ATC Teacher Assignments 3
C H A P T E R 3
Lesson 2 Reading Strategy
Muhammad and Islam
(Across the Centuries pp.
pages 58-59 as children are
Thinking Focus: Find details to
support the statement, "Islam, like other religions, is not only a
system of beliefs but also a way of life"
The Life of the
In about A.D. 570,
Muhammad was born into the Quraysh tribe. Muslims believe that on a
visit to Mount Hira in 610, the angel Gabriel spoke to him. The angel
told him to speak to others in the name of God. Muslims say this was the
first of Muhammad's many messages from God. The messages made Muhammad
sure that there was one God. Belief in one God is called monotheism.
Allah, the God Muhammad believed in, is the same God as that of Judaism
and Christianity. Muhammad called his faith Islam. Believers in Islam
are called Muslims.
Muhammad began to preach to members
of his tribe. Quraysh leaders in Mecca became worried. They refused to
trade with Muhammad and his followers. When Arabs outside of Mecca
became interested in Muhammad's message, the Quraysh leaders planned to
kill the prophet. In 622, Muhammad and his followers left Mecca for
Medina. This migration was known as the Hijra.
Over the next eight years Islam
grew. Muhammad's enemies tried to get rid of Islam. But nomadic tribes
and some Meccan leaders joined the Muslims. Muhammad created an army of
10,000 men, which, in 630, marched into Mecca. The city gave up without
a fight. Muhammad removed idols from the Ka'bah, which again became a
place of worship for the one God. The area around the Ka'bah became the
first mosque. When Muhammad died in 632, many people in the central and
western coastal regions of Arabia were Muslims.
? How was the religion of Islam
founded, and how did it spread?
[shocking how they left out all the aggressive
slaughters of non-Muslims]
Muslim (muz'lam) a believer in Islam
monotheism (mon a-the-iz am) belief in only one God
Islam (Is-lam) a religion based on the teachings of the prophet Muhammad
mosque (mosk) a Muslim church or house of worship
See also: What's in the textbook,
Across the Centuries
Lesson 2 Preview - directs children to write that the Quran
is Allah's words!
obvious brainwashing strategy!
Lesson 2 Summary -
"The Life of the Prophet"