Connect Junior is Africa Inland Mission’s new quarterly prayer magazine for children aged 8-14. This page includes accompanying resources for issue seven, which featured North Africa and Islamic people.
Followers of Islam are called Muslims. They believe there is one God, who is called Allah. Muslims believe that Islam was revealed over 1,400 years ago in Mecca, to a man called Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel. Muhammad is so revered that it is usual for Muslims to say ‘peace be upon him’ whenever they mention his name. Muhammad is believed by Muslims to be the last prophet sent by God. According to Muslims, God sent prophets to mankind to teach them how to live according to his law. Jesus (Isa), Moses (Musa) and Abraham (Ibrahim) are other respected prophets.
The Muslim holy book is called the Qur’an. Muslims believe this to be the word of God as dictated to Muhammad. Muslims follow the five basic Pillars of Islam. They are an essential part of Muslim life. Muslims worship in a building called a Mosque. On Friday at noon, the most important of the weekly services is held. When Muslims pray, they must always face Mecca.
Modern Standard Arabic is a written language, but in many places in North Africa locals speak an unwritten Arabic dialect. Watch the video below and see if you can learn any phrases…
‘Henna hands’ colouring sheet
For over 4000 years, women have been using henna to make temporary tattoo designs on their hands and feet. Before any celebration in North Africa, women gather together to paint intricate designs on each other. Why not download this hand template and have a go at designing one that reminds us that God doesn’t forget us?
This printable prayer sheet provides a brief introduction to North Africa and hasa number of prayer points to help you pray for those who live there. Use it on your own or with your youth group and church. Download the latest version here.
What’s for dinner?
This Lamb Kefta Tagine (a spicy meatball stew with eggs) is a common dish in North Africa. Why not download the recipe and have a go at cooking it yourself? If you don’t have a tagine, you can cook this in a casserole dish. If you don’t like really spicy food, eat this with a yoghurt based dip.