My kids have been aware that Easter is coming ever since the Easter eggs came out in the local supermarket the day after Christmas! So, it’s Easter next week and I decided to explain to my children that Easter isn’t just a time of year when people scoff a load of chocolate eggs (even though it seems that way these days). I think they need to be aware that Easter has religious significance to some people, even though it is not something we celebrate as Muslims.
I know there are Muslims who do take part in Easter celebrations, perhaps due to their ignorance on its origins, but we follow the opinion that does not allow us to take part in celebrations of other religions. We cannot avoid this celebration as it’s presented to us in almost every shop we enter, but I can teach my children about this celebration so that they understand who celebrates Easter and why, and why we don’t celebrate it.
Last night I put together a set of 10 worksheets to read and complete. It covers the Pagan origins of Easter, the link to Christianity, the Islamic perspective on Jesus (peace be upon him) as well as details on why Muslims are not allowed to participate in Easter celebrations.
Below are snap shots of the worksheets. You can download them HERE.
My son completed this mini study as a reading comprehension exercise. He also did his own research to include relevant verses in the Qur’an to support his answers.
When giving proof that both Christians and Muslims are forbidden to eat the flesh of swine he used the following verses:
- Qur’an: Surah Al Ma’idah 5:3
- Bible: Deuteronomy 14:8
When answering question on the pagan practise of jumping over bonfires and superstitions regarding hot cross buns he used the following verses from the Qur’an as proof:
- Qur’an: Surah Yunus 10:106
- Qur’an: Surah Yunus 10:107
When writing about the beliefs that Muslims hold regarding Jesus (Isa), peace be upon him, he used the following ayat to support his statements that Jesus is a Messenger of Allah and not the Son of God; that Jesus was not crucified and did not die and that Jesus is not God on earth:
- Surah Al-Ikhlaas 112:3
- Surah Al Baqarah 2:116
- Surah At-Tawbah 9:30
- Surah Al Kahf 18:4-5
- Surah Maryam 19:89-91
- Surah An-Nisaa 4:171
- Surah An-Nisaa 4:157
- Surah Aal-I-Imran 3:55
- Surah Aal-I-Imran 3:59