This is the twenty sixth 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.
The king and the priest conspired to trick the people so that they believed that their king was also their god. They then brought the mob to the cave where other priests from their people had hidden and they killed them and ate them. There-after the priest convinced the king to have a temple built with many steps and a throne painted with scary pictures. Then he made idols to be worshipped along with the god-king.
“Grandfather. Why do unbelievers eat people?”
“Hmm. Some believers even eat people too! It is a sin called backbiting and we have to guard against it.”
The people of Ad then went into the desert and conquered a people who lived in a beautiful green valley. The old king Ad died and his son Tanuh became king. Tanuh’s son Shaddad became king after him and Shaddad’s brother Abdullah had a son named Hood (a).
The people of the tribe busied themselves with making idols and other things out of gold they found in nearby caves. Hood (a) went to another cave to be away from the people, where he received his prophethood from the angel.
“Why did one man find gold and one man found the angel?” Sulayman asked.
“Hmm. Allah (s) knows what we are seeking. In your life, you need to decide what you are looking for. The treasures of this world, or the treasures of the next world.”