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.
“For man is more than the sum of his parts.” Aristotle
3 IDRIS (a)
Sulayman and Yusuf were having their Quran lesson. Sulayman sat with his lawh wood board and ink writing the ayat.
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.