The Tree of Light: Part 32

This is the thirty second 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.

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Part 32:

The people of Thamood did not want to live in mud brick houses any longer because rains and earthquakes were damaging their houses.  They made their slaves dig homes for them out of the mountainside.

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“Did they use hammers?” asked Sulayman. “Can I use a hammer and make a building in the rock?  I promise I won’t hurt myself.”  Sulayman waved the stick he lit on fire a little too close to his brother and Grandfather looked doubtful. 

The auntie of Prophet Salih (a) tried to corrupt him with wine and Salih (a) fled into the wilderness where he found the Angel Jibrail (a).  The Angel announced the prophethood of Salih (a) and called him to guide his people.  The slaves and the low born followed Salih (a) and he asked them to be patient with the unbelievers.  When the believers among the Thamood followed the teaching of Salih (a) they began to see greater fruit from their work.

Salih (a) built a mosque out of the mountain and called the believers there to pray. After that they were to declare their belief publicly and hide it from the unbelievers no longer.  Salih (a) addressed the unbelievers himself when a man named Salif tried to stop him.  Salif demanded a miracle from Salih (a) even though this would bring destruction on the unbelievers who would not listen to reason or understand the responsibility that comes with a miracle from Allah (s).

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