Pool of Paradise: The Hawk

This is the 8th part of our series the Pool of Paradise for children in Ramadan.

 

HAWK

 

The Hawk claims that he is pleased serving his king and has no need of the Simourgh.  The Hoopoe tells the Hawk that a king of the earth cannot compare to the King of Creation and that he should give no value to the material world.  The Hoopoe told the Hawk a story of an earthly king’s fickle favor.

 

“One king had a servant that he used to hold an apple for target practice on his head.  This servant knew the truth, that the king was mortal and might kill him with the arrow if it missed the apple.  I warn you dear Hawk heed the lesson of this servant and do not forget your true master.  If you come and find your true king you will be in the company of greater leaders then you will find resting here on earth.”

 

The Hawk bowed low with his wings outstretched before their leader and his head turned toward their horizon as he followed the company.

 

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Hawk have the child add the Hawk medallion to the pool to the left of the Humay.

 

Discussion questions:  How are the Humay and the Hawk similar?  How are they different?

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Please share your ideas for teaching children the rites of Ramadan.

Please see out new book for this project:  The Pool of Paradise: A 30 Day Curriculum.

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Dervish Dolls: Counting the Days

Today our little dervish doll is showing us the approximate number of days we will fast on this abacus.  Although it can be more or less days due to moon sighting the month of Ramadan is approximately 30 days.  30 beads are counted out by our little shaykh to demonstrate the quantity of time we will fast.  Numbers can be very abstract to children especially when it had to do with the passing of time.  Montessori learning tools like this abacus can help children to see and touch as well as hear what a number means in multi sensory terms.


A scene like this can help a child to use their abacus and their doll to count out the days and see how much 30 is so that the concept makes more sense to them.

Please share your ideas for using creative play to teach children about the rites of Ramadan.

We are currently searching for a new manufacturer for the Dervish Dolls.  Please leave a message for us on this post if you are interested.

Please see our other Ramadan project:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Pool of Paradise: The Humay

This is the 7th part of our series on the Pool of Paradise project for Ramadan.

 

HUMAY

 

The Humay is the maker of kings.  Where the shadow of the Humay falls a king is found.  The Humay claims that he has no need of the Simourgh because he keeps noble company as he is.  The Hoopoe reprimanded the Humay for his pride and reminded him that he must seek his real king.

 

The Hoopoe told the Humay the tale of the Sultan and the Dervish.  “A  Dervish had a dream where the Sultan cursed the Humay because he wished to be a slave of his Lord and not a king on the earth.  The sultan knew Allah (s) to be the true king of all the creation.”

 

The Hoopoe continued, “If the truly noble curse you Humay and wish to find the Simourgh then what is your worth Humay?  You but delay the true ambition of our assembly who seek the true king.  Follow us to Mount Qaf, pass the seven valleys to the throne of your Lord.  Allah (s) is the maker of kings and their stories.  And so it was with Daoud (a), Sulayman (a)and Dhul Qarnain (a).  Where were you when they were made?”

 

The Humay dropped his wings low and sagged like a buzzard mumbling that it twas true and turned to follow the company of the Hoopoe.

 

 

 

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Humay have your child attach the medallion for the Humay to the pool to the left of the Partridge.

 

Discussion questions:  What was the challenge of the Humay bird?  How did the Hoopoe convince the Humay to participate in the journey?

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Please share your ideas for teaching children the rites of Ramadan.

Please see out new book for this project:  The Pool of Paradise: A 30 Day Curriculum.

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Pool of Paradise: The Partridge

This is the sixth part of out series on the Pool of Paradise for children in Ramadan.  Today we will hear the story of the Partridge and add him to the pool to the left of the Duck.

 

PARTRIDGE

 

The Partridge seeks precious stones and hopes to find a diamond.  The Partridge said, “Because of the weight of these stones I will not be able to make the journey.”  The Hoopoe reprimanded the Partridge and said, “Your heart would be stone as well if you continue to seek colored stones instead of a jewel of real value.

 

The Hoopoe warned the Partridge, “Even Sulayman (a) was weighed down by the weight of his ring and its stone.  On the day that Sulayman (a) forgot to mention his Lord upon removing the ring and its stone it was lost to him, taken by the Jinn Sakhir.  This Jinn held the ring for forty days and Sulayman (a) was brought low.  Each day he took two fish from the sea.  One he ate the other he gave to the poor.  When the Jinn was exposed as an imposter he flew away dropping the ring into the sea where it was swallowed by a fish.  When Sulayman (a) took his fish to eat that night he found his ring again.  Do not forget your Lord my Partridge, for Sulayman (a) was my master and my teacher and even he stumbled for the sake of a stone in a ring.”

 

The Partridge lowered his head, submitted and followed the Hoopoe on the journey.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Partridge have your child attach the Partridge medallion to the pool to the left of the Duck.

 

Discussion questions:  Why did Sulayman (a) lose his ring when he forgot Allah (s)?  Why does the Partridge want to stay with his jewels rather than go on the journey?

 

 

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Please share your ideas for teaching children the rites of Ramadan.

Please see out new book for this project:  The Pool of Paradise: A 30 Day Curriculum.

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Pool of Paradise: The Duck

This is the 5th part of our series on the Pool of Paradise for Ramadan where our birds make a long and difficult journey to find their true leader just as we make our long and difficult fast to come closer to Allah (s).

DUCK

The Duck swept up from the pond and claimed that it was clean and pure as the water dripping from its feathers.  She said, “I cannot leave the water for it is my home and I am well suited to it and not at all suited to this journey before you.  Leave me in my little pond and I will be content.”

The Hoopoe replied, “This pond is not your home dear Duck for your home is the Pool of Paradise.  If you join us in our quest you will find truer water than this and will arrive cleaner than if you remain here.  All life comes from the true water in the Pool of Paradise and not the shadow of water here in this life.  You cannot be clean and pure by denying our quest. And Remember that the Sea of Wrath sent in the time of Nuh (a) is there, but above it is the Sea of Mercy.  From which sea do you wish to take your part?”

The duck lowered her head, submitted and followed the Hoopoe on the journey.

LESSON PLAN

After reading the passage about the Duck have your child attach the Duck medallion to the pool to the left of the Peacock.

Discussion questions:  Are we supposed to stay where things are easy and comfortable all our lives or are we supposed to challenge ourselves with things that are difficult?  In which body of water in Jenna do you think the Duck would like to live?

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Please share your ideas for teaching children the rites of Ramadan.

Please see out new book for this project:  The Pool of Paradise: A 30 Day Curriculum.

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Dervish Dolls: Dhikr

Today is Thursday and this is one of the traditional days to hold a Dhikr circle or rememberance.  Today our little dervish dolls are demonstrating a Dhikr with tasbih beads where they count surrahs, the names of Allah (s) and salawats on the Prophet (s).

My children like to attend Dhikr and my eldest even thinks he can lead it.  Using creative play to emulate the Dhikr circle can help children feel like they are participating on their scale.

Sirajunmunira Ian currently searching for a new manufacturer for the Dervish Dolls so if you are interested or know someone who is interested please leave a message in the comment section below.
Please share your ideas for using creative play to teach children about Islam.

Please see our other Ramadan project:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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The Moon

This year for Ramadan we revisited our project about the phases of the moon and the way that the earth obstructs the light of the sun.

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We found some toy globe balls and white balls for the moons at the dollar store.

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We took them to a dark room and adjusted our flashlight moon to demonstrate the earth’s shadow on the moon.

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Please share your ideas for teaching children about the moon in Ramadan.

Please see our other Ramadan project:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Pool of Paradise: The Peacock

The peacock is the 4th bird of our Pool of Paradise project for Ramadan.

 

PEACOCK

 

The Peacock came and laid his carpet of feathers before the company.

 

“Do not envy my beauty for I am cursed by my own action.  I am not worthy to reach to the Simourgh but I wish to return to his paradise because it is I that carried Iblis into Paradise.”

 

The Hoopoe spoke to the Peacock, “Your True Home is beyond even the paradise you know and is more blessed and more beautiful if you can reach it. Adam (a) was not exiled for a simple sin but because Our Creator does not wish us to love His Paradise, His Creation, or any other thing he has created more than Him.  We must all guard against this error and seek only the Simourgh and not the comforts of Paradise.”

 

“The Lady Rabia knew this well and she carried a vessel of water to extinguish the fires of Hell and a torch to burn Paradise to teach us that our goal is the pleasure of our Lord and not to avoid the discomfort of Hell or seek the pleasures of Paradise.”

 

The peacock lowered his head folded his tail and followed the Hoopoe on the journey.

 

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After you review the story of the Peacock your child will attach the Peacock medallion to the pool to the left of the Parrot.

 

Discussion Questions:  Why does the Peacock want to return to Paradise?  Why is it better to desire the presence of Allah (s) than Paradise?

 

 

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Please share your ideas for teaching children the rites of Ramadan.

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Dervish Dolls: Adhan 

Today our little dervish doll is demonstrating adhan for Maghrib prayer.  In Ramadan this is the most eagerly awaited adhan of the day because it means that the sun has set and our fast has ended.  We break our fast together and replenish ourselves.

Children who are fasting half days are especially interested in hearing the adhan at Maghrib so they can break the fast with their parents.  They sometimes want to practice performing the adhan as well.

The arms of our dervish dolls are able to articulate with some effort so this doll could pose for the adhan.

Sirajunmunira is currently searching for a new manufacturer for the Dervish Dolls.  If you are interested or know someone who is please leave us a message in the comment section of this post.

Please share your ideas for using creative play to teach children about the rites of Ramadan.

Please see our other Ramadan project:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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The Tree of Light: Part 50

This is the fiftieth sample of  The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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Ismail (a) consented to be sacrificed by Ibrahim (a) on the order of Allah (s).

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He told Ibrahim (a) to tie him and turn his face away so that it would be easier to make the sacrifice.  Ibrahim (a) tried to cut Ismail (a) 70 times but he was protected by the Angel, and the sheep sacrificed by Habil (son of Adam (a)) was used instead.

Sulayman threw his stones hard at the pillar just as Grandfather did and Yusuf’s pebbles fell short because he couldn’t throw very hard. Grandfather gave him more pebbles and he kept trying. 

Ismail (a) lived in Mecca with his mother most of his life and married one lady whom Ibrahim (a) disapproved of because she was not hospitable.  When Ibrahim (a) came to visit she would not receive him. After divorcing the first lady Ismail (a) married Sayyida (r).  She was blessed by Ibrahim (a) and her children were to become part of the line of Prophets which made her very happy.  The Prophet Muhammad (s) came from the family of Ismail (a).

When their Hajj was nearly completed the boys went with their Grandfather to find a sheep.  They found a shepherd on their walk and the boys played with the sheep and petted their heads and soft wool while Grandfather spoke with the old Bedouin shepherd. 

The shepherd showed Grandfather all the sheep that were mature for the sacrifice but Grandfather kept looking around the field. He came to a small group of bushes and parted the branches with his staff.  There was a large sheep grazing behind the bush and Grandfather told the shepherd that he wanted this one.  The shepherd looked reluctant.  He said this sheep was special.  This sheep was the father of the whole herd and had been with the shepherd a very long time.  Grandfather asked him how long, but the shepherd was very old and said he could not remember.  Sulayman took the staff from the shepherd and started pushing the sheep along and chasing the stragglers.  Yusuf petted the big sheep and told him not to worry. 

 

The shepherd and Grandfather could not come to an agreement but the shepherd invited them to dinner.  They met the shepherd’s family and son.  The shepherd told Grandfather that his son and daughter in law had no baby even though they had been married for 10 years. Grandfather smiled and asked if they wanted to have a baby.  They said yes so Grandfather said that if the shepherd helped him sacrifice the old sheep that he’d asked for he would make dua that the couple would have a baby. The shepherd immediately agreed and kissed Grandfather’s hand. 

 

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