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A Muslim response to suffering

A Muslim response to suffering
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Key Info
  • A Muslim response to suffering
  • Duration: 03:20
  • Presenter Reverend Peter Owen-Jones visits Tigray in Ethiopia to find out how religious believers respond to repeated famine. He recalls the famine of the 1980s and sees the beauty of the country. In the valley of Negash he visits the first Muslim settlement in Sub-Saharan Africa and joins in with a prayer meeting. He talks with people about the problem of suffering and whether their prayers are ever left unanswered. He gives a personal reflection on how his experiences have not matched his rather uneasy expectations.
  • Subject:

    Religious Education

       Topic:

    Beliefs: Multifaith and Non-religious

  • Keywords: God, Allah, suffering, evil, Islam, Christian, benevolent, omnipotent, belief, natural evil,
Ideas for use in class
  • This would be appropriate when considering the problem of suffering and evil. Pupils may prepare for this clip by watching clips from the 1980s famine reports in Ethiopia. They might be asked to consider how religious believers respond to this and what life in Ethiopia might be like now. After viewing the clip they could give one response they identified correctly, two things they were surprised by and three questions they might like to ask the presenter or the Muslim believers.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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