This is the eleventh part of our series on the Pool of Paradise for children in Ramadan.
The sparrow claimed to lack the strength to make the journey. He said that he would never pass its trials. The Hoopoe called him false and said he must be silent and follow his true leader and not his pride. The sparrow wished to rest in the well with Yusef (a) forever. The Sparrow could not see that Yusef’s (a) trials did not end in the well but only began and were truly the trials of his father Yaqub (a). Yaqub (a) could not be parted from Yusef (a)but they were ripped apart just the same.
“Leave your will dear Sparrow in the bottom of the well. Come with us to find your real master and be joined with him as Yaqub (a) joined Yusef (a) in mercy and tears in the land of Egypt. You will not find what you seek here.”
“Yusef (a) was the dearest favorite of his father Yaqub (a) and so his brothers were jealous. They threw him into the well and sold him as a slave telling Yaqub (a) he was dead. After many years they were reunited after many trials from their Lord. We too can be reunited with our Lord if we do not hide in a well of our own making.”
The sparrow wiped his beak upon the twig he sat upon and trilled in agreement before fluttering along upon the heels of their great company.
After reading the passage about the Sparrow have your child add the Sparrow medallion to the pool to the left of the Owl.
Discussion questions: The Sparrow says he is too weak for the journey. Why is that not true? Why does the Sparrow want to hide in the well of Yusuf?
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