Silsila: 3. Salman al-Farsi (r)

Today we reviewed the third figure on our Silsila.  Salman (r) was a companion of the Prophet (s) and Abu Bakr (r) passed the secret of the Prophet (s) to him upon his death.  

Looking at this story with a child was interesting because Salman (r) represented diversity on so many levels.  He was not an Arab; he came from Persia.  He was born free but was a slave at the time he accepted Islam.  He was born a Zorastrian but followed a Christian monk and then the Prophet (s).  

He knew the signs of a true prophet and this was how he recognized the Prophet Muhammad (s).  

All of these points I think are very important for children to see how early on diversity was important to Islam and that no one ethnic or social group had a monopoly on knowledge or faith.  A story like this challenges children to look beyond the cultural lense of Islam and see just how all encompassing it was in its early history.  

Salman (s) was a date palm farmer among many other things so we chose the date palm as his medallion. 

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the Awliya.

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