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Grade 10
Chapter 15: Islamic Civilization
Section 1: Origins of Islam
Arabia Before Islam:
 Arabia is a huge peninsula, it is nearly twice the size of Alaska.
 Arabia is extremely dry, it receives little rain and has no permanent
rivers. Much of Arabia is covered by desert.
 The Rub’ al-Khali or “Empty Quarter” desert covers much of the
o Summer temperatures in these arid lands are some of the hottest
in the world.
o The peninsula’s harsh environment helped keep foreign invaders
out of Arabia for most of its history.
o The population of Arabia depended on oases, an oasis is a place in
a desert where water can be found.
Living in Arabia:
 The people of Arabia, practiced two different ways of life in ancient times.
o Some were nomads. Nomads were people with no permanent
homes and who moved from oasis to oasis to water their flocks
and survive.
 Arab nomads were known as Bedouins.
 They herded sheep, goats & camels.
 Bedouins were skilled warriors.
o Some were the Sedentary Arabs, who lived as farmers and
 Farmers tended fields watered by oases.
 Merchants set up shop in oasis towns along Arabia’s main
trade router.
 Trade brought wealth and attracted settlers.
The Rise of Islam:
 Muslims consider Muhammad (PBUH) the prophet of their religion =
o He was born in Mecca, a town in the Hijaz.
o Mecca used to be a religious center.
 Had an important shrine called the Kaaba where Arabs
came to worship their gods.
 Every year, a religious fair attracted thousands of people.
o In 610, the angel Gabriel appeared before Muhammad in the cave.
Gabriel told him to recite, or say out loud, messages from God.
 Muslims believe that Gabriel brought more messages from
Muhammad (PBUH), passed these messages on to his
They later wrote down these messages in the Quran, the
Islamic holy book.
Preaching a New Message:
 Muhammad (PBUH) began to preach in the streets of Mecca.
 He told Arabs to worship only one God and to change many of their
 He said that he had received revelations from God. He compared their
God to the God who had spoken to Abraham & Jesus.
 He began to win believers but many Meccans opposed Islam.
o They believed Islam will reduce their status and wealth.
o They feared they would anger their gods.
o And they were threatened by this new way life.
 622, Muhammad (PBUH) and his fellow muslims fled Mecca and moved to
the town of Medina. Later, they fought against Mecca and won, taking
over and making it the center of Muslims.
Section 2: Beliefs of Islam
Sources of Islamic Teaching:
 The Quran is Islam’s holy book, it is also the main source of Islamic
o It consists of 114 chapters in verse form.
o The verses discuss the nature of God, creation, & the human soul.
They also address moral, legal and family issues.
 The Sunnah is another key source of Islamic thought, or traditions of
Muhammad (PBUH). He is considered the best role model.
 The recorded accounts of the prophet’s sayings and actions are called the
Monotheism: The believe that there is only one God.
The Five Pillars of Islam:
 Belief: The first pillar is starting a belief that there is nor god but Allah
and the messenger is Muhammad (PBUH).
 Prayer: Religious duty for Muslims to pray five times a day.
 Charity: The third pilled of Islam is giving charity to the needy. Muslims
must share their wealth with the less fortunate.
 Fasting: The fourth pillar is fasting during Ramadan, a month on the
Islamic calendar.
 Pilgrimage: The fifth pillar is hajj, or pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.