Week 10: Muhammad (570 – 632 AD)


Read K – 5:  Muhammad by Demi AND skim information on these sites:

6 – 8: Muhammad of Mecca, Prophet of Islam by Elsa Marston AND read information on these sites:


  • What happened to Muhammad’s parents? (died when he was very young)
  • Who raised Muhammad? (grandfather & uncle)
  • What was Muhammad’s nickname in business? (the trustworthy)
  • What type of work did Muhammad do as a young man? (merchant, trader)
  • What was the name of Muhammad’s first wife? (Khadijah)
  • What happened to Muhammad in the cave just outside of Mecca? (said he saw the angel Gabriel who told him to recite.)
  • What message did Muhammad bring to the people? (there is only one God, be good to the poor, etc.)
  • What is considered to be the holy book of Islam? (the Koran)
  • What was the Kabah? (square structure with a meteorite set into the corner; located in Mecca; many Arabs worshiped there.)
  • Before Muhammad preached to the Arabic people, how many gods did they worship? (hundreds)
  • What tribe fiercely opposed Muhammad? (the Quraysh)
  • How are Muslims called to prayer? (Man calling)
  • T/F Muhammad and his followers fought many battles. (T)
  • Do Muslims believe in the Trinity? (no)
  • What foods should Muslims avoid? (alcohol & pork)
  • What are the 5 pillars of Islam? (1.) There is one God, Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet)
    2.) Muslims must face the Kabah in Mecca and pray 5 times a day)
    3.) Give to the poor
    4.) Fast during Ramadan
    5.) Pilgrimage to Mecca
  • What were Muhammad’s friend, Abu Bakr’s words to the people when Muhammad died? ( If you worship Muhammad, Muhammad is dead; If you worship God, God is living, & eternal, immortal.)

Questions for Grades 6 – 8:

  • What were the Satanic verses? (Muhammad was told by revelation that Muslims could worship at the shrines of 3 female gods, then received another revelation that no, Muslims must worship only God; Muhammad reasoned the first message must have come from Satan.)
  • According to the Koran, how many wives can a Muslim take? (4 but they must be treated equally)
  • How many wives did Muhammad have? (more than 4; most sources say at least 11 and he also had concubines)
  • Who was Aisha? (one of Muhammad’s wives – possibly his favorite after Khadijah; married her when she was 6; Muhammad consummated the marriage when she was 9; she gave us much information about his life.)
  • Originally Muhammad and his followers faced what city when they prayed? (Jerusalem)
  • According to the Koran, can men divorce their wives? (yes, as long as they provide for them)
  • T/F Muhammad was both a spiritual & political leader. (True)
  • What is jihad? (Holy War – Muslims must fight to protect, defend & advance Muslim community)
  • If a tribe was attacked but agreed to become Muslims what was the result? (tribe could live)
  • If a tribe was attacked but did not become Muslims what was the result? (all were killed)
  • Did the Jewish tribes living near Muhammad accept his teachings? (No)

Activities: K – 2: Create a model of the 5 pillars of Islam similar to what is shown on this website: Toilet paper and paper towel rolls work great, but if you don’t have enough, paper can be rolled up and taped for the same effect.
3 – 6: Write a paragraph telling what you’ve learned about Muhammad and Islam. Write another paragraph contrasting Jesus and Muhammad. Then, from the chart on the website you just read: copy two of the chart comparisons of Jesus & Muhammad. Choose two that stood out most to you.
7 – 8: Write a 5 paragraph 3 proof essay describing the life of Muhammad, the teachings of Islam, and how it contrasts with Christianity. Then, from the chart on the website you just read copy two of the chart comparisons of Jesus & Muhammad. Choose two that stood out most to you.


Copyright August 21st, 2014 by Gwen Fredette

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