The Hoopoe’s Tale

All this from seeing the Hoopoe at my window for 2 days in a row.

What do you mean Hoopoe! Who knows ?

In folklore, the King of the hoopoes asks Solomon a reward for having shielded the king from the  rays of the sun. Solomon grants the request by bestowing golden crowns upon all hoopoes. This arouses the jealousy of the other  birds, causing them to persecute the hoopoes. They complain to Solomon, and he, in turn, changes the golden crowns into feather  crests.

Hoopoes were seen as a symbol of virtue in Persia. A hoopoe was the leader of the birds in the Persian book of poems The Conference of the Birds, a story of a group of birds who desire to know the great Simorgh, and who, under the guidance of a leader bird, start their journey toward the land of Simorgh. One by one, they drop out of the journey, each offering an excuse and unable to endure the journey. Each bird has a special significance, and a corresponding didactic fault. The guiding bird is the hoopoe, while the nightingale symbolizes the lover. The parrot is seeking the fountain of immortality, not God, and the peacock symbolizes the “fallen soul” who is in alliance with Satan.

The birds must cross seven valleys in order to find the Simorgh: Talab (Yearning), Ishq (Love), Ma’rifat (Gnosis), Istighnah (Detachment), Tawheed (Unity of God), Hayrat (Bewilderment) and, finally, Fuqur and Fana (Selflessness and Oblivion in God). These represent the stations that a Sufi or any individual must pass through to realize the true nature of God.

Similar, was the 7 year estimated journey duration in Colloquy of the Queen of Sheba to reach King Solomon which reduced to 3.

How does one strike a balance in leaving behind a reputation for those who sought after virtue and fulfilling one’s heart’s desire as a  vice?

One account missed and recorded in legendary tales of the Queen is that before she left, she stayed in the palace overnight, Solomon swore he would not do her harm, while she swore in return that she would not steal from him. As the meals had been spicy, Mekeda awoke thirsty at night, and went to drink some water. When Solomon appeared, reminding her of her oath. She answered : “Ignore your oath, just let me drink water.”  That same night Solomon had a dream about the sun rising over the Kingdom, but being mistreated and despised by the people. The sun moved to shine over the Ethopia and Rome. Solomon gave Mekeda a ring as a token of faith, and then she left.  We later come to know of her giving birth to a son named Baina-lehkem (Son of the Wise Man later called Manelik) After the boy had grown up in Ethopia he went to his father’s Kingdom to be anointed as David by Zadok the priest.

From the Grapevine we learn, the hoopoe is named after its call. Its latin name, upupa, describes the call more accurately — a loud “oop!” in sets of three. This call isn’t the only noise a hoopoe makes — “char” is a warning; “tii” means the babies want food; and a wheezing sound comes from the female during courtship rituals.

Hoopoes engage in something called courtship feeding. These birds have a peculiar courtship ritual that revolves around food. The male presents insects to the female for her to eat — a type of so-called “nuptial gift.” Obviously, the male hoopoe knows the way to a lady’s heart.

The Hoopoe’s don’t gather twigs but find a nice nook on a tree branch. Rather, they look for holes in tree trunks, cliffs, and (in urban environments) walls. Indeed, a birdhouse is the perfect nest habitat for these birds

Pic And Quote Borrowd from :

The King and The Shoemaker

The Afghan king Ahmad Shah sheds his regal robes for the tattered rags of a poor man, abandons the artifice of palace politics and wanders the city’s bazaar in search of a genuine and trustworthy companion.

On meeting an impoverished shoemaker, the king asks:

“May I ask what makes you so happy?”

“Why, sir, today I have fixed enough shoes to buy what I need for my dinner,” the shoemaker responds.

“But what would you do if you had no shoes to fix?” asks the king.

“I would trust in God and find another way to earn my food,” he replies.

As a test, Ahmad Shah passes a law that decrees mending shoes illegal. Resolute in his optimism, the young man displays initiative and resilience against his misfortune, which ultimately secures him a life of prosperity.

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