This is the forty 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.
After some time, Ibrahim (a) had a dream that he must sacrifice the thing that he loved the most. He began by sacrificing his animals but this was not the thing he loved most. After he saw this dream 70 times he took his rope and his knife and returned to Mecca. Ibrahim (a) told Hajar (r) to dress Ismail (a) and prepare him to go out. Shaitan approached Hajar (r) and Ismail (a) three times, trying to tell them that they should not obey Ibrahim (a) because he meant to harm Ismail (a).
“Why did Ibrahim need a rope and a knife?” asked Sulayman.
“He took the rope and the knife to sacrifice Ismail (a).”
“But why didn’t Ismail run away.”
“Because Ismail (a) and Hajar (r) trusted their Lord and Ibrahim (a). When Allah (s) told Ibrahim (a) to leave Hajar (r) and Ismail (a) in the desert they all obeyed and Allah (s) took care of them. They did not listen to Shaitan then and they did not listen to Shaitan now.”
Sulayman and Yusuf walked on with Grandfather and they saw people picking up pebbles.
“Why are they taking the rocks?” Sulayman tugged on Grandfather’s hand.
Yusuf stopped and started picking up stones.
When Shaitan approached Ismail (a) with the news his father would kill him Ismail (a) threw stones at Shaitan to drive him away. This is why we collect and throw pebbles on the Hajj.