This is the thirtieth 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.
One of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (s) named Abdullah saw the Gardens of Iram and we will all see these gardens on the Day of Resurrection.
Grandfather stood up, waved his stick at the cloud saying a quiet prayer, “Falammaa ra awhu ‘aaridam mustaqbila awdiyatihim qaaloo haazaa ‘aaridum mumtirunaa; bal huwa masta’jaltum bihee reehun feehaa ‘azaabun aleem,”1and led the boys up the path and out of the garden as rain began to fall on the far side of the garden avenue.
“Come, this cloud will wait a little but not long.”
“Did you talk to the cloud Grandfather?”
“You can talk to clouds if you speak their language.”
Yusuf stopped took the stick from Grandfather and turned around, waved it at the cloud and shouted for it to go away. The cloud floated closer and Yusuf screamed and ran ahead of them on the path home.
When the boys had gone inside for lunch Grandfather went to the back orchard with his orange seed. He said a prayer quietly “Taraz zaalimeena mushfiqeena mimmaa kasaboo wa huwa waaqi’um bihim; wallazeena aamanoo wa ‘amilus saalihaati fee rawdaatil jannaati lahum maa yashaaa’oona ‘inda Rabbihim; zaalika huwal fadlul kabeer,”2 and lifted his stick. A beautiful garden slowly became visible behind the olive trees with fountains and flowers and trees of all sorts.
If you looked closer you would see that the fruits glittered like jewels and the tiles in the fountains were made of lapis and malachite. He took the seed from his pocket and made a hole with his stick in the soft earth of one bare spot in the avenue of fruit trees. He planted the seed, watered it from the fountain and gathered some lemons from the tree next to him. As he turned to go back to the orchard the orange seed sprouted up out of the earth and began climbing towards the sun. He brought the lemons to the house for their lunch and told the boys there would be ripe oranges for their lunch tomorrow.
The interior of the maqam of Hood (a).
The maqam of Prophet Hood (a) in the
Hadramawt of Yemen and Allah (s) knows best.
1 “Then, when they saw the (Penalty in the shape of) a cloud traversing the sky, coming to meet their valleys, they said, “This cloud will give us rain!” “Nay, it is the (Calamity) ye were asking to be hastened! – A wind wherein is a Grievous Penalty!” (Surah al Ahqaf  ayat 24)
2 “Thou wilt see the Wrong-doers in fear on account of what they have earned, and (the burden of) that must (necessarily) fall on them. But those who believe and work righteous deeds will be in the luxuriant meads of the Gardens: they shall have, before their Lord, all that they wish for. That will indeed be the magnificent Bounty (of Allah.)” (Surah ash-Shurah  ayat 22)