The Tree of Light Vol 2: Part 3

This is our third sample of The Tree of Light Vol 2 concerning the lives of the Prophets.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s beautiful and comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather recounts the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who find that the lives of the Prophets have come to life.

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“Why did the water heal Ayyoub (a).”

 

“It was special water.  Magical water.”

 

“Can I have some magic water for my burn?”

 

“If you make dua and ask Allah (s) to heal you then maybe your prayer will be answered.”

 

Sulayman put up his hands and asked and then opened one eye.  “Where is the water Grandfather?”

 

“It is coming, just rest a little longer, you will see.”

 

“Why did the water make his wife young again?”

 

“Ayyoub (a) was sad that his strong faith and patience with his illness made other people doubt in the power of God.  So, Allah (s) sent a miracle in the water for Ayyoub (a) and Rahma (r) to strengthen the faith of their followers.” 

 

“I would believe if Allah (s) sent magic water for my burn.”

Allah (s) then rained locusts of silver that became barley and locusts of gold that became wheat. Wealth and prosperity returned to the lands of Ayyoub (a). Rahma (r) reminded Ayyoub (a) of his oath to punish her when he saw her hair cut and Ayyoub (a) was sad because he knew now that she was innocent.  His Lord told him to punish her very lightly with some rushes so that he would not hurt her.

“Why did she tell him to punish her.”

 

“She did not want him to forget his promise to Allah (s).”

 

“But wasn’t she joking?  Didn’t she know that Allah knew the truth.”

 

 

 

“She had strong faith and so yes she knew that Allah (s) knew the truth and was her witness.  And she knew her husband just as all ladies know their husbands.  It is wrong to accuse ladies of being bad without proof and if it is not true.  Allah (s) does not like this; the Prophet Muhammad (s) said that the best men are the ones having the best manners with ladies.” 

Some say Ayyoub (a) lived 290 years and some say he lived 93 and Allah (s) knows best.

Grandfather put his beads in his pocket and looked down. Sulayman was now asleep but his brow was knit with pain and he shifted in his sleep.  Grandfather went to the toy chest in the corner.  He said a special prayer, “Authu bi kalimati-llahi-tammati min sharri ma khalaq.”1and lifted the lid.  He took a small bottle of water with a tiny cork from the chest and placed one drop of the water in Sulayman’s mouth and poured a little on his burns and then watched as the burns faded away to nothing.  He replaced the lavender oil bandages and pulled the blanket up around Sulayman before putting the small glass bottle back into the toy chest and closing it once more. 

Grandfather looked over at Sulayman who now rested peacefully.  All the pain had gone from his brow and he rested well.  Grandfather smiled at Yusuf and watched him doing all this with a twinkle in his eyes while pretending to sleep.  He tucked Yusuf in before going to take wudu (ablution) for Isha prayer. 

 

Maqam of Ayyoub (a) in Basra

 

Another maqam attributed to Prophet Ayyoub (a) in Oman.

 

 

1“I seek refuge on the perfect words of Allah Almighty from the evil that which He has created.”

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The Tree of Light Vol 2: Part 2

This is our second sample of The Tree of Light Vol 2 concerning the lives of the Prophets.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s beautiful and comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather recounts the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who find that the lives of the Prophets have come to life.

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One day a storm came and blew away all of Ayyoub’s (a) wealth including his fields, animals and possessions.  Iblis ran to Ayyoub (a) in the mosque and asked him how he could pray to an unseen God while he lost everything.  Ayyoub (a) said that if Iblis were good he would have been blown away as well.   The angels celebrated the faith of Ayyoub (a) and this angered Iblis very much.

Iblis then assembled the family of Ayyoub (a) and brought an earthquake on their heads. When Iblis ran to tell Ayyoub (a) he said that if there had been any good in Iblis he would have died in the earthquake. Iblis then said that Ayyoub (a) only continued to worship his Lord because he had good health.  Allah (s) gave Iblis permission to harm the health of Ayyoub (a).

Iblis blew a poison from Hell onto Ayyoub (a) and he became swollen and burned, covered in sores that were infected with worms.  Then Iblis ran to tell all the people of the village that Ayyoub (a) was so afflicted because he would not worship the idol.

“Why did Allah (s) let Iblis burn Ayyoub (a)?”  Sulayman asked.

 

“Hmm.”  Grandfather turned his prayer beads in his fingers, “Ayyoub (a) had these tests by the permission of his Lord to show us something.  Are you knowing what that something is?” 

 

Sulayman frowned, thinking hard.  “That Iblis is bad?  Iblis is going to hurt us.  I don’t want Iblis to bother me.”

 

“Allah (s) is teaching us that Ayyoub (a) is an example.  He will not stop loving Allah (s) because he loses the good things of Dunya, this world, because the good things of Dunya have no value compared to the good things of Akhira, the eternal world.  What reward do we have in Akhira?”

 

“Candy!” piped Yusuf. 

 

“Yes, candy and toys and cake and …” said Sulayman.

 

“Yes, well, something like that,” said Grandfather.

 

The people of the village thought that the illness of Ayyoub (a) was contagious and so they made Ayyoub (a) leave.  His wife Rahma (r) carried him to the wilderness and nursed him during his illness. For years Rahma (r) travelled far looking for work to feed Ayyoub (a).  It was hard to find a place where Iblis had not warned the people to turn her away because her husband was a leper.

“What is a leper?”

 

“Leprosy is a sickness.  It is easy to cure now but in the time of Ayyoub (a) it was a grave illness that people were very afraid of because of the terrible things it did to the body,

 and they knew that it was contagious and that if you had it you could make other people ill as well. 

So, they would make people with this illness go away and not live near the healthy.”

 

“Did his wife have the sickness?”

 

“No.”

 

“Why not?”

 

“Allah (s) protected her and she had very strong faith.”

One day when Rahma (r) went to work her mistress said she would give her no work and no food unless she cut her hair so she did and took the bread home to her husband. In this time ladies with short hair were people who had done bad things.  Ayyoub (a) was upset to see her like this and said that he would punish her. Rahma (r) said she did nothing wrong and Allah (s) was her witness.

Ayyoub (a) slowly healed but his followers were confused by his condition and could not understand how Allah (s) would allow an enlightened person to suffer so much. They returned to the worship of idols because they were afraid to be ill like Ayyoub (a).  This made Ayyoub (a) very sad and he asked his Lord for help.

Ayyoub (a) was directed by his Lord to a certain place and his followers came to see what he was doing.  He struck the ground with his foot and water came from that place shooting up to the sky.  The water washed away the sickness of Ayyoub (a).  When Rahma (r) came she was returned to youth and beauty as well by the water and the followers of Ayyoub (a) begged his forgiveness.

The Tree of Light Vol 2: part 1

This is our first sample of The Tree of Light Vol 2 concerning the lives of the Prophets.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s beautiful and comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather recounts the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who find that the lives of the Prophets have come to life.

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13 AYYOUB (a)

 

Sulayman and Yusuf were eating their supper when Yusuf threw a small dinner roll at Sulayman from across the table.  Sulayman jumped up to throw it back and hit the table a little too hard toppling his bowl of hot soup into his lap.  He started screaming because the soup burned his skin and his mother took him quickly to clean up the hot mess. 

She changed his clothes and put aloe gel from the garden and some lavender oil before Grandfather came with Yusuf to tell their bedtime story.  Yusuf looked at Sulayman’s burns with fascination and pulled away to hide behind Grandfather when he saw Sulayman’s red and blistered skin. 

Grandfather put Yusuf on the other couch and sat next to Sulayman and rubbed his head while Sulayman whimpered about the pain. Mother came and applied more lavender oil and brought Sulayman some tea sweetened with honey to help with the pain and help him rest.  As Grandfather started the story Sulayman began to relax and felt a little lightheaded. 

 

The father of Ayyoub (a) was called Mus and he was from the family of Ishaq (a) and Yaqub (a).  The mother of Ayyoub (a) was Anoos and she was from the daughters of Lut (a).  Ayyoub (a) was handsome and wealthy and lived in the land of Qudsiya near Damascus.  His wife Rahma (r) was from the family of Yusuf (a) and his son Ephraim.

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Map of Jerusalem

 

Ayyoub (a) spent the night and part of day praying and thanking his Lord in a little mosque.  The angels praised Ayyoub (a) so much that Iblis became jealous.  Iblis said that if Ayyoub (a) lost all his wealth and good fortune he would no longer love his Lord.  Allah (s) said that this was not so and Ayyoub (a) would remain unchanged in his heart no matter what happened to his wealth and gave Iblis permission to change the situation of Ayyoub (a).

 

Pool of Paradise: The Egret

This is the 20th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

EGRET

 

The Egret twirled before the company with wings outstretched like a dervish and then folded them and bowed.

 

“When I turn I am with the sun and travel the seven tracts through the sky in great company.  Why should one that journeys the sky as I do seek to travel farther?”

 

The Hoopoe said, “Dear Egret, you must learn humility if you are to succeed.  We must learn from the Prophet Muhammad (s).  One day he was offered a bunch of grapes by a poor and sincere man and the Prophet (s) ate every one.  When later asked why he did not share this gift he said that the grapes were sour and he did not want the man to be shy that his gift was not sweet.”

 

“You go round and round in circles like an ambitious bat with no direction.  Whirl dear dervish of the birds if you must, but you will not ascend if your heart is not still and steadfast in your chest.  You cannot seek the sun if you are blind.  While you whirl your heart must be still.”

The Egret twirled round and round toward their horizon and followed the Hoopoe.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Egret have your child add the Egret medallion to the pool to the left of the Turtledove.

 

Discussion questions:  What is the ego of the Egret?  The Egret is known as the whirling dervish bird; what are we supposed to do when we whirl?

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Please share your ideas for teaching children the rites of Ramadan.

Please see out new book for this project:  The Pool of Paradise: A 30 Day Curriculum.

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