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Pool of Paradise: The Goldfinch

This is the 18th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

GOLDFINCH

 

The goldfinch fluttered to the perch and cried, “I am afraid to make this journey because I fear the flame of desire.  I have come close to the sun before and so took my flame yellow feathers.  I wish to go with you to join the one whom my soul loves but I have been burnt before.  We will follow you dear Hoopoe on the tracks of the flock.”

 

The Hoopoe spoke, “Ayyoub (a) withstood many trials and his love for Allah (s) did not diminish.  He was wealthy and prosperous with many things to be thankful for and Shaitan whispered that Ayyoub (a) only loved Allah (s) because of his good fortune.  Allah (s) sent much hardship and pain to Ayyoub (a) to see if this was true and his love did not diminish.  Our Lord knows that there are three kids of believers: one that comes near the flame of love and is warmed by the love of God.  Another touches the flame and is burnt by the love of God.  And the last throws themselves into the flame in fannah (annihilation).  If we are to succeed in our quest we must desire the presence of our Lord as Ayyoub (a) and not fear the flames.”

 

The Goldfinch trilled loudly and rose up into the light of the moon until she disappeared for a moment in the bright light before sinking slowly to her branch and turning to follow their company.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Goldfinch have your child add the Goldfinch medallion to the pool to the left of the Woodpecker.

 

Discussion questions:  Why does the Goldfinch want to make the journey even though he fears the fire?  How does the Hoopoe explain the flame of Allah’s (s) love?

 

 

 

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Please share your ideas for teacing the rites of Ramadan to children.

Please see out new book for this project:  The Pool of Paradise: A 30 Day Curriculum.

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Dervish Dolls: Taraweh Prayer

Tonight our little dervish dolls are demonstrating Taraweh prayer.  Congregational prayer is even more encouraged in Ramadan than in the other months of the year and this is an excellent opportunity for children to participate and emulate through play.

We are currently looking for a new manufacturer for the Dervish Dolls. If you are interested or know someone who would be interested please leave us a message in the comment section of this post.

Please share your ideas for using creative play to teach children about Islam and the rites of Ramadan.

Please see out Ramadan project for children:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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The Tree of Light: Part 46

This is the forty sixth sample of  The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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After this Ibrahim (a) met a series of ascetics.  One could make water appear where he struck his foot.  Another would fast for months at a time waiting for a guest. Another lived in a cave making dhikr who would break his fast only once every 2 months.  Then he sought another man in a cave that was a beautifully decorated mosque.  This ascetic said he would break his fast once every 3 months, and their iftarappeared on a floating tray.  Ibrahim (a) was tested by a scary tiger that would have eaten him if he were not sincere.

Then the ascetic took him to an island where he lived and confessed that he had prayed for many years that he could meet Ibrahim (a) and now that he did he passed away and was buried by Ibrahim (a).  Then the angel came to take Ibrahim (a) to the Gate of Repentance which he said would be open until the sun rose in the West.  When Ibrahim (a) was trying to guide Nimrod, he asked him if he could make the sun rise from the West and Nimrod could not, but Allah (s) can and will.

On the day, the angel Azrail (a) visited Ibrahim (a) and announced that Ibrahim (a) had been named the friend of God.  Ibrahim (a) wanted to know how living things were brought back to life. Azrail (a) demonstrated with some birds where the four winds collected the pieces of a dead bird and brought them back and the bird came alive once more.

Sometime after a very old man visited Ibrahim (a).  He was weak and unable to feed himself.  Ibrahim was near in age to this old man and so he asked his Lord to take him before he became an invalid.

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Shaban Moon-splitting Craft

Shaban Mubarak! I am so pleased to share another craft from Kelly G. and to thank her for contributing. She decided to create a craft around the event where the Prophet (s) split the moon in two as a miracle to prove to the Quraysh that he was indeed a Prophet (s) of Allah (s).

She began with a drawing of the night sky and then gave the children a moon to split with scissors and glue to attach the split moon to the composition. She asked the children to include a short ayat concerning this event from the Holy Quran.

This craft is an excellent example of what we do here at Sirajunmunira, using creativity and love to help children learn about the Prophet (s) and the message he brought for all humanity.

Our humble thanks once again to Kelly G. a we welcome her and you to contribute your projects so that we can learn from you.

The Tree of Light: Part 30

This is the thirtieth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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Part 30:

One of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (s) named Abdullah saw the Gardens of Iram and we will all see these gardens on the Day of Resurrection.

Grandfather stood up, waved his stick at the cloud saying a quiet prayer, “Falammaa ra awhu ‘aaridam mustaqbila awdiyatihim qaaloo haazaa ‘aaridum mumtirunaa; bal huwa masta’jaltum bihee reehun feehaa ‘azaabun aleem,”1and led the boys up the path and out of the garden as rain began to fall on the far side of the garden avenue.

“Come, this cloud will wait a little but not long.” 

 

“Did you talk to the cloud Grandfather?”

 

“You can talk to clouds if you speak their language.”

 

Yusuf stopped took the stick from Grandfather and turned around, waved it at the cloud and shouted for it to go away.  The cloud floated closer and Yusuf screamed and ran ahead of them on the path home. 

When the boys had gone inside for lunch Grandfather went to the back orchard with his orange seed.  He said a prayer quietly “Taraz zaalimeena mushfiqeena mimmaa kasaboo wa huwa waaqi’um bihim; wallazeena aamanoo wa ‘amilus saalihaati fee rawdaatil jannaati lahum maa yashaaa’oona ‘inda Rabbihim; zaalika huwal fadlul kabeer,”2 and lifted his stick.  A beautiful garden slowly became visible behind the olive trees with fountains and flowers and trees of all sorts.

 If you looked closer you would see that the fruits glittered like jewels and the tiles in the fountains were made of lapis and malachite.  He took the seed from his pocket and made a hole with his stick in the soft earth of one bare spot in the avenue of fruit trees.  He planted the seed, watered it from the fountain and gathered some lemons from the tree next to him.  As he turned to go back to the orchard the orange seed sprouted up out of the earth and began climbing towards the sun.  He brought the lemons to the house for their lunch and told the boys there would be ripe oranges for their lunch tomorrow. 

 

The interior of the maqam of Hood (a).

The maqam of Prophet Hood (a) in the

Hadramawt of Yemen and Allah (s) knows best.

1 “Then, when they saw the (Penalty in the shape of) a cloud traversing the sky, coming to meet their valleys, they said, “This cloud will give us rain!” “Nay, it is the (Calamity) ye were asking to be hastened! – A wind wherein is a Grievous Penalty!” (Surah al Ahqaf [46] ayat 24)

2 “Thou wilt see the Wrong-doers in fear on account of what they have earned, and (the burden of) that must (necessarily) fall on them. But those who believe and work righteous deeds will be in the luxuriant meads of the Gardens: they shall have, before their Lord, all that they wish for. That will indeed be the magnificent Bounty (of Allah.)” (Surah ash-Shurah [42] ayat 22)

The Tree of Light: Part 22

This is the twenty second sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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Part 22:

Nuh (a) had one son named Kenan who could not believe his father’s prophecy and so did not follow him.  The rain drops fell like millstones, the waves came like mountains, and the son of Nuh (a) was among the drowned.

When Iblis was discovered aboard the ark he told Nuh (a) that his nation would be destroyed by 5 things, 2 of which he named, greed and envy.  Iblis said that he had been envious of Adam (a), and Adam (a) had been greedy to eat of the Tree of Knowledge in Eden.

There were 3 animals created on the ark.  When Nuh (a) stroked the elephant, it sneezed and the pig was created.  This pig consumed all the dirt on the boat so that it was kept clean.  Iblis stroked the back of the pig and the rat was born.  Nuh (a) stroked the back of the lion and the housecat was born to control the rats, but not before they had gnawed a hole in the hull of the ark.  The snake stopped the hole with its tail and so saved the ark.

“Was it a rattlesnake?” asked Sulayman.

 

“I do not think so,” replied Grandfather.

 

“Was it a cobra?”  asked Sulayman.

 

Yusuf swayed from side to side like a cobra and Grandfather laughed.

When the rains had stopped Nuh (a) sent the crow to search for dry land, but the crow found a dead animal, or some say the son of Nuh (a), on a mountain and did not return.  So Nuh (a) sent the dove.  The dove found an olive tree, but its legs touched the Sea of Wrath while taking the olive twig and the feathers fell off and the legs turned red.  Nuh (a) blessed the dove when it returned and cursed the crow.

The Tree of Light: Part 13

This is the thirteenth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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Part 13:

“For man is more than the sum of his parts.” Aristotle

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Sulayman and Yusuf were having their Quran lesson.  Sulayman sat with his lawh wood board and ink writing the ayat.

 

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Yusuf tipped over his ink and stained his clothes and the carpet.  Sulayman jumped up trying to escape the flood.  Yusuf started crying and Grandfather came to see what was wrong.  He took Yusuf to change his clothes and patted his head when he returned to the lesson. 

 

“I don’t want to write Quran anymore Grandfather.  I want to go play,” whined Sulayman. 

 

“Hmm,” said Grandfather, taking Sulayman’s lawh.  He looked down at the lawh and the ayat written there. 

 

“If you finish your lesson and memorize this ayat I will tell you the story of the one who brought writing, and clothes, and many other things to human beings.” 

 

Sulayman thought about it for a minute.  Yusuf started reciting the ayat.  Yusuf could not write yet really but he was learning to recite.  Sulayman scowled because Yusuf had already memorized the lesson.  He did not want his brother to exceed him so he sat down and began practicing. 

 

After lunch, it was time for Yusuf to have a nap and Grandfather usually took him to rest.  Sulayman followed because Grandfather said it was time to hear the story. 

 

“But I am not taking a nap Grandfather,” said Sulayman.  “I am too big for naps.”

 

“Hmm,” said Grandfather.  “I am not too big for naps.”

 

They settled down on the cushions to get cozy. 

 

“Who is the one who made the writing?  I don’t like him because I don’t like to write,” said Sulayman.

 

“Hmm,” Grandfather chuckled.  “The people of Idris (a) did not like him very much either at one time.  But then they realized that he brought so many good things to make their lives better that they finally loved him and followed him.”

 

“What things?” said Yusuf.  Grandfather rubbed his head and began his tale. 

The Tree of Light: Part 10

This is the tenth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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“Allah gave all the prophets a book?”

 

“No, not to all.”

 

“Why not?  I thought Allah has oceans of books.”

 

Grandfather smiled.  “I think one day Sulayman that you are going to be a very great scholar.”

 

“What is a scholar?”

 

“Hmm.  Scholars are having many many questions.  But their sadness is that they are not having many answers to their many many questions.” 

 

“You answer my questions Grandfather.”

 

Grandfather laughed.  “One day Allah (s) will call for me and who will you ask then?” 

 

Sulayman frowned.  “But I don’t know anyone as smart as you.  When I ask anything, everyone tells me I must ask you.  Who taught you Grandfather?  Who did you ask all your questions to?”

 

“I asked many questions when I was young.  I spoke to many people of knowledge and read many books but real teaching, real knowledge is with my Master.”

 

“Where is he?”

 

“He is in the grave.”

 

“How do you ask him then?”

 

“I still speak to my Master.”

 

“How?”

 

“Like this.” Grandfather took his tasbih prayer beads out of his pocket and held them up to his ear saying “Allo, allo,” like a telephone.

 

Sulayman frowned.  “You are making fun of me.”

 

Yusuf put his ear to the beads and said “Allo, allo.”  He looked up at Grandfather.  “He hanged up,” Yusuf shrugged.

Seth (a) was the first prophet to bring a book from Allah (s) and Prophet Muhammad (s) was The Last Prophet to bring a book from Allah (s).

The Tree of Light: Part 9

This is the ninth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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“Allah (s) wrote the originals.  Some of these have been changed a bit but they still contain wisdom.”

 

Grandfather put the books back on the shelf.

 

“So, all the books are in the ark?  Are they there now?”

 

Grandfather smiled.  “Yes, yes they are.” 

 

“Where is the ark?  Can I see it?”

 

“It is not far.  And one day if Allah (s) gives permission you may see it.  Maybe you have already seen it and did not know what it was.” 

 

Sulayman frowned.  “I want to read all of Allah’s (s) books.”

 

“Why?”

 

“Well if I read all of Allah’s books then I will know everything that Allah (s) said.” 

 

Grandfather laughed. 

 

“If all the trees were pens and all the oceans were ink the words of Allah (s) could not be exhausted.  Not everything that Allah (s) said is written in a book here on earth.” 

 

“That’s a lot of books,” Sulayman looked doubtful. “Is that what the angels do?  Do they read all of Allah’s ocean books?” 

 

Grandfather smiled.  “Maybe.”

The prophets who receive the books of Allah (s) are called messengers and they have a special responsibility to teach us about these books, help us to understand the books and show us how to follow the books.

The Tree of Light: Part 8

This is the eighth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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“This is the Tawrat, this is the Bible and this is the Quran.  Some of the Psalms of Dawud (a) are in the bible.”

 

Sulayman picked them up one by one and looked through each hand painted page with colors and gold leaf.

 

“Mama says I can’t touch your books or your bookshelf.”

 

“They are old books,” Grandfather nodded. 

 

“Did Allah (s) really write them?”