Read the article 'From the archive: Of rosary beads and Ramadan' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. What is Ramadan? Why is it important to Islam?
2. What is fasting? When do we fast in Catholicism? Why do we fast?
3. What are your thoughts on Mary’s role in Islam? Why do you think she holds such a special role in Islam?
4. What can you learn from meeting and talking to people of other religions? Why is this important to peace?
5. What do you think Beth Doherty and Hala Bazzi learned from each other?
1. Comparative religions: Research a religion and compare it to Catholicism. What do they believe? How do they pray? How do they worship? In what ways are they similar to Catholics? How are they different?
Organise your research into a presentation to show your class.
2. Mary in the Bible & Qu’ran: Create a poster board comparing Mary in the Bible and Mary in the Qu'ran. You can use this article and do your own research online or in the library. What are the similarities between the way Catholics and Muslims honour Mary? How is it different? What do we learn about Mary in the Bible? What does the Qu'ran say? Are they the same?
When you're finished, share your poster with your class.
For younger students
Draw a picture of Mary showing what she means to Catholics and Muslims. Write words around your drawing that show what Mary means to us and what you’ve learned she means to Muslims.
Your teacher can hang up your classes' pictures for everyone to see.
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