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.
“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.