The Tree of Light: Part 35

This is the thirty 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.


Part 35:

Some among the Bedouin thought that there was a treasure in the caverns at Petra, but the wise knew that treasure was not gold. The old man took Grandfather around to a secret path to the old mosque on the mountain above the valley.  As they entered the mosque carved out of the cliff face they found a vast cavern and cave system behind the prayer space. There were cisterns and aqueducts lifting and pouring water in ingenious ways, enough water to fill the whole valley below.  The old man went to a place in the prayer niche and moved a rock there.  He took out some bundled papers and handed them to Grandfather, who unwrapped them carefully on the carved stone table.  It looked like Arabic but it was older.  The papers had complicated drawings of all the water works and instructions on how to build and maintain a water rich city in the middle of a desert, ancient but advanced technology that could even collect water from wind and air.  They made wudu in the spring for Isha and stayed to pray Tahajud and Fajr.  When the sun began to light the edge of the sky they returned to the tents where they found the fire smoldering and a large stone boulder behind the fire with the boys still sleeping next to it.  The old Bedouin man laughed and patted the boulder before they both lay down to sleep. 


Salih (a) led his people to Mecca and is possibly

buried there and Allah (s) knows best.


The maqam where people honour

the Prophet Salih (a).



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