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.