This is the 16th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.
The Flamingo swished forward and tucked his leg under his breast. I am too beautiful to be ruined by a long and dangerous journey.
“You are truly the Bird of Vanity,” scolded the Hoopoe, and he went on.
“Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
All streams run to the sea,
but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
there they flow again.
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.”
“So if you should think yourself special and unique dear Flamingo than think again.”
The Flamingo was shamed and then said that he was afraid of sorrow and pain and sacrifice.
So the Hoopoe said,
“For in much wisdom is much vexation,
and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.” (Ecclesiastes)
“It is so that the wise will know the hour of their death and be somber thereafter. But you should be more somber still for you know not the hour of yours or the reward that you will lose in your next life through your ignorance.”
The Flamingo lowered his head and unwound his foot to follow upon the tail feathers of the Hoopoe to the Pool of Paradise.
After reading the passage about the Flamingo have your child add the Flamingo medallion to the pool to the left of the Seagull.
Discussion questions: What is the ego of the Flamingo? Are we also afraid of pain and sacrifice? How does Shaitan try to trick us out of connection with to the Divine?
Please share your ideas for teaching children the rites of Ramadan.