In "Gather the Spirit," a Tapestry of Faith program
Say that now you will share a story called "The Dog at the Well" which comes from the Muslim religion. Begin by introducing the Muslim faith.
Islam is a religion that many people follow, in many different places in the world. People who follow Islam are called Muslims. Many Muslims live in the
. The Muslim holy book is called the Qur'an and the Qur'an has many of the same stories found in the Hebrew and Christian holy books. The stories in the Qur'an are primarily from the prophet Muhammad, who taught Muslims how to live. This is a story with a message about gratitude and generosity.
Read or tell the story. Help the group process the story with questions and ideas like these, adapting to fit the age and maturity level of participants:
Affirm the group's answers and say:
In Islamic culture, a dog is considered a very low creature. That makes the lesson in this story more meaningful. Muhammad is conveying God's calling to care for everyone, including even the lowliest of creatures. As Unitarian Universalists, we are also called to care for all of Earth's people, animals, and all living things. That means sharing.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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