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