The Tree of Light: Part 19

The is the ninteenth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

Part 19:

“Why did the giant think he was tricked?” Sulayman asked. 

 

“The giant did not understand why he was full.”

 

“Why did Bissmillah ar-Rahman ir Rahim make him feel full?”

 

“Hmm.  When we begin an action with Bissmillah we are asking for Allah to make our action good and successful.  If we want to be full from our food we will feel satisfied if we say Bissmillah.”

 

“I want chocolate!” Yusuf squeaked. 

 

“Me too!”  said Sulayman.

 

Grandfather reached into his pocket and took out two chocolates.  The boys said Bissmillah when they ate them and were very happy. 

Jibrail (a) gave the instructions to build the ark.  There were to be 124,000 planks and upon each plank would be written the name of a prophet.  Four additional planks would carry the names of the four caliphs following the Prophet Muhammad (s) and two more for his grandsons Hassan and Hussain.  These blessed names were the protection upon the ark from the Sea of Wrath that would descend onto earth and destroy the world.

“Why are there so many prophets grandfather?” asked Sulayman. 

 

“Hmm.” Grandfather paused for a moment.  “The people that Allah (s) created have not been left on this earth without guidance.  Every people on earth have received the wisdom of Allah (s) through their prophets.”

While Nuh (a) was building the ark, the unbelievers threw dirty things all over the area.  A skin disease was set upon the people as a divine punishment and its only cure was to clean the ulcers with the dirt they had thrown in the ark.  So, the unbelievers had to come to the ark to be cured and so cleaned all the dirt away.

The front part of the ark was shaped like the breastbone of a bird and the back part of the boat was shaped like the tail of a peacock.

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The Tree of Light: Part 18

This is the eighteenth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

Part 18:

“How big was the giant?” asked Sulayman.

 

Grandfather took an old book down from his shelf and turned the pages slowly before turning the book towards the boys.

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The giant brought an arm full of trees as building wood.  Nuh (a) convinced him to say “Bissmillah ar-Rahman ir Rahim”1 before he began to eat the two loaves of bread.  Soon the giant was feeling very full and took most of the wood with him in anger, because he thought he’d been tricked.  Yet the small pieces of wood left behind were sufficient to build he ark.

1 “In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful.”

The Tree of Light: Part 17

The is the seventeenth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

Part 17:

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In this time Lamaq and Nuh (a) hid their religion from the people.  The king Zahaq was cruel to the slaves of his nation and Nuh (a) was horrified by their plight.  Nuh (a) worked as a carpenter for the king and made beautiful carvings for the palace for 10 years.

“Why did the snake king eat the people?” asked Sulayman. 

 

Yusuf took his thumb out of his mouth and hid it under the blanket. 

 

Grandfather looked at Yusuf and patted the blanket.  “King Zahaq was believing that he was God because he listened to the counsel of Iblis (Shaitan).  Those ones who listen to Iblis are pushed to do very horrible things.”  Grandfather pinched one of Yusuf’s toes gently through the blanket and Yusuf squealed and pulled the blanket over his head. 

Then Prophet Nuh (a) was called by the Angel Mikail (a), and for ten years he traveled with him and saw the condition of men around the world.

After that Nuh (a) was called to prophethood by the Angel Jibrail (a).  This was a very difficult task because the people had forgotten the difference between right and wrong and would not listen to Nuh (a).

Before the flood came to destroy the disbelievers, there had been a drought for 40 years.  During this time, no children were born.  The flood was coming and Nuh (a) knew this.  The angel Jibrail (a)brought Nuh (a) the order for the ark to be built and the time was near.  Nuh (a) employed the help of a giant named Uj to bring the wood.  The giant was always very hungry and Nuh (a) said that he would feed him well.

The Tree of Light: Part 16

This is the sixteenth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

Part 16:

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Sulayman and Yusuf were playing in the garden fountain with little toy boats carved out of wood.  Sulayman took a huge bucket of water and threw it on the boat that Yusuf was floating and suddenly there was screaming and crying and splashing.  Grandfather came out of the orchard to see what was wrong. 

There was water all over the tiles; both boys were soaked through and looked very unhappy.  He looked into the fountain and saw the boat still bouncing along in the water.  It had not sunk even with all the commotion.  Grandfather had made the boys these matching boats as gifts for Ashura. 

 

“Hmm,” said grandfather.  “Yusuf is this your boat?”

 

Yusuf nodded. 

 

“Come Yusuf.  We will get you some dry clothes and I will tell you the story of the most famous boat that was ever made.”  Yusuf took Grandfather’s hand and they shuffled off together leaving Sulayman behind by the fountain. 

 

Yusuf sat on the couch in warm fresh clothes wrapped in a blanket sucking his thumb.  Sulayman sat across the room on the other couch swinging his legs back and forth impatiently. 

 

Grandfather took out his prayer beads and put down his tea.

“The Prophet Nuh (a) was the son of Lamaq who saw terrible things in the caves near Babylon.  There was a snake king called Zahaq that would kill and eat his people.

The Tree of Light: Part 15

This is the fifteenth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

Part 15:

Idris (a) retired to a cave to worship his Lord and angels came to visit him there.  The angel of the sun came often to Idris (a), and on his last visit he brought him to visit the throne of the sun, where he passed away.  The angel awoke him on the throne and told Idris (a) that he had died.  Idris (a) asked to see Hell and so the angel took him to the Sirat ul-Mustaqueem bridge and he looked down into Hell below the bridge.

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Then the angel took Idris (a) to Paradise.  Idris (a) now dwells in Paradise and is the tailor of the people there.

Grandfather looked down at the boys.  They were both snoring.  Grandfather took off his turban and set it down, taking care not to disturb the angel that sat on the top of the cone, and lay down to rest a bit before the Asr prayer. 

 

1. Illuminated Quran: The Opening 

This sample is the first chapter of our new book The Illuminated Quran: Curriculum for Children available now on Amazon.  Please add to the discussion by sharing your lesson experiences and artwork the children make for each lesson.

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  1. The Opening

The first surah of the Quran speaks about Allah’s grace and mercy.  We are asked to follow the straight path and not the crooked path.  Children can understand the concept of being lost so in this instance it would be useful to discuss how Allah(s) wants to help us find our way.

These lessons are meant to encourage analytical thought where the instructor leads a discussion about the text but allows the students to work out the answers for themselves in the course of the discussion.

For this surah, you can discuss what “grace” and “mercy” mean.

  • Can you think of an example of graciousness, and an example of mercy?

Next you can look at what the text means by “worlds.”

  • What worlds are there?
  • Can we think of an example of how the worlds are supported by Allah(s)?

Next you can discuss the phrase “guide us to the straight path.”

  • What is a straight path?
  • How does Allah(s) show us this path?
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Siratul Mustaqueem

 

THE ILLUSTRATION

 

The image for this surah is of a path surrounded by darkness to illustrate the Siratul Mustaqueem.  The students can explore the idea of a path or darkness and light in their composition.

 

The Tree of Light: Part 14

This is the fourteenth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

Part 14:

The Prophet Idris (a) was a shepherd like the prophets before him, but then he became an inventor.  He learned to make fire, build houses, write words and read them.

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Idris (a) learned to do sums, and to read the stars and to find his direction.  He became a teacher for his people and wrote the books of Adam (a) and Seth(a).  Before this time people would memorize stories but they could not write them down.  Today we write the Quran but we still memorize it so that even if all the books in the world were lost the Quran would not be lost.

“Does that mean I don’t have to write Quran if I memorize it.”

 

“You can memorize without writing, but writing helps us to memorize as well.  Writing has many uses though.  One day you will see how important writing is for your life.”

Idris (a) knew the lore of healing plants and became the first doctor to his people.  At that time people thought that ill health came from magic but Idris (a) taught his people that Allah (s) sends illness so that we might seek our cure from the remedies sent by our Lord.  He also taught his people to dry and store food for the winter.

“What did they do if someone got sick?” asked Sulayman. 

 

“Hmm, sometimes they thought that there was a witch or a sorcerer doing magic on them or something like this.  They would look for the one who made them sick.  This is very bad because even today no mind people look for the one who made them sick instead of asking their Lord for help and looking for their remedy.  When people believe like this they hurt many innocent people and they cannot cure themselves.  We are very fortunate ones that learned the truth from Idris (a). 

At this time, human beings did not wear clothes as we wear today.  They wore smelly animal skins because they had nothing else to wear.  One day Idris (a) saw a spider weaving its web and said that Allah (s) had taught him to make cloth.  He understood that Allah (s) was teaching him all the time and he should listen to the lessons.

Grandfather looked sideways at Sulayman who was fidgeting and annoying his brother.

Idris (a) had learned to spin yarn from his grandmother Eve and he took that yarn and wove cloth on a loom that he made.  He had been blessed with a clever wife – Hadama.  She liked his invention and helped him to make the cloth.  When the cloth was ready they prayed to Allah (s) to show them what to do with it.  When that inspiration came Idris (a) asked Hadama to lie down on the cloth as a pattern that he drew in coal.  Idris (a) used stones to cut the cloth and thorns to sew it.  Idris (a) found his wife to be very beautiful in this gown and Idris became the first tailor.  Hadama made a gown for Idris and they shared their invention with the people and taught them about the uses of cloth.

“What did they do with the animal skins?”  asked Sulayman.

 

“I have shirt!” squeaked Yusuf trying to show Grandfather his clean shirt. 

 

Grandfather looked down at the boys and yawned.  “They used the animal skins to make shoes and boots and other useful things.”

We are called by our Lord to strive beyond the circumstances of our birth and to reach higher in ability and understanding, but the people of this time were of low understanding and feared the knowledge and innovation that Idris (a) brought.  The people were like the no mind people you find today saying “shirk!” and “biddah!”  Some people cannot see the difference between something that is a good invention and something that is bad for them.  At first, they were afraid of all these new inventions and wanted Idris (a) to go away.  When they thought about it though they realized that all the things that Idris (a) brought them had improved their lives and they decided to follow him.  People then did not know many things but they could think.  People now know many things but they cannot think.

“Is writing a good invention?  It hurts me hand,” said Sulayman. 

 

“Hmm,” Grandfather opened his eyes. “Writing some things is good.  Writing Quran is good.  You can write letters also.  One day you will be very happy you learned.  Now you are frustrated because today people want children to learn things before they understand how to use them.  Tomorrow I will help you write a letter to your Baba.  He will receive it before he returns from Hajj.  Would you like that?”

 

“Will Baba write me a letter?” asked Sulayman.

 

“Yes.  And you can ask him about all the things he is seeing there.”

 

Yusuf started crying. “I want letter!”  Grandfather patted his tummy.

 

“Yusuf can write a letter too.  I will help you.”

Idris (a) was warned that unbelievers were coming to destroy him and that he must defend himself.  He was inspired to make a bow and arrows.  He saw veins of metal in the stones of cooking fires and heated the stones to extract the metal to make swords and spears and then he taught the people to defend themselves.  The sons of Cain had been preparing as well with their own instruments of war but they were easily defeated by the small army of believers.

“Can I have a bow and arrow,” asked Sulayman.

 

Grandfather stared at Sulayman for a moment.  “Bow and arrow are dangerous for boys who cannot write.  The bow and arrow need much strength in the hands and if writing hurts you a bow and arrow will be too difficult.”

 

Sulayman looked down at his hands.  He scowled. 

 

“Sulayman if you are keeping that face all the time it will get stuck that way and then even when you are happy you will look like you ate a lemon.” 

 

Sulayman looked scared and ran to look in the mirror.

Idris (a) was then inspired to tame and ride camels and later horses.  Horses are far more delicate than camels and not as well adapted to a hot and dry climate, but they were very fast.  Before Prophet Idris (a) people had to walk everywhere and carry everything, but now they had helpers.

“Can I have a camel Grandfather?” asked Sulayman “Mama said no but I rode one with Baba in the desert.  It wasn’t dangerous.”

 

“Yusuf no like camel!”  Yusuf hid under his blanket.

 

“Your mother doesn’t think the camel was dangerous.  She just doesn’t have a place to put a camel.” 

 

“We can put the camel on the terrace and he can take me to school.  But not Yusuf.  He didn’t like the camel.  He was afraid because the camel was so high.”

 

“Your mother has no place for a camel on the terrace.”  Grandfather started laughing and patting the lump that was Yusuf under the blanket. 

The Tree of Light: Part 13

This is the thirteenth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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Part 13:

“For man is more than the sum of his parts.” Aristotle

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Sulayman and Yusuf were having their Quran lesson.  Sulayman sat with his lawh wood board and ink writing the ayat.

 

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Yusuf tipped over his ink and stained his clothes and the carpet.  Sulayman jumped up trying to escape the flood.  Yusuf started crying and Grandfather came to see what was wrong.  He took Yusuf to change his clothes and patted his head when he returned to the lesson. 

 

“I don’t want to write Quran anymore Grandfather.  I want to go play,” whined Sulayman. 

 

“Hmm,” said Grandfather, taking Sulayman’s lawh.  He looked down at the lawh and the ayat written there. 

 

“If you finish your lesson and memorize this ayat I will tell you the story of the one who brought writing, and clothes, and many other things to human beings.” 

 

Sulayman thought about it for a minute.  Yusuf started reciting the ayat.  Yusuf could not write yet really but he was learning to recite.  Sulayman scowled because Yusuf had already memorized the lesson.  He did not want his brother to exceed him so he sat down and began practicing. 

 

After lunch, it was time for Yusuf to have a nap and Grandfather usually took him to rest.  Sulayman followed because Grandfather said it was time to hear the story. 

 

“But I am not taking a nap Grandfather,” said Sulayman.  “I am too big for naps.”

 

“Hmm,” said Grandfather.  “I am not too big for naps.”

 

They settled down on the cushions to get cozy. 

 

“Who is the one who made the writing?  I don’t like him because I don’t like to write,” said Sulayman.

 

“Hmm,” Grandfather chuckled.  “The people of Idris (a) did not like him very much either at one time.  But then they realized that he brought so many good things to make their lives better that they finally loved him and followed him.”

 

“What things?” said Yusuf.  Grandfather rubbed his head and began his tale. 

The Tree of Light: Part 12

This is the twelfth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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These misguided people wanted to kill Adam (a) and worshipped idols instead of Allah (s).  They remembered that human kind came from paradise and blamed Adam (a) for their fall.  At this time Allah (s) made human kind to have many different languages so that these misguided people could not succeed in their evil plan to kill their father Adam (a).

“Is that why the books of Allah are in different languages?”

 

“Hmm.  The books of Allah (s) are in the same family of languages.  Over time languages change but yes in a way the books I showed you are in different languages because the language of people changes.  The heavenly language stays the same.”

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The Maqam where people honor Seth (a) in Lebanon.

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 The grave of Seth (a) is said to be in the Kingdom of Jordan and Allah (s) knows best.

Grandfather looked down at the boys and saw that they were asleep.  As he rose to go his toe hit another toy block.  He picked it up and opened the chest carved with beautiful long faded wings all along the sides.  He looked inside at the stacks of wound up velum and large carved stones and chuckled, “Come now, not that ark, bring the toys back,” he tapped the box with his stick, telling it to behave.  He closed the lid once more and whispered a special prayer, “Authu bi kalimat-illah hil-tammah min sharri ma kahlaqa”1 opening it again to see a pile of wood blocks. He placed the last block and closed the lid, saying “Keela mea makkannee feehi raabee haayrun fa aeenoonee bi kuvvatin ac’aal baynakum va baynahumm radman,”2before turning out the light as the athan (call to prayer) began and stars twinkled in the sky above the courtyard. 


 

1 “I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil that which He has created.”

2 “That in which my Lord has strengthened me is better.  Only my Lord will help me with that Force.  I will make a shield force between you and them.” (Al Kaf 95)

The Tree of Light: Part 11

This is the eleventh sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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Part: 11

“Allah (s) wrote the originals.  Some of these have been changed a bit but they still contain wisdom.”

 

Grandfather put the books back on the shelf.

 

“So, all the books are in the ark?  Are they there now?”

 

Grandfather smiled.  “Yes, yes they are.” 

 

“Where is the ark?  Can I see it?”

 

“It is not far.  And one day if Allah (s) gives permission you may see it.  Maybe you have already seen it and did not know what it was.” 

 

Sulayman frowned.  “I want to read all of Allah’s (s) books.”

 

“Why?”

 

“Well if I read all of Allah’s books then I will know everything that Allah (s) said.” 

 

Grandfather laughed. 

 

“If all the trees were pens and all the oceans were ink the words of Allah (s) could not be exhausted.  Not everything that Allah (s) said is written in a book here on earth.” 

 

“That’s a lot of books,” Sulayman looked doubtful. “Is that what the angels do?  Do they read all of Allah’s ocean books?” 

 

Grandfather smiled.  “Maybe.”

The prophets who receive the books of Allah (s) are called messengers and they have a special responsibility to teach us about these books, help us to understand the books and show us how to follow the books.

“Allah gave all the prophets a book?”

 

“No, not to all.”

 

“Why not?  I thought Allah has oceans of books.”

 

Grandfather smiled.  “I think one day Sulayman that you are going to be a very great scholar.”

 

“What is a scholar?”

 

“Hmm.  Scholars are having many many questions.  But their sadness is that they are not having many answers to their many many questions.” 

 

“You answer my questions Grandfather.”

 

Grandfather laughed.  “One day Allah (s) will call for me and who will you ask then?” 

 

Sulayman frowned.  “But I don’t know anyone as smart as you.  When I ask anything, everyone tells me I must ask you.  Who taught you Grandfather?  Who did you ask all your questions to?”

 

“I asked many questions when I was young.  I spoke to many people of knowledge and read many books but real teaching, real knowledge is with my Master.”

 

“Where is he?”

 

“He is in the grave.”

 

“How do you ask him then?”

 

“I still speak to my Master.”

 

“How?”

 

“Like this.” Grandfather took his tasbih prayer beads out of his pocket and held them up to his ear saying “Allo, allo,” like a telephone.

 

Sulayman frowned.  “You are making fun of me.”

 

Yusuf put his ear to the beads and said “Allo, allo.”  He looked up at Grandfather.  “He hanged up,” Yusuf shrugged.

Seth (a) was the first prophet to bring a book from Allah (s) and Prophet Muhammad (s) was The Last Prophet to bring a book from Allah (s).

In the beginning the people had lived underground, but that had changed and in this time, there were two groups of people.  The people who lived in the mountains and followed the prophecies of Adam (a) and Seth (a) and the people who lived in the valleys and cities near the water that followed the wicked ways of Qabil who slew his brother and did not follow the word of Allah (s).

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