This is the twenty fifth 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.
5 HOOD (a)
On a sunny day Grandfather took the boys to the botanical garden on the edge of the city. They ran up and down the arcades lined with palm trees and splashed each other with the water in the fountain while Grandfather walked after them with his prayer beads and walking stick. Sulayman took a bamboo branch and started to harass Yusuf with it until Grandfather made a play sword fight with him using his walking stick.
When they got tired the boys sat under an orange tree while grandfather slowly peeled fruit for them. He took a seed from the sweetest orange and put it in his pocket, then he told them the story of the most famous garden that was ever made on earth. It was called the Gardens of Iram.
When Prophet Nuh (a) reached the end of his life he returned with his sons to Babylon, from where he then sent Sem to Arabia and Yemen. Sem was told to settle near where the Kaaba had been before the flood. After the flood, the people believed and worshiped The One God of Nuh(a). Many hundred years later they had forgotten and begun to worship idols again. These idols appeared to speak but it was a trick. One tribe of Arabia called Ad had a priest who convinced their king that he was a god by saying he had seen this in a dream.