They will tell you this Access Islam program is sponsored by the Department of Education, but will not tell you that it is being funded by Muslim countries, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and pushed on schools by designated terrorist group CAIR.
he initial phase of the program involves the basic tenets of Islam, called the five pillars of Islam. Teachers instruct students to ‘Create a poster about 5 Pillars of Islam to be displayed in classroom and around the school.’
According to the Access Islam syllabus, “students explore and understand the basic beliefs of Islam as well as the Five Pillars that guide Muslims in their daily life.”
Here are some ‘highlights’
Describe the basic beliefs of Islam;
Explain the meaning of each of the Five Pillars of Islam;
Compare and contrast the Five Pillars of Islam with the duties of other religions with which they are familiar.
Explain to students that in this lesson they are going to learn about the basic beliefs of Islam and focus on learning about the core duties of Muslims, the Five Pillars. Divide the class into pairs and direct students to the Muslims Teachers Guide FRONTLINE PBS website. Provide them with a focus for media interaction, instructing them to read the sections: “Beliefs of Muslims” and “Major Practices/Duties of Muslims” and record, on their Student Response Sheet 1: The Five Pillars of Islam, the six major beliefs and the name of each of the Five Pillars and a description of that pillar. After students have recorded this information, review the major beliefs and the Five Pillars as a whole class, addressing any questions, such as vocabulary and definitions, during the discussion. Record a list of the Five Pillars on the board during the class discussion so students have a clear visual reference to all of the pillars throughout the rest of the lesson.
SHAHADAH: The repeating of this automatically makes your child a Muslim in the eyes of Islam.
Have students read about what it means to proclaim faith or belief as a Muslim. Have students, individually, silently read the Shahadah. Ask the students to think about what the Shahadah means. Why do they think that this statement is a significant part of being a Muslim? Record their thoughts on their Student Response Sheet 2: The Five Pillars of Islam handout, and discuss these questions as a class.
SALAT: Next, students will look more closely at the second pillar, which is Salat or prayer. Have students watch the Muslim Prayer video.
Describe the process that Muslims go through to prepare to pray.
Describe the process of praying in Islam. How many times each day, and when, do Muslims pray?
What do the prayers sound like?
What do the movements look like?
In which direction do Muslims pray?
Why do they face this way?
What are some of the things Muslims say during prayer?
Why do Muslims pray?
How is prayer in Islam similar to prayer in other religions?
How is it different?
Why is prayer important in Islam
Zakaat: Donating money to the mosque, some of which goes to funding terrorism.
What is Zakaat?
What is emphasized in Zakaat?
Why do Muslims make donations?
How much money is a person expected to give to charitable causes?
What is the relationship between prayer and money?
How is zakaat different from ordinary charity that Muslims might give?
SAWM: Next, students will examine the fourth pillar, which is fasting.
Why is Ramadan described as “expecting a month long guest?”
Explain the guidelines for fasting during Ramadan. When is eating allowed? At what age does a Muslim begin fasting? Does fasting only occur during Ramadan? Are there other rules?
Describe some of the challenges one might encounter when fasting during Ramadan. Describe some of the benefits.
Hajj means pilgrimage to Mecca (non-Muslims banned)
Students must answer the following:
What is the goal or focus of the Hajj?
What is the purpose of the special garments that the pilgrims wear?
How do these American Muslims react to the Hajj? In what ways is it a meaningful experience for them? What unanticipated responses did they have during their journey to Arabia?
Sources: INN and BNI