Last Wednesday some of our Religious Studies students spent the day taking part in a Multi-Faith Tour of Manchester.
Firstly our students visited the Jewish Museum, where they received an introduction to the Jewish faith – Judaism.
Judaism is an ancient monotheistic, Abrahamic religion, with the Torah as its foundational text. The Torah is part of a larger text known as the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible. Judaism is the 10th largest religion in the world with up to 17.4 million adherents.
The religion has it’s roots in the Bronze Age Middle East, and spans more than 3,000. It is one of the oldest monotheistic religions. Many aspects of Judaism have influenced secular Western ethics, civil law and morality.
The students had the opportunity to look about the exhibitions, including a Holocaust memorial. They were also encouraged to try on the traditional dress used for worship.
Our students received a warm welcome at Sri Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara, where they had an open discussion about the faith of Sikhism. After that they were treated to a delicious langar. The langar is a free vegetarian meal served to all visitors, without distinction of religion, caste, gender, or ethnicity.
Sikhism is a religion originating from the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent in the 15th century. Despite being one of the youngest of the major religions it is still the 9th largest.
Sikhism is based on the spiritual teachings of Guru Nanak, the first Guru and the nine Sikh gurus that succeeded him. Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Guru, named the Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib as his successor.
The Guru Granth Sabib is now their eternal, religious spiritual guide, it’s tenants include faith and meditation on the name of the one creator, equality, unity, justice, honesty, selfless service, and prosperity for all.
Finally the BCHS students were welcomed to the Khizra Mosque, where they discovered the work the mosque does in the local community, and the youth facilities the mosque maintains.
Islam is also an Abrahamic monotheistic religion, that teaches there is only old God, Allah, and that Muhammad is his messenger. It is the 2nd largest religion with Muslims making up 24% of the world’s population. It is believed to have originated in the early 7th century in Mecca.
The primary scriptures of Islam are the Quran, which is the verbatim word of God, and the teachings of Muhammad. Muslims practice the Five Pillars of Islam, acts of worship, and follow Islamic law, which touches on virtually every aspect of life.
In conclusion our students had an eye-opening day, seeing different faiths in action, as well as having the opportunity ask many questions to the faith representatives they met.