hereafter.
1.1 Worksheet: Opening activity
1.2 Worksheet: Venn diagram
1.3 Worksheet: Sacrifice for the sacred
1.4 Worksheet: Portraits of sacrifice
1.5 Resources: Portraits of sacrifice
Lesson 2: Fasting of the mind, body, and soul
In this lesson, students will focus on the ritual of fasting as an expression of love and devotion toward God. Students will acknowledge that while Islamic rituals such as fasting are done for God, it is ultimately we, as individuals and communities, who benefit.
2.1 Worksheet: Fasting Muslim
2.2 Teacher reference: Fasting at a glance
2.3 Worksheet: Attaining taqwa
2.4 Worksheet: Fasting scenarios
2.5 Worksheet: Benefits of fasting
2.6 Worksheet: Fasting for taqwa
Lesson 3: Zakat: More than just charity
This lesson gives students the conceptual framework to understand and appreciate the Islamic ritual of zakat. Students will participate in the act of giving zakat to recognize its utility in producing a collective community. The experiential learning in this lesson will conclude the unit with the understanding that the Islamic worldview of sacrifice is a mindset that results in inner purity and a fruitful life.
3.1 Worksheet: Personal attitudes towards wealth
3.2 Worksheet: Zakat: Divine objectives and benefits
3.3 Worksheet: Potential benefits of zakat
3.4 Worksheet: Reframing the "all-mine" worldview
3.5 Worksheet: Winning through sacrifice