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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Please share your ideas for teaching children the rites of Ramadan.

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