This sit the 21st part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.
The raven lighted, straight and sleek, folding his shiny black feathers tightly beside him.
“I am resigned to the journey yet suffrage is for a purpose but suffering is not. I fear I will not be among those that survive this journey and so what will become of us who preserver yet fail to reach the end?”
The Hoopoe said, “We all end the same and leave the world in death. Do not forget that each day we choose to follow our lord or we choose to listen to the whispers of Iblis. Ayyub (a) suffered long and terribly yet did not despair, for his love of Allah (s) depended not upon his good fortune on this earth. Iblis said that the love of Ayyub (a) would not withstand his trials but it did. Ayyub (a) was blessed with prosperity and followers and good health. When all these blessings disappeared he was struck down with a terrible affliction of the skin. He lost everything but his wife Rahma (r) and was cast out by the people. After a time of trial he was cured and he and his wife were restored to youth and health by a fountain of water. Do not forget that he succeeded in resisting Iblis, that his prosperity was restored and his faith rewarded. So it shall be with you all in life as well as death if you take the prophets as your guides and do not loose your way.”
“I have ever been the one to follow one step behind death, and so I shall follow the Hoopoe,” and the Raven turned to join their company.
After reading the passage about the Raven have your child add the Raven medallion to the pool to the left of the Egret.
Discussion questions: The Raven asked what was the fate of those who died on the quest; what do you think will happen to them? How did the Hoopoe answer the Raven?
Please share your ideas for teaching the rites of Ramadan to children.