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.
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.
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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