Pool of Paradise: Mount Qaf

This is the conclusion of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

THE POOL OF PARADISE

 

On this day when the 6 days of Shawal have ended we have reached the Pool of Paradise.  The birds looked into the pool and they did not find their reflection but the longer they looked the more clearly they saw a golden light take form.  The form was that of the Simourgh their king and leader who slowly vanished before their eyes and there were no more birds and no more Simourgh and no more pool and only the light of Allah (s) remained.

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Death

This is the 38th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

VALLEY OF DEATH

 

When the Prophet Idris (a) ascended he saw the

Sirat ul Mustaqueem and the darkness that lay bellow.

 

The purpose of the trials on this journey is to strengthen the consciousness with the will so that there is a tempered soul that survives the trial of death.  We are not what we were when we started our journey.

 

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Astonishement

This is the 37th part of the Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

VALLEY OF ASTONISHMENT

 

In the night Musa (a) saw the acacia tree did not burn yet was full of flames.  We live in a dream yet Musa (a) awoke in this valley and heard the voice of Allah (s).  We have nearly arrived so take heart.

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Unity

This is the 36th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.  Today we pass the Valley of Unity.

 

VALLEY OF UNITY

 

In the valley below you can see the Sidratul Muntaha (Lote Tree) glowing with the light of angels.  The Prophet (s) ascended through the heavens on Isra wal Miraj and he came to this tree.  Beyond it he was untied with the presence of his Lord and so we find ourselves in the Valley of Unity.

 

The Prophet (s) came to this place of unity and then returned to tell the tale.  What a tale you shall tell your chicks and goslings one day!

 

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Detachment

This is the 35th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

VALLEY OF DETACHMENT

 

The Prophet (s) bids us seek knowledge even if we must go to China but the pursuit of knowledge did not begin in China.  It began bellow in the Valley of Eden.  Allah (s) taught Adam (a) the names of all things including the Tree of Knowledge which he was told not to touch.  Iblis whispered to Adam (a) and Eve (r) and told them that they would perish if they did not eat of the wheat tree and so they ate and were cast out of the garden.  We must seek knowledge and the understanding to use it well or it will destroy us on our road to the Pool of Paradise.  The Tree of Knowledge bids us salaam and asks us to send regards to Adam (a).

 

Every moment on this earth our souls are in exile and those who know are in mourning.  Adam(a) knew this when he fell to earth and left the garden.  And lo we have arrived at a blessed place but we are not yet done.

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Understanding

This is the 34th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.  Today we pass the Valley of Understanding.

 

VALLEY OF UNDERSTANDING

 

The Prophet Muhammad (s) said “Seek knowledge even if you must travel to China.”  Today we see the Valley of Understanding below us and we seek that knowledge.

 

After the believers made the Exodus out of Egypt Sayyidina Musa sought greater knowledge with Khidr (a) at the place where the river and the fish were joined again.  Khidr (a) told Musa (a) that his knowledge was not for Musa (a) but they travelled together for a time.  Khidr (a) drilled holes in the boat that carried them, struck a young boy dead, and rebuilt a falling wall, but Musa (a) was not able to understand why.  Khidr (a) tried to share his knowledge with Musa (a) but he did not see until he was told that the boat was to be stolen and was saved by the minor damage; the boy was to be a tyrant and his believing parents were saved from misery; the wall concealed a treasure belonging to orphans that would have been stolen if Khidr (a) had left the wall in ruin.  Khidr (a) still walks the earth.  He bids us salaam and asks us to greet Musa (a) when we reach the Pool of Paradise.

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Love

This is the 33rd part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.  Today we pass the Valley of Love which is the second of the seven valleys on the way to Mount Qaf and the Pool of Paradise.

 

VALLEY OF LOVE

 

When they came upon the next valley they found the river Nile winding before them with papyrus along its banks.  When Sayyidina Yusef came here he had many trials.  He was a slave; he was thrown in prison; he was raised to great power and through it all he was loved by the Lady Zulaykha.  We must be like Lady Zulakha and pursue the Simourgh as she chased Yusef (a) through the Valley of Love.  The Nile bids us salaam and asks us to greet the Prophet Yusef (a) when we reach the Pool of Paradise.

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of the Quest

This is the 32nd part of our Pool of Paradise series for children in Ramadan.  This episode is for the 2nd day of the 6 days of Shawal.

 

VALLEY OF THE QUEST

 

If you want to reach the Pool of Paradise you must be brave and bold and quick as the one who conquered Goliath.  He shed his armor and relied on his Lord.  When Daoud (a) faced the giant he defeated him with three pebbles and a sling shot.  The three pebbles found their mark and struck Goliath in the head killing him.  The army of believers were victorious because of the swiftness and bravery of Daoud (a).  Allah (s) blessed Daoud (a) with a beautiful voice filled with divine love.  The wild creatures bellow are his followers and they give us salaam and bid us give their salaam to Daoud (a) in Paradise.

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Hunger

This is the 31st part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

This part is posted today for use on Eid which is today for some and tomorrow for others.

On Eid we have passed the Valley of Hunger and emerged with a will that can recognize the creator.   The valleys of hunger, quest, love, understanding, detatchment, awe, and death are passed before reaching Mount Qaf and the jouney’s end.

THE VALLEY OF HUNGER

 

The valley of hunger has many faces.  In English the morning meal is called the break-fast meaning that we have spent the night without food or drink.  In Ramadan this is reversed and we fast from morning to night rather than night to morning.  Some believe that when we sleep we leave our bodies and travel back to our Lord and during this journey we fast.  The birds that follow the Hoopoe in this tale pass through 7 valleys on their way to their Lord and their transport for the journey is their hunger for the divine.

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Pigeon

This is the 30th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

PIGEON

 

The Pigeon bobbled forward and addressed the company.  “Some say that to find the Simourgh you must come as a beggar.  Myself and my flock are the beggar birds of this earth.  We come to the Simourgh with our begging bowl empty and ready to be filled with divine love and knowledge.  Tell us dear Hoopoe how the poor and stupid can come to the Simourgh or are we too low to make such a great journey.”

 

The Hoopoe said,  “Pigeon you have the faith to follow Khidr (a).  Not all the learned or high can follow this teacher.  Few understand his lessons or can bear his tests for long.  You who have lived low on this earth and have no love of dunya have naught to loose but your souls.  Khidr (a) leads both Prophets and Saints on this earth to a truer knowledge than most can bear.  You are indeed worthy and you may give your greetings to Khidr (a) on our way for he still walks the earth on the orders of his Lord.”

 

The Pigeon chortled with glee and bobbled quickly after the Hoopoe and his great company.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Pigeon have your child add the Pigeon medallion to the pool to the left of the Goose.

 

Discussion questions:  What was the question of the Pigeon?  Have you ever felt that you were not smart enough or high enough to do something great?  Why is it difficult to follow Khidr (a)?

 

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