This is the forty 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.
8 ISMAIL (a)
Grandfather handed Yusuf a little cup of water while Sulayman filled his little flask. They sat for awhile resting after their long journey to Mecca. Yusuf looked into his empty cup and said “Zam Zam bye bye.”
Sulayman’s flask was overflowing and he splashed water all over his ihram. “Uh oh!” He said. The man who greeted them at the well closed Sulayman’s flask and mopped him up, laughing.
“Never mind,” said Grandfather. “You will be dry in a few minutes.”
“When Hajar (r) and Ismail (a) came to this place with Ibrahim (a) there were no trees. There was no water. There was no food. No houses. No people. Nothing.” Grandfather waved his tasbih beads to show them that the whole area around them had been barren.
“What were they doing here?” asked Sulayman.
“Here is hot,” said Yusuf.
“Ibrahim (a) brought Hajar (r) here with their baby on the order of his Lord. Their story is a very important one. The things that they were starting here are the things that we will do again to remember how their Lord has honored them and us.”
Ismail (a) was the son of Prophet Ibrahim (a) and Hajar (r). By his Lord’s order Ibrahim left Hajar (r) in the desert with the baby Ismail (a). Soon after Ibrahim (a) departed their water and food ran out and baby Ismail (a) started to wail. Hajar (r) began to look for water for her baby.
She ran as fast as she could between Safa and Marwa searching for water 7 times and Ismail (a) began to turn blue in the face from screaming. His little foot hit the sand and water began to come forth from that place. Hajar (r) scooped out the sand around this place to contain the water and the well of Zam Zam was formed. The Awliah say that if she had not formed a pool but had let it run it would have become a river.
Grandfather was walking between Safa and Marwa while holding Yusuf’s hand. The other pilgrims were running and Sulayman was far ahead of them. Sulayman reached the end and came running back down and nearly knocked over the Hajis in his path. Yusuf clung to Grandfather as Sulayman sped past them. Sulayman had listened maybe a little too closely to Grandfather’s story of Hajar’s run between Safa and Marwa.
Hajar (r) and Ismail (a) stayed in that place and when caravans came by she gave them water. They found the water to be healing and soon people began to settle there.