80. Illuminated Quran: He Frowned

This is the 80th part of our series on the Tafsir of Quran for children.

This surah speaks about a blind man coming to the Prophet (s) and says that the Prophet (s) frowned and turned away.  

What is less clear is whom the Prophet (s) is turning away from, a person who is literally blind or the unbelievers who are blind to the miracles of Allah (s).  

This surah presents an excellent opportunity to discuss which meaning can be taken here or in any other context.  Should we as believers try to see a higher meaning in things that are not clearly understood or should we take only literal understanding at every opportunity.

This surah reminds me of thr story of the elephant and the blind men.  The blind men came to learn what is an elephant.  One man took the leg and said an elephant is like a tree.  Another took the trunk and said an elephant is like a snake.  A third took the tail and said an elephant is like a rope.  

When reading and learning about Quran we are all like the blind men who have a very limited understanding.  This surah reminds us that our understanding is not complete and we must ask for guidance and not reject it like the Quraysh.  

Discussion question:  can blindness refer to people who are physically blind and people who choose to ignore the truth?

Have you ever had difficulty understanding something that you cannot see?  

When you understand and someone else does not see how do you describe it to them?

Please share your ideas for teaching the Tafsir of Quran to children.  

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