Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Unity

This is the 36th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.  Today we pass the Valley of Unity.

 

VALLEY OF UNITY

 

In the valley below you can see the Sidratul Muntaha (Lote Tree) glowing with the light of angels.  The Prophet (s) ascended through the heavens on Isra wal Miraj and he came to this tree.  Beyond it he was untied with the presence of his Lord and so we find ourselves in the Valley of Unity.

 

The Prophet (s) came to this place of unity and then returned to tell the tale.  What a tale you shall tell your chicks and goslings one day!

 

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Detachment

This is the 35th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

VALLEY OF DETACHMENT

 

The Prophet (s) bids us seek knowledge even if we must go to China but the pursuit of knowledge did not begin in China.  It began bellow in the Valley of Eden.  Allah (s) taught Adam (a) the names of all things including the Tree of Knowledge which he was told not to touch.  Iblis whispered to Adam (a) and Eve (r) and told them that they would perish if they did not eat of the wheat tree and so they ate and were cast out of the garden.  We must seek knowledge and the understanding to use it well or it will destroy us on our road to the Pool of Paradise.  The Tree of Knowledge bids us salaam and asks us to send regards to Adam (a).

 

Every moment on this earth our souls are in exile and those who know are in mourning.  Adam(a) knew this when he fell to earth and left the garden.  And lo we have arrived at a blessed place but we are not yet done.

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Understanding

This is the 34th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.  Today we pass the Valley of Understanding.

 

VALLEY OF UNDERSTANDING

 

The Prophet Muhammad (s) said “Seek knowledge even if you must travel to China.”  Today we see the Valley of Understanding below us and we seek that knowledge.

 

After the believers made the Exodus out of Egypt Sayyidina Musa sought greater knowledge with Khidr (a) at the place where the river and the fish were joined again.  Khidr (a) told Musa (a) that his knowledge was not for Musa (a) but they travelled together for a time.  Khidr (a) drilled holes in the boat that carried them, struck a young boy dead, and rebuilt a falling wall, but Musa (a) was not able to understand why.  Khidr (a) tried to share his knowledge with Musa (a) but he did not see until he was told that the boat was to be stolen and was saved by the minor damage; the boy was to be a tyrant and his believing parents were saved from misery; the wall concealed a treasure belonging to orphans that would have been stolen if Khidr (a) had left the wall in ruin.  Khidr (a) still walks the earth.  He bids us salaam and asks us to greet Musa (a) when we reach the Pool of Paradise.

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Love

This is the 33rd part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.  Today we pass the Valley of Love which is the second of the seven valleys on the way to Mount Qaf and the Pool of Paradise.

 

VALLEY OF LOVE

 

When they came upon the next valley they found the river Nile winding before them with papyrus along its banks.  When Sayyidina Yusef came here he had many trials.  He was a slave; he was thrown in prison; he was raised to great power and through it all he was loved by the Lady Zulaykha.  We must be like Lady Zulakha and pursue the Simourgh as she chased Yusef (a) through the Valley of Love.  The Nile bids us salaam and asks us to greet the Prophet Yusef (a) when we reach the Pool of Paradise.

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of the Quest

This is the 32nd part of our Pool of Paradise series for children in Ramadan.  This episode is for the 2nd day of the 6 days of Shawal.

 

VALLEY OF THE QUEST

 

If you want to reach the Pool of Paradise you must be brave and bold and quick as the one who conquered Goliath.  He shed his armor and relied on his Lord.  When Daoud (a) faced the giant he defeated him with three pebbles and a sling shot.  The three pebbles found their mark and struck Goliath in the head killing him.  The army of believers were victorious because of the swiftness and bravery of Daoud (a).  Allah (s) blessed Daoud (a) with a beautiful voice filled with divine love.  The wild creatures bellow are his followers and they give us salaam and bid us give their salaam to Daoud (a) in Paradise.

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Hunger

This is the 31st part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

This part is posted today for use on Eid which is today for some and tomorrow for others.

On Eid we have passed the Valley of Hunger and emerged with a will that can recognize the creator.   The valleys of hunger, quest, love, understanding, detatchment, awe, and death are passed before reaching Mount Qaf and the jouney’s end.

THE VALLEY OF HUNGER

 

The valley of hunger has many faces.  In English the morning meal is called the break-fast meaning that we have spent the night without food or drink.  In Ramadan this is reversed and we fast from morning to night rather than night to morning.  Some believe that when we sleep we leave our bodies and travel back to our Lord and during this journey we fast.  The birds that follow the Hoopoe in this tale pass through 7 valleys on their way to their Lord and their transport for the journey is their hunger for the divine.

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Pigeon

This is the 30th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

PIGEON

 

The Pigeon bobbled forward and addressed the company.  “Some say that to find the Simourgh you must come as a beggar.  Myself and my flock are the beggar birds of this earth.  We come to the Simourgh with our begging bowl empty and ready to be filled with divine love and knowledge.  Tell us dear Hoopoe how the poor and stupid can come to the Simourgh or are we too low to make such a great journey.”

 

The Hoopoe said,  “Pigeon you have the faith to follow Khidr (a).  Not all the learned or high can follow this teacher.  Few understand his lessons or can bear his tests for long.  You who have lived low on this earth and have no love of dunya have naught to loose but your souls.  Khidr (a) leads both Prophets and Saints on this earth to a truer knowledge than most can bear.  You are indeed worthy and you may give your greetings to Khidr (a) on our way for he still walks the earth on the orders of his Lord.”

 

The Pigeon chortled with glee and bobbled quickly after the Hoopoe and his great company.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Pigeon have your child add the Pigeon medallion to the pool to the left of the Goose.

 

Discussion questions:  What was the question of the Pigeon?  Have you ever felt that you were not smart enough or high enough to do something great?  Why is it difficult to follow Khidr (a)?

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Goose

This is the 29th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

GOOSE

 

The Goose waddled forward and asked, “What gift shall I bring my king?”

 

The Goose thought to bring its golden eggs but the Hoopoe said that the Simourgh desires that which does not exist there upon Mount Qaf.    The Simourgh desires your ardent love not your blind obedience.  Come to the Simourgh as Zulaykha (r) came to Yusef (a).

 

The Goose then said, “I who have traveled far upon this earth do know that the road before us is far.  How can we hope to close such a long distance?”

 

The Hoopoe said, “There are 7 valleys.  Dear Goose your greatest strength is your greatest folly.  You have travelled farther on this earth than any other it is true but this journey is not only a question of distance but question of resolve.  When the Prophet Muhammad (s)and Abu Bakr (r) travelled for Mecca to Medina it was more than just distance they travelled.  They were leaving their home.  They were pursued by those who wanted to kill them.  Before their journey and after their journey is a marker for all time.”

 

The Goose nodded for it was so and swung to follow the Hoopoe.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Goose have your child add the Goose medallion to the pool to the left of the Blue Jay.

 

Discussion questions:  What is the ego problem of the Goose?  Have you ever been afraid to go somewhere because it was too far?  Were you surprised after that the road seemed shorter than you thought?

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Blue Jay

This is the 28th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

BLUE JAY

 

The Blue Jay floated down like a slice of sky and lighted on the perch and asked, “What should I ask the Simourgh?

 

The Hoopoe then told them that Allah (s) once asked Daoud (a) if any would search for their Lord without fear of Hell or promise of Heaven.  It is in the stories of our guides that we find the most worthy questions.  How can you know the secret if you are in need of Paradise and fear Hell?  He was told that he should seek only his Lord.

 

Rabia (q) knew that to desire the gardens or to fear the fire makes us hypocrites so we shall leave this world behind and and carry the pitcher of water to put out the fires of hell and the torch to burn heaven so that it is our Lord alone we seek.

 

The Blue Jay lifted each wing as though she held the torch and bucket and turned to follow the Hoopoe.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Blue Jay have your child add the Blue Jay medallion to the pool to the left of the Cuckoo.

 

Discussion questions:  What do you think the Blue Jay will ask the Simourgh?  Why is the presence of Allah (s) better than Paradise?  If you were a bird on this journey what would you ask?

 

 

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Cuckoo

fullsizeoutput_2b2aThis is the 27th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

CUCKOO

 

The Cuckoo bobbled slowly on the the perch and enumerated all of his many accomplishments and asked why after having already worked so hard he should join a harsh and dangerous journey.

 

The Hoopoe spoke and reprimanded that Cuckoo for his laziness.  He told the tale where Musa (a) was sent by Allah (s) to take the advice of Iblis.  Iblis cautioned Musa (a) to avoid saying “I” and to beware your dragons of pride or one day you will be like me, destroyed by my ego and a thief of my own soul.

 

The Cuckoo tilted his head in agreement and turned to follow the Hoopoe.

 

 

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Cuckoo have your child add the Cuckoo medallion to the pool to the left of the Swan.

 

Discussion questions:  What was the ego problem of the Cuckoo?  How did the Hoopoe help the Cuckoo to overcome this problem?  Have you ever refused to do something important because you thought you already did enough?  How did you overcome this problem?

 

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