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Pool of Paradise: The Ostrich

This is the 13th part of our Pool of Paradise series for children in Ramadan.

 

OSTRICH

 

The Ostrich spoke and said that he was fearful of the way and the distance and the fiery volcanoes.  He wished to stay where he was and hide as an ostrich will do.

 

The Hoopoe called on the Ostrich to overcome his fear and that it was better to die in pursuit of higher things than cowardice.

 

“This road is not for cowards and you must become more than what you are to attain it.  Think not that because you are ill suited to the journey that you cannot achieve it.  Do not forget Daoud (a) and Goliath.  The believers needed a champion that could defeat the giant Goliath and the sent out young Daoud (a) with his slingshot.  The three pebbles found their mark and the giant was defeated.  We must find our mark and not be swayed by fear or delay.”

 

The Ostrich thumped the ground hard with his heavy foot and then turned to follow the Hoopoe.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Ostrich have your child add the Ostrich medallion to the pool to the left of the Eagle.

 

Discussion questions:  What do Ostrich birds do when they are afraid?  Why is it not helpful to hide when you are afraid of a challenge?  Why does the Hoopoe speak about the bravery of Daoud (a) to the Ostrich?

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Eagle

This is the 12th part of our series on the Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

EAGLE

 

The Eagle spoke and asked the Hoopoe what was the value of obedience.  Why should they follow the Hoopoe that was crowned as their leader?

 

The Hoopoe replied that when you have a true leader you are bettered by them and you must be grateful.

 

“If you follow your desires instead of your teacher then you are like Nimrod and Pharaoh and will be the creator of your destruction.  Pharaoh drowned by his own conceit in the Red Sea and Nimrod was consumed by his own ego in the form of a mosquito.  But if you find your true king he will guide you to your Lord.  Do not let your will be your king.  Let your will follow your true leader.”

 

The eagle nodded in agreement.  “It is true that a king does not a leader make,” and turned to follow their company.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Eagle have your child add the Eagle medallion to the pool to the left of the Sparrow.

 

Discussion questions:  Do you sometimes ask why you should obey your teacher or parent?  Why is it important to follow those who know more than you do?

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Sparrow

This is the eleventh part of our series on the Pool of Paradise for children in Ramadan.

 

SPARROW

 

The sparrow claimed to lack the strength to make the journey.  He said that he would never pass its trials. The Hoopoe called him false and said he must be silent and follow his true leader and not his pride.  The sparrow wished to rest in the well with Yusef (a) forever.  The Sparrow could not see that Yusef’s (a) trials did not end in the well but only began and were truly the trials of his father Yaqub (a).  Yaqub (a) could not be parted from Yusef (a)but they were ripped apart just the same.

“Leave your will dear Sparrow in the bottom of the well.  Come with us to find your real master and be joined with him as Yaqub (a) joined Yusef (a) in mercy and tears in the land of Egypt.  You will not find what you seek here.”

 

“Yusef (a) was the dearest favorite of his father Yaqub (a) and so his brothers were jealous.  They threw him into the well and sold him as a slave telling Yaqub (a) he was dead.  After many years they were reunited after many trials from their Lord.  We too can be reunited with our Lord if we do not hide in a well of our own making.”

 

The sparrow wiped his beak upon the twig he sat upon and trilled in agreement before fluttering along upon the heels of their great company.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Sparrow have your child add the Sparrow medallion to the pool to the left of the Owl.

 

Discussion questions:  The Sparrow says he is too weak for the journey.  Why is that not true? Why does the Sparrow want to hide in the well of Yusuf?

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Owl

This is the 10th part of our series on the Pool of Paradise for children in Ramadan.

 

OWL

 

The owl that should be wise was a fool.  He claimed that the Simourgh was a worthy goal but wished to remain in the ruins of this world with its hidden treasures buried beneath their crumbled walls.

 

The Hoopoe cried, “Forget not Musa (a) who heard the word of our Lord upon the mountain while his brother Harun (a) pleaded with them all.  Look not to gold or the golden calf for your place of safety.  Who is it that delivered you from Egypt?  Who drowned Pharaoh and threw him up upon the shore?  Who is it that brought you through the Red Sea?  Who brought you whole to the shade of this mountain?  An Idol cannot do that.  The treasure of this world can bring you no safety, no security, no life.  Be wise dear owl and search with us to find the real treasure at the end of our road.  Do not light here in search of false idols.”

 

The Owl closed his eyes slowly and bowed his head to the greater wisdom of the Hoopoe and turned to join their company.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Owl have your child add the Owl medallion to the pool to the left of the Heron.

 

Discussion questions:  why does the Owl want treasures more than anything?  How does the Hoopoe convince the Owl to leave the false treasures?

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Heron

This is the 9th part of our series on the Pool of Paradise for children in Ramadan

 

HERON

 

The Heron claims that he is too weak to make the journey and he only desires to be near the water.  The Hoopoe warns the Heron of the perils of the sea.  The Hoopoe then told a tale of a Dervish who asked the Sea why it boiled and rolled and took the color blue.  The Sea said it wore blue for mourning the Beloved and rolled and boiled with love for the One.  The truest desire of the Sea was to have one drop of divine water from the river Kawthar, the river of paradise.

 

“Do not seek the Sea of this world dear Heron.  Seek the Pool of Paradise that is fed by the river Kawthar, which runs to the Sea of Mercy that lies beyond the Sidratul Muntaha.  As we journey to the Pool of Paradise do not forget the Isra wal Miraj.  The journey to the divine presence is farther than we can imagine, but if our path is folded the road is not long.”

 

“The night that the Prophet (s) ascended to the heavens he was shown the river Kawthar that flows from Paradise.  The angel woke him in the night.  The Buraq carried him into the night.  He passed the White Rooster calling all to prayer, the Tree of Life, the Door of Hell, the Sea of Wrath, the Scale of Souls, the Bayt al-Mamur, the Lote Tree, and the Sea of Mercy until he reached the river bank of Paradise.   The Prophet (s) will gather his Umma there at the Pool of Kawthar.  Come dear Heron, don’t delay.  Come with us to the shore of the Pool of Paradise.  This river is nothing but a shadow of our goal.”

 

The Heron lifted his long legs from the water and followed the company on their journey.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Heron have your child add the Heron medallion to the pool to the left of the Humay.

 

Discussion questions:  When the Heron does not want to go on the journey how does the Hoopoe convince him that there is a better place to go?  Many of the birds in our tale do not want to leave the water.  Why is that?

 

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Hawk

This is the 8th part of our series the Pool of Paradise for children in Ramadan.

 

HAWK

 

The Hawk claims that he is pleased serving his king and has no need of the Simourgh.  The Hoopoe tells the Hawk that a king of the earth cannot compare to the King of Creation and that he should give no value to the material world.  The Hoopoe told the Hawk a story of an earthly king’s fickle favor.

 

“One king had a servant that he used to hold an apple for target practice on his head.  This servant knew the truth, that the king was mortal and might kill him with the arrow if it missed the apple.  I warn you dear Hawk heed the lesson of this servant and do not forget your true master.  If you come and find your true king you will be in the company of greater leaders then you will find resting here on earth.”

 

The Hawk bowed low with his wings outstretched before their leader and his head turned toward their horizon as he followed the company.

 

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Hawk have the child add the Hawk medallion to the pool to the left of the Humay.

 

Discussion questions:  How are the Humay and the Hawk similar?  How are they different?

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Dervish Dolls: Counting the Days

Today our little dervish doll is showing us the approximate number of days we will fast on this abacus.  Although it can be more or less days due to moon sighting the month of Ramadan is approximately 30 days.  30 beads are counted out by our little shaykh to demonstrate the quantity of time we will fast.  Numbers can be very abstract to children especially when it had to do with the passing of time.  Montessori learning tools like this abacus can help children to see and touch as well as hear what a number means in multi sensory terms.


A scene like this can help a child to use their abacus and their doll to count out the days and see how much 30 is so that the concept makes more sense to them.

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Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Pool of Paradise: The Humay

This is the 7th part of our series on the Pool of Paradise project for Ramadan.

 

HUMAY

 

The Humay is the maker of kings.  Where the shadow of the Humay falls a king is found.  The Humay claims that he has no need of the Simourgh because he keeps noble company as he is.  The Hoopoe reprimanded the Humay for his pride and reminded him that he must seek his real king.

 

The Hoopoe told the Humay the tale of the Sultan and the Dervish.  “A  Dervish had a dream where the Sultan cursed the Humay because he wished to be a slave of his Lord and not a king on the earth.  The sultan knew Allah (s) to be the true king of all the creation.”

 

The Hoopoe continued, “If the truly noble curse you Humay and wish to find the Simourgh then what is your worth Humay?  You but delay the true ambition of our assembly who seek the true king.  Follow us to Mount Qaf, pass the seven valleys to the throne of your Lord.  Allah (s) is the maker of kings and their stories.  And so it was with Daoud (a), Sulayman (a)and Dhul Qarnain (a).  Where were you when they were made?”

 

The Humay dropped his wings low and sagged like a buzzard mumbling that it twas true and turned to follow the company of the Hoopoe.

 

 

 

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Humay have your child attach the medallion for the Humay to the pool to the left of the Partridge.

 

Discussion questions:  What was the challenge of the Humay bird?  How did the Hoopoe convince the Humay to participate in the journey?

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Pool of Paradise: The Partridge

This is the sixth part of out series on the Pool of Paradise for children in Ramadan.  Today we will hear the story of the Partridge and add him to the pool to the left of the Duck.

 

PARTRIDGE

 

The Partridge seeks precious stones and hopes to find a diamond.  The Partridge said, “Because of the weight of these stones I will not be able to make the journey.”  The Hoopoe reprimanded the Partridge and said, “Your heart would be stone as well if you continue to seek colored stones instead of a jewel of real value.

 

The Hoopoe warned the Partridge, “Even Sulayman (a) was weighed down by the weight of his ring and its stone.  On the day that Sulayman (a) forgot to mention his Lord upon removing the ring and its stone it was lost to him, taken by the Jinn Sakhir.  This Jinn held the ring for forty days and Sulayman (a) was brought low.  Each day he took two fish from the sea.  One he ate the other he gave to the poor.  When the Jinn was exposed as an imposter he flew away dropping the ring into the sea where it was swallowed by a fish.  When Sulayman (a) took his fish to eat that night he found his ring again.  Do not forget your Lord my Partridge, for Sulayman (a) was my master and my teacher and even he stumbled for the sake of a stone in a ring.”

 

The Partridge lowered his head, submitted and followed the Hoopoe on the journey.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Partridge have your child attach the Partridge medallion to the pool to the left of the Duck.

 

Discussion questions:  Why did Sulayman (a) lose his ring when he forgot Allah (s)?  Why does the Partridge want to stay with his jewels rather than go on the journey?

 

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Duck

This is the 5th part of our series on the Pool of Paradise for Ramadan where our birds make a long and difficult journey to find their true leader just as we make our long and difficult fast to come closer to Allah (s).

DUCK

The Duck swept up from the pond and claimed that it was clean and pure as the water dripping from its feathers.  She said, “I cannot leave the water for it is my home and I am well suited to it and not at all suited to this journey before you.  Leave me in my little pond and I will be content.”

The Hoopoe replied, “This pond is not your home dear Duck for your home is the Pool of Paradise.  If you join us in our quest you will find truer water than this and will arrive cleaner than if you remain here.  All life comes from the true water in the Pool of Paradise and not the shadow of water here in this life.  You cannot be clean and pure by denying our quest. And Remember that the Sea of Wrath sent in the time of Nuh (a) is there, but above it is the Sea of Mercy.  From which sea do you wish to take your part?”

The duck lowered her head, submitted and followed the Hoopoe on the journey.

LESSON PLAN

After reading the passage about the Duck have your child attach the Duck medallion to the pool to the left of the Peacock.

Discussion questions:  Are we supposed to stay where things are easy and comfortable all our lives or are we supposed to challenge ourselves with things that are difficult?  In which body of water in Jenna do you think the Duck would like to live?

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