The Fish With a Dream to See the Forest: A Story for Young Readers

Photo: ©

Photo: ©

Once upon a time, a little fish lived in a pond. But she wanted to go to the forest. The pond was deep, and high banks hid the surrounding forest from her view. Wanting to see the forest, the fish would leap out of water now and then, reaching higher over the pond with the strength of her tail. It seemed to her, that with a little more effort, she could fly, but unfortunately each time she would fall right back into the pond.

The fish’s mother — a big fish with kind eyes would say, “What would you want the forest for? We fish must live in water, that is the way it is.”

The fish would answer, “I want to go to the forest; that is my dream. And this dream must come true.”

One day she prayed to God. “Oh God! I am one of your weak servants living in the water all the time. Now I am tired with my small world. Oh God! I want to see those big trees covered with beautiful flowers, leaves and fruits. I want to meet birds and animals.”

The fish’s prayers were answered by God. The rain started falling on the earth, and a few days later, the forest around the pond was covered with water, turning the small pond into a lake. The fish swam to the forest. It was beautiful. The trees stood in the water.

‘Hello’, the fish said to the flowers and the trees. She swam on and saw animals sitting on fallen trees which were sticking out of the water as if they were individual arcs. But as soon as she swam closer to the tree, she saw all the animals were very sad. “We are without food. The water has flooded the whole forest,” the animals told the fish with great sadness. All this made the fish very unhappy.

“Oh God! I am happy with this rain but my friends – trees and animals are quite unhappy. Oh God! Stop the rain. I will go back to my pond. I will be more pleased when trees, animals and birds will be happy,” prayed the fish. The water began to dry up, the animals rejoiced and ran off,  and the fish returned to the pond.

Date posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013.


The above story is adapted from Green Leaves which appeared  in the March 1986 issue of Al-Misbah, a publication of the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board for the United Kingdom. The magazine like all Ismaili religious magazines ceased publication in the early 1990’s.


Share this article with others via the share option below. Please visit the Simerg Home page for links to the most recent posts. For links to articles posted on this Web site since its launch in March 2009, please click What’s New. Sign-up for blog subscription at top right of this page.

We welcome feedback/letters from our readers. Please email it to or use the LEAVE A REPLY box which appears at the bottom of this page. Your feedback may be edited for length and brevity, and is subject to moderation. We are unable to acknowledge unpublished letters.

8 thoughts on “The Fish With a Dream to See the Forest: A Story for Young Readers

  1. A very inspiring story, specially if read to kids. It teaches them to think of others before self.

  2. Subhanalallah—see the earlier verses of Sura AR-RAHMAN where God talks about the creation of Man, the heavens and the creatures.

  3. Moral of the story 🙂
    1. Allah knows everything and hence fulfills our good wishes (Nek Ummeed)
    2. Our prayers and wishes should be in a way which are not only beneficial to us but also beneficial to others.
    3. If any of our wishes are not being answered for long, we should accept, that the thing which are asking from Allah is either not good for us or for people around us.
    4. Allah is great

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s