This is the 15th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.
The Seagull spoke and claimed that he was a thief by nature and how can a thief make this journey?
The Hoopoe warned the Seagull not to allow his will to steal his own destiny. The true thief is the will; it robs you of all that you have toiled to acquire.
“The Mullah, Nasruddin, was sleeping in his home one night when his wife woke him to say there was a thief in the house. Nusruddin did not seem concerned and said that it was not any great matter for they had nothing in the home worth stealing. His wife did not agree with this and finally Nasruddin said that if the thief were to find something of value in the house this would be a good thing because then he (Nasruddin) could steal it from the thief.”
“When you live as a dervish it is true that there will be little you own worth stealing for the true treasures that you hold are not the things that can be taken from your house.”
The Seagull cawed to all that they should come and turned to follow the Hoopoe.
After reading the passage about the Seagull have your child add the Seagull medallion to the pool to the left of the Lovebird.
Discussion questions: This is the second bird who claims that a flawed individual must somehow be disqualified from making the journey but how does the Hoopoe use their flaws to encourage them? If someone did bad things does that mean they cannot use their talents to do good?
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Please see out new book for this project: The Pool of Paradise: A 30 Day Curriculum.