Step one: Find a story!
Search for a recent newspaper story (on-line or print) that paints an inaccurate picture of Islam. If you are unable to find an article, you can Google search images related to Islam. (Note: when searching images, there may be some that are harsh and inappropriate for children).
Step two: Write a response and share it with your family!
Time to voice your opinion and write a response to the article or image. Discuss your response with your family and see if new ideas are shared, and if everyone agrees.
- Start by stating clearly what the assumption or misrepresentation is in the article or image then respond to it using your knowledge of Islamic values and sharing your personal experience.
- Write a reflection that expresses Islam the way you understand it.
- Make the article/reflection concise, compelling, rational and relevant.
Need some inspiration? Turn to some of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s quotes or speeches for inspiration, tone and approach.
Dinner Time Discussion:
- What guidance does Mawlana Hazar Imam give us related to education and how does this relate to misperceptions of Islam?
- Look at what you wrote and think about if you had all the information you needed to write a response. What would have helped you to write a better response?
- Consider the tone of your response. How do you demonstrate evenness, openness and authenticity in your response?
Bonus activity: Take your reporter skills on the road. Interview at least 5 people about stereotypes and misperceptions of Islam. Create questions before you engage with others, some good ones to start are below:
- What are some common misperceptions you have heard about Islam?
- How do you feel when you hear something negative about Islam?
- How do you respond to misperceptions?
Note - these activities are for home discussion, to bring a greater understanding of the faith.
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