This is the thirty ninth 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 day his mother found the cave surrounded by wild lions, wolves and leopards. She feared they had eaten the baby but she found him protected by the angels. The baby was sucking on his fingers and from each finger there flowed nourishment. There was butter, honey, rose water, syrup and milk. Each day the baby grew as much as one month and matured quickly. Eventually Ibrahim (a) asked if he and his mother were alone in the world and so she brought his father Azar.
Yusuf took his thumb out of his mouth and looked at it carefully. He frowned.
“Honey!” He showed his thumb to Grandfather. “Tell it to give honey for Yusuf.”
Ibrahim (a) remained in the cave for 10 years for his protection from Nimrod who was still killing mothers and babies. One day he asked his mother to show him the world outside the cave. When they were outside the cave Ibrahim (a) said “There is no power and no might except with Allah (s), the Sublime, the Almighty.”
When the star rose Ibrahim (a) asked his mother what it was and she said it was God. The moon came up and he thought this was God because it was greater. When the sun came he thought this one was God but in the end they all diminished with time and Ibrahim (a) understood that these things were not God. His mother was concerned that Ibrahim (a) did not believe as they had and she worried that he was the one child Nimrod sought.
When Ibrahim’s (a) parents came to take him back to the city of Nineveh on the banks of the Euphrates river he told them he had been instructed by the Angel that there was only one God and that their religion of many gods and idols was incorrect. His parents were frightened and confused but told him he must obey them and return to Nineveh. Ibrahim (a) was a good son and so he obeyed his parents.
Azar desired that Ibrahim should carve idols and sell them in the market like they did but instead Ibrahim abused the idols and told them if they were truly gods they could protect themselves. The people thought he was crazy and would not buy from him. One man asked why he did not respect the idols. Ibrahim said he did because the idols cooked food and baked bread. The man said no the idols do not do these things because they are only wood and cannot work. Then Ibrahim told the man that if these idols were only wood then he should worship the one true God and say there is no God but God. The man did and he felt happy and light and so in this way Ibrahim (a) began to instruct the people of Nineveh.
His father was upset when he found out and beat Ibrahim (a), but his mother said it was not his fault that he did not know their religion because he had been raised in a cave. She told Azar to send their son to the sorcerers in the temple of idols to learn their religion. Azar apologized to the people for Ibrahim’s (a) behavior and then told Ibrahim he was sorry for not teaching him well and took him to the temple. Ibrahim (a) made dhikr there and prayed in the direction of the Kaaba, but no one knew.