This is the 18th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.
The goldfinch fluttered to the perch and cried, “I am afraid to make this journey because I fear the flame of desire. I have come close to the sun before and so took my flame yellow feathers. I wish to go with you to join the one whom my soul loves but I have been burnt before. We will follow you dear Hoopoe on the tracks of the flock.”
The Hoopoe spoke, “Ayyoub (a) withstood many trials and his love for Allah (s) did not diminish. He was wealthy and prosperous with many things to be thankful for and Shaitan whispered that Ayyoub (a) only loved Allah (s) because of his good fortune. Allah (s) sent much hardship and pain to Ayyoub (a) to see if this was true and his love did not diminish. Our Lord knows that there are three kids of believers: one that comes near the flame of love and is warmed by the love of God. Another touches the flame and is burnt by the love of God. And the last throws themselves into the flame in fannah (annihilation). If we are to succeed in our quest we must desire the presence of our Lord as Ayyoub (a) and not fear the flames.”
The Goldfinch trilled loudly and rose up into the light of the moon until she disappeared for a moment in the bright light before sinking slowly to her branch and turning to follow their company.
After reading the passage about the Goldfinch have your child add the Goldfinch medallion to the pool to the left of the Woodpecker.
Discussion questions: Why does the Goldfinch want to make the journey even though he fears the fire? How does the Hoopoe explain the flame of Allah’s (s) love?
Please share your ideas for teacing the rites of Ramadan to children.