This is the forty first 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.
The horses and donkeys would not carry the wood but the mules did, and so they were cursed and cannot have babies to this day for helping Nimrod. For a year they collected wood, and once the fire was lit Shaitan inspired them to use a catapult to throw Ibrahim (a) into the fire. The angels tried to save and protect Ibrahim (a) from the fire but he declined.
“Why did Ibrahim want to go into the fire?” asked Sulayman.
“He did not want to go but he was submitting and putting himself in Allah’s (s) hand,” answered Grandfather.
“Why did Allah (s) want Ibrahim (a) to go into the fire?”
“Hmm. Allah’s (s) Prophets have very hard tests and their example teaches us how to have trust in Allah (s). Without this example, we cannot understand how to be servants to our Lord. By allowing Ibrahim (a) to go into the fire Allah (s) is trying to show us something.”
When Ibrahim was launched into the fire the logs became green trees again, a spring of water came and Ibrahim sat in a beautiful garden in the middle of the fire. The bee brought water to put out the fire and this is why the bee now gives honey which is healing for mankind. The nightingale threw itself into the fire for the love of Ibrahim (a) and the Lord showed the nightingale that Ibrahim (a) sat unharmed in the fire and put the nightingale on a rosebush. The nightingale then asked to know the names of Allah (s) and these names became the beautiful song of the nightingale. Many other animals brought water to put out the fire except the lizard who fanned the flames and this is why the lizard is cursed.
Just then they heard a nightingale trilling in the courtyard.
“Bird!” Yusuf said.
Sulayman hid under his blanket. He mumbled that the nightingale should be cursed for pecking him in the head.
The daughter of Nimrod saw that Ibrahim (a) was safe in the fire and told her father. Nimrod was flown by eagles to see this himself. When he found Ibrahim (a) unharmed he asked how he was saved from the fire and Ibrahim (a) said that the one true God had saved him and Nimrod asked if he could be accepted by the one true God as well. Ibrahim (a) told him yes but some say that Nimrod had killed his daughter for accepting the one true God and his people then feared him even more. Ibrahim (a) was released because they could not kill him.