The Stone in the Kaba
One of the reasons Mohammed was able to get people to listen to him was because, from a young age, he had proven himself to be wise and just. Here is an example of a problem he was asked to solve.
Mecca found the walls of the holy building, the Ka’ba, needed repairing. So they fixed the walls. Within one of the walls of the Ka’ba resides a special black stone. It is a meteorite. The special black stone had been removed so the wall could be fixed. But now that the walls were fixed, the leaders of four of the tribes all wanted the honor of putting the special black stone back. They argued and argued about who would get to put back the stone. Finally, they decided to ask Mohammed what they should do.
(Ask the children what they think Mohammed might have suggested. If any of their suggestions involve cooperation, or doing the job together, say that a solution involving cooperation would be ideal because it would keep the peace.)
Here is what Mohammed suggested. He said, “Place the stone on a large cloth.” The four leaders did what Mohammed suggested. The leader of each tribe held one corner of the cloth. Together they carried the special black stone back to its place in the Ka’ba wall.