The proofs of prophethood
Believing in prophets and messengers is a key pillar of faith in Islam. This unit unpacks the nature and necessity of these individuals by first exploring the ethical need for guidance facilitated by prophets. Students then go on to examine two types of proofs of prophethood in detail: mind-based or cognitive proofs (e.g., miracles) and heart-based proofs (e.g., prophetic character traits).
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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.
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.
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.
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