The Tree of Light: Part 46

This is the forty sixth 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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After this Ibrahim (a) met a series of ascetics.  One could make water appear where he struck his foot.  Another would fast for months at a time waiting for a guest. Another lived in a cave making dhikr who would break his fast only once every 2 months.  Then he sought another man in a cave that was a beautifully decorated mosque.  This ascetic said he would break his fast once every 3 months, and their iftarappeared on a floating tray.  Ibrahim (a) was tested by a scary tiger that would have eaten him if he were not sincere.

Then the ascetic took him to an island where he lived and confessed that he had prayed for many years that he could meet Ibrahim (a) and now that he did he passed away and was buried by Ibrahim (a).  Then the angel came to take Ibrahim (a) to the Gate of Repentance which he said would be open until the sun rose in the West.  When Ibrahim (a) was trying to guide Nimrod, he asked him if he could make the sun rise from the West and Nimrod could not, but Allah (s) can and will.

On the day, the angel Azrail (a) visited Ibrahim (a) and announced that Ibrahim (a) had been named the friend of God.  Ibrahim (a) wanted to know how living things were brought back to life. Azrail (a) demonstrated with some birds where the four winds collected the pieces of a dead bird and brought them back and the bird came alive once more.

Sometime after a very old man visited Ibrahim (a).  He was weak and unable to feed himself.  Ibrahim was near in age to this old man and so he asked his Lord to take him before he became an invalid.

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