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Who is the Cleverest, Sheep or Lion?

Who is the Cleverest, Sheep or Lion?
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Who is the Cleverest, Sheep or Lion?

A Somali Story by Sabrin Hassan


A very long time ago, there was a crafty lion and a clever sheep. One day, the clever sheep was eating some grass in a clearing with his friend when the crafty lion came creeping across the fields towards them. When the lion came out of the tall grass the sheep prepared to run because they were scared of his sharp claws and his big teeth. ‘You do not need to run away,’ said the lion in a friendly voice. ‘I am simply here to tell you about a lovely fresh water lake just beyond these fields. Why don’t you come with me and have a drink.’

The clever sheep knew better than to trust the lion, but his friend was very thirsty and so agreed to go for a drink with the lion. The clever sheep warned his friend but the friend did not listen.

And so the lion lured the sheep into the tall grass with the promise of fresh water. The lion looked all about to make sure that no other animals were around to help the sheep, and when he was sure they were alone he pounced on the unsuspecting animal, and ate him for his dinner.

Later that day, when his friend did not return to the herd, the clever sheep was sure that the crafty lion had eaten him. ‘That is ten sheep this month,’ he thought to himself. ‘I must do something to stop the crafty lion before I lose all of my friends!’

And so the clever sheep warned the rest of the herd about the crafty lion and his tricks. But the silly sheep did not listen, and as the weeks and months passed, the crafty lion lured more and more sheep into the tall grass with the promise of fresh water. And it was there that they met their grizzly end.

One day, the clever sheep decided that it was down to him to do something about the crafty lion and his wicked ways.

The sheep sets a trap for the lion

The clever sheep waited until nightfall and then crept out into the clearing next to the long grass. When he was sure that he was alone, he began to dig a very deep hole in the ground. When this was done, he built a huge fire at the bottom of the hole then covered the hole over with reeds and grass so that the smoke would be hidden from view.

The clever sheep waited patiently until dawn, and just as the sun was rising over the fields he heard a familiar voice coming from the tall grass.

‘Why don’t you come with me, little sheep. I know of a fresh water lake just beyond the fields where you can enjoy a cool drink of water.’

The clever sheep did not move from his spot. Instead, the sheep said, ‘why don’t you come out of the tall grass and I will show you where you can find lots of sheep to eat.’

The lion was indeed very crafty, but he was also very greedy and could not resist the temptation of such a huge dinner.

‘Come with me,’ said the sheep once more, ‘and I will show you where the herd lives.’

And sure enough, the lion stepped out from the tall grass into the clearing. But as soon as he stepped from the grass, he fell down into the deep hole and burned in the roaring fire set by the clever sheep.

‘That is the end of you and your wicked ways,’ thought the clever sheep to himself. ‘Now us sheep will be safe, for a while at least.’

When the clever sheep returned home he told the rest of the herd about his victory over the lion. They all cheered and congratulated their friend, and they all asked how he was able to kill the crafty lion when the beast was so big and strong yet he was so small and fragile.

‘It was simple,’ replied the clever sheep, ‘all I did was watch and learn from the mistakes of others.’

The clever sheep then went on to explain how he had watched the crafty lion lure his friends into the fields, and he also explained that this was how he had learned of the lion’s greedy nature.

The rest of the herd listened closely to the clever sheep and so they too learned never to trust the lions again, and they also learned how important is was to listen to good advice given by a friend.

Who is the Cleverest, Sheep or Lion?
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Who is the Cleverest, Sheep or Lion?

A Somali Story by Sabrin Hassan


Keebaa Xariifsan, Laxda ama Libaaxa?

Sheeko Soomaali

Waxaa qortay Sabriin Xasan

   Bari hore, ayaa waxaa jiray  libaax xeel badan iyo lax xariifad ah. Maalin, ayaa laxda xariifadda ah ayadoo la daaqaysa saaxiibadeed caws meel banaan markaas oo libaax xeelbadan uu ka soo gurguuranayo keynta asagoo ku soo wajahan. Markii uu libixii ka soo muuq baxay caws dheer idihii waxay isku diyaariyeen inay cararaan sababtoo ah waxay ka cabsadeen cidiyihiisa fiiqan iyo miciyihiisa dheerdheer.  Waxuu libaaxu cod dabacsan ku yidhi ‘Waxba ha cararina,’ ‘Waxaan uun halkan u imid inaan idiin sheego bali biyo nadiif ah oo kaymahan dhinacooda ah. Maxaad iigu imaan ladihiin ood iila cabi ladihiin.’

   Laxda xariifadda waxay taqaanay inay ka wanaagsantahay in la aamino libaaxa, laakiin saaxibadeed aad ayay u oomanayeen sidaa darteedna waxay oggolaatay inay cabitaan u raacdo libaaxa. Laxda xariifadda ah waxay u digtay saaxiibadeed laakiin saaxibadeed ma ayna yeelin.

   Sidaa darteedna libaaxu waxuu ku dagay laxda caws dheer asagoo balan qaadaya biyo nadiif ah. Libaaxu geesaha ayuu fiirfiiriyay si uu u hubiyo in ayna xayawaan kale jirin agagaarka inay caawiyaan laxda, markii uu hubiyayna inay kaligood yihiin  wuu ku soo booday ayadoon iska jirin, waxuu ku xagxagay oo ku jeexjeexay cidiyihiisa fiiqan, waxuuna ka dhigtay cashadiisa.

   Maalinkii danbe, markii saaxiibadeed ayna ku soo noqon xaynta, laxda xariifadda ah waxay yaqiinsatay in libaaxa xeesha badan uu cunay. ‘waa toban ido ah bishan,’Nafteeda ayaa ku fakartay. ‘Waa inaan sameeyaa wax si aan u joojiyo libaaxa xeel badanaha ah inta aanan waayin dhamaan saaxiibaday!’

   Sidaa darteedna laxda xariifadda ah waxay ooga digtay intii xaynta ka hadhay libaaxa xeel badanaha ah iyo xeeladihiisa. Laakiin idaha nacasiinta ah ma ayna yeelin, waxaana la dhaafay asbuucyo iyo bilo, libaaxa xeel badanaha ah waxuu ku dagay ido badan oo badan cawska dheer asagoo balan qaadaya biyo nadiif ah. Waxayna ahayd halkaas in ay la kulmaan dhamaadka noolashooda.

   Maalin, ayaa laxda xariifada ahi go’aansatay in la naaqusiyo asaga si wax loogu sameeyo libaaxa xeeelada badan iyo qaababka waxyeeladiisa.

  The sheep sets a trap for the lion Laxda xariifadda ahi waxaysugtay ilaa habeenku ka madoobaaday ka dibna waxay xamaaratay meel banaan oo ku xigta caws dheer. Markii ay hubisay in ay kaligeed tahay, waxay bilawday inay ka qoddo dhulka god aad u dheer. Markii ay tani qabsoontay, waxay sameysay dab weyn salka hoose ee godka ka dibna waxay ku dabooshay godka duur iyo caws sidaa darteed qiiqu wuu qarsoomay.

   Laxda xariifadda ah waxay si dulqaad leh u sugtay ilaa waa barkii, markii ay cadceedu soo baxdayna waxay maqashay cod caan ah oo ka soo baxaya cawska dheer.

   ‘Maxaad iigu imaan la dahay, laxdaadan yar. Waxaan aqaanaa bali biyo nadiif ah oo dhinaca keynta ah meeshaas ood ku raaxaysan biyo qabaw.’

   Laxda xariifadda ah kama ayna dhaqaaqin meesheeda. Badalkiina, laxdu waxay tidhi, ‘maxaad ooga soo bixi ladahay cawska dheer waxaanan ku tusi doonaa meel aad ka heli kartid ido badan inaad cuntid.’

   Xaqiiqadii libaaxu waxuu ahaa mid xeelad badan, laakiin sidoo kale waxuu ahaa mid hunguri badan mana daba mari karin rabitaanka ah cunno badan.

   ‘Ii imaw ,’ ayay tidhi laxdii markale, ‘waxaana ku tusi doonaa meesha ay xeyntu ku nooshahay.’

   Waxuuna runtii, Libaaxu ooga soo tilaabsaday cawska dheer banaanka. Laakiin mar alaale markii uu ka soo dhaqaaqay cawska, waxuu ku dhacay godkii dheeraa waxuuna ku gubtay dab dhamac ah ooy u dhigtay laxda xariifadda ahi.

   ‘Taasi waa dhamaadkii noolashaada iyo qaababka waxyeeladaadii,’ ayay uurka ka tidhi laxda xariifadda ahi. ‘Hadda anagoo ido ah waxaan ku joogi doonaa amaan, oogu yaraan muddo.

   Markii ay laxdii xariifadda ahayd ku soo noqotay goobteedii waxay ooga warantay xeynta inteeda kale kuusheedii ay ka guulaysatay libaaxa. Dhamaantood way farxeen waxayna u hanbalyeeyeen saaxibadood, dhamaantoodna waxay waydiiyeen sida ay u awooday inay u disho libaaxa xeelada badan maadaama u yahay dugaag aad u weyn oo xoogan ayaduna ay tahay mid yar oo nugul.

   ‘Way fududeed,’inay ka jawaabto laxda xariifadda ah, ‘dhamaan waxa aan sameeyay waxay ahayd daawasho iyo barasho khaladka lagu sameynayo kuwa kale.’

   Ka dib laxda xariifadda ahi waxay sii waday inay sharaxdo sidii ay u daawanaysay libaaxa xeelada badan ee ku dagayay saaxiibadeed keynta, sidoo kalena waxay sharaxday in ay tani keentay sida ay u baratay dabeecadda hunguri waynanka libaaxa.

   Xeynta inta hadhay waxay dhagaysteen laxda xariifadda ah ayagoo ku ururaya sidaa darteedna waxay barteen sida ay muhiim u tahay in la dhagaysto talo bixinta wanaagsan ee uu bixiyay saaxiib.

 

 

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