These stories are all about fairness. The stories are:

  • The Great Race (Chinese Folk Tale)
  • The Workers in the Vineyard (Christianity)
  • The Story of Sudama and his Friend, Lord Krishna (Hinduism)
  • The Lion and the Stag (Humanism)
  • The Story of Muhammad and Makkah (Islam)
  • Bhai Lehna and the Selfless Sikh (Sikhism)

The story of the Great Race is a fable told in China often around New Year. Each year is named after one of the twelve animals that took part in the race and forms the Chinese Zodiac. Some people think the race was not fair to all the animals who took part as some were better able to succeed. Listen up to see what you think.

Theme: It's not fair!

Community: Chinese Folk Tale

The story demonstrates that God wants to provide for us, irrespective of what we have done to deserve it. This is known as grace. The Kingdom of heaven is used here to describe the way God intends the world to be.

Theme: It's not fair!

Community: Christianity

The story of Sudama and Krishna helps some Hindus understand what karma means. It is not just ‘do good and you will get good back’; it is about doing the right thing without expecting reward or punishment.

Theme: It's not fair!

Community: Hinduism

This tale is an adaptation of two of Aesops fables. Aesop was a slave in ancient Greece who liked to tell stories. He was a keen observer of both animals and humans, and he wrote for entertainment but also to teach us about morality.

Theme: It's not fair!

Community: Humanism

This story comes from the Hadith tradition which are narrations about the Prophet Muhammad’s life which were written and shared after he died.

Theme: It's not fair!

Community: Islam

There were 10 Guru’s or wise teachers, the first was called Nanak Dev Ji and the second Sikh Guru, Guru Angad Dev Ji. Before he became a Guru, he was a shopkeeper called Bhai Lehna Ji. This is a historical story about his life.

Theme: It's not fair!

Community: Sikhism

This is the story of Isaac, Rebekah and their two boys Jacob and Esau. Jacob, with the help of his mother Rebekah, tricked his father to take his brother Esau's blessing - which was clearly not fair.

Theme: It's not fair!

Community: Judaism