Curriculum Kernewek

Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2011

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+ Guide to Islam

Islam is the second largest religion in the world and is based on the Qur'an, which Muslims consider to be the word of God as revealed to the prophet Muhammad. Muslim populations are predominantly found across South Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa and generally fall into two denominations, Sunni and Shia.

The 2011 Census showed a population of 855 Muslims living in Cornwall. A significant number of these originally came to Cornwall to work in the restaurant trade or within the medical profession, although more recently the University has attracted a small population of Muslim students.

During the 1980's the nearest place for Muslims living in Cornwall to celebrate Eid was in Exeter, then later Plymouth. In the 1990's, members of the Muslim community came together to form the Cornwall Islamic Trust. After many years of fund raising the Cornwall Islamic Trust opened the Cornwall Islamic Community Centre (previously Quenchwell Chapel) in Carnon Downs.

Members of the Muslim Community participate in the Cornwall Faith Forum and support 'Dor Kemmyn' (meaning Common Ground in Cornish) the interfaith initiative to build a new shared centre for Cornwall's spiritual communities.

The Centre has become an important focus for:

+ religious celebrations and gatherings like Ramadan, Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha.

+ cultural occasions/rites of passage, for instance marriages and deaths.

+ weekly events including prayers, meetings and educational sessions for different groups e.g. women, youth etc.