This is the third episode of our Pool of Paradise project for Ramadan. Today we add the Parrot to the pool next to the Hoopoe.
The parrot stepped forward and said, “I am the Khidr (a) of all the birds and desire the water of immortality.
The Hoopoe replied, “Foolish parrot, you wear the robe of green but you are not worthy of the robe of Khidr (a). You will not achieve your true quest by seeking the water of life but by following with us on the way to the Pool of Paradise, the true source of all waters and all life.
“Come dear Parrot come and see if you can follow us beyond the junction of the Sea of Mercy and the Sea of Wrath, beyond the sinking boat of this life, the crumbled wall of our civilization, and beyond the sacrifice we all must make when we submit our Will to the Will of our creator and murder our own ego. Come with us Parrot and see if you can even reach as high as our master Musa (a) before ever claiming to be like the unknowable yet all knowing Khidr (a). This life is a snare that all birds must escape to reach our real life. Bid farewell to this false life dear Parrot and follow us to the ends of this earth.”
The parrot lowered his head to the ground, submitted and followed the Hoopoe on the journey.
After reviewing the passage the child will add the Parrot medallion to the pool to the left of the Hoopoe.
Discussion questions: what is the mistake that the Parrot makes? How does the Hoopoe help the Parrot?
Please share your ideas for teaching children the rites of Ramadan.