The Tree of Light: Part 38

This is the thirty eighth 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 38:

The mother of Ibrahim (a) was older and so did not know she was with child, till one day she went to the temple and the idols screamed and scared her away because her child would be their destroyer.  She ran to tell her husband Azar who was a maker of idols, and he told her to keep quiet or Nimrod would find out and kill her and the child.

When the time for the birth came Azar told her to go to the temple to give birth, but the idols screamed so loud that she ran into the wilderness and there met the Angel Jibrail (a).  The angel opened a cave in the mountain where she found water and all she needed for the birth.  After the baby was born she wrapped him and rested.  The cave had been dressed like a pavilion in paradise and servants cared for her and the baby.  The baby remained in the cave for his protection, and she returned to her home in the day and spent the night in the cave with the baby Ibrahim (a).

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The cave was far from the Euphrates river in Damascus but the Angel brought her quickly so it seemed not long.  This cave is still visited by pilgrims in Damascus.  Some say that the story of Ibrahim (a) and Nimrod took occurred in a place called Urfa in Turkey where there is the Cave of Urfa and a pond that holds the water that put out the fire of Nimrod.

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