95. Illuminated Quran: The Fig

This is the 95th part of our series on the Tafsir of Quran for children.  

This surah mentiones the fig, the olive tree, Mt. Sinai and a city that is probably Mecca.  It is possible that these things refer to 4 major world religions and that the fig tree refers to Budhhism.  This interpretation is not certain but this surah presents an opportunity to discuss the characteristics of major world religions that call us to a higher understanding of human consciousness and the similarities of the teachers who brought these religions to man.  

For the purposes of this lesson I plan to give a short synopsis of the lives of these teachers and ask the children to think about their stories.  If you would like to know more about the life of the Buddah there is a short synopsis and app at this link: Buddah for Kids.  If you would like to read more about the life of Prophet Isa (a) there is a chapter concerning his story in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  If you would like to read more about the life of Prophet Musa (a) and the events on Mt. Sinai there is a chapter concerning this in The Story of Moses by Karimah Sperling.  If you would like to read to your children about the life of the Prophet Muhammad (s) and the events surrounding his revelation in Mecca there are chapters concerning these events in The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.  

Discussion questions:  where did the Buddah recieve his enlightenment?  Where did Prophet Isa (a) teach?  Where did Prophet Musa (a) recieve the laws?  Where was the Prophet Muhammad (s) when the angel told him to read?  What were these teachers trying to tell us?  

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

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