One of the most wonderful things about learning RE is all the fascinating careers that the subject can lead to. Here at Penwortham Girls’, we think it’s crucial that students experience first-hand how their knowledge and skills is useful for real life careers.
This term, Year 7 have enjoyed stepping into the shoes of book illustrators to illustrate the story of the Prophet Muhammad’s life, without using images of God or Prophet Muhammad. In the first lesson of the topic, ‘What Unites Muslims?’ students discussed what is needed for a religion to begin and why Muslims believe it is disrespectful to picture Allah or Prophet Muhammad. Students followed the school’s core value of ‘dignity’, by not picturing Allah or Prophet Muhammad in their drawings. Picturing Allah or Prophet Muhammad is known as shirk, which is a sin in Islam. The most important belief in Islam is the belief in one God (tawhid). Therefore, Muslims do not associate any pictures with God or Muhammad.
Using a storyboard, students read the story of the Prophet Muhammad’s life and created drawings to illustrate His life. The teachers were blown away with their creative drawing skills. It is clear that we have some budding book illustrators in year 7! They should be very proud of their work. Here are some amazing examples: