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Introduction

Overview, learning objectives and content standards

Lesson 1: The need for prophetic guidance

This lesson invites students to think about the human need for guidance in all spheres of life. To do so, students will examine historical practices that were once culturally acceptable but are now morally reprehensible, suggesting the necessity of guidance from revelation, which is facilitated through prophets.

Lesson instructions
1.1 Worksheet: Scenario cards
1.2 Teacher reference: Chosen human prophets
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Lesson 2: Verifying prophethood: the Prophet’s ﷺ miracles

The second lesson analyzes the nature of miracles and how they function as cognitive (or “mind-based”) proofs of a prophet’s claim to prophethood. Students will focus on one of Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ physical miracles as a case study.

Lesson instructions
2.1 Teacher reference: Mu’jiza misconceptions
2.2 Worksheet: Prophetic miracles
2.3 Worksheet: Infographic requirements
Presentation

Lesson 3: Meeting Muhammad ﷺ: the prophet’s character

The third and final lesson shifts from studying physical miracles to examining affective (or “heart-based”) proofs. Students will explore five exemplary character traits of the Prophet (s) and reflect on how the accumulation of all these virtues in one person is itself a miracle. Students will end the lesson and unit by reflecting on how to love the Prophet Muhammad (s), emulate him in their own lives, and contribute to his legacy.

Lesson instructions
3.1 Worksheet: QR codes
3.2 Worksheet: Meeting Muhammad ﷺ
3.3 Worksheet: Loving Muhammad ﷺ
Presentation

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