Pool of Paradise: The Goose

This is the 29th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

GOOSE

 

The Goose waddled forward and asked, “What gift shall I bring my king?”

 

The Goose thought to bring its golden eggs but the Hoopoe said that the Simourgh desires that which does not exist there upon Mount Qaf.    The Simourgh desires your ardent love not your blind obedience.  Come to the Simourgh as Zulaykha (r) came to Yusef (a).

 

The Goose then said, “I who have traveled far upon this earth do know that the road before us is far.  How can we hope to close such a long distance?”

 

The Hoopoe said, “There are 7 valleys.  Dear Goose your greatest strength is your greatest folly.  You have travelled farther on this earth than any other it is true but this journey is not only a question of distance but question of resolve.  When the Prophet Muhammad (s)and Abu Bakr (r) travelled for Mecca to Medina it was more than just distance they travelled.  They were leaving their home.  They were pursued by those who wanted to kill them.  Before their journey and after their journey is a marker for all time.”

 

The Goose nodded for it was so and swung to follow the Hoopoe.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Goose have your child add the Goose medallion to the pool to the left of the Blue Jay.

 

Discussion questions:  What is the ego problem of the Goose?  Have you ever been afraid to go somewhere because it was too far?  Were you surprised after that the road seemed shorter than you thought?

 

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