This is the twenty second 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.
Nuh (a) had one son named Kenan who could not believe his father’s prophecy and so did not follow him. The rain drops fell like millstones, the waves came like mountains, and the son of Nuh (a) was among the drowned.
When Iblis was discovered aboard the ark he told Nuh (a) that his nation would be destroyed by 5 things, 2 of which he named, greed and envy. Iblis said that he had been envious of Adam (a), and Adam (a) had been greedy to eat of the Tree of Knowledge in Eden.
There were 3 animals created on the ark. When Nuh (a) stroked the elephant, it sneezed and the pig was created. This pig consumed all the dirt on the boat so that it was kept clean. Iblis stroked the back of the pig and the rat was born. Nuh (a) stroked the back of the lion and the housecat was born to control the rats, but not before they had gnawed a hole in the hull of the ark. The snake stopped the hole with its tail and so saved the ark.
“Was it a rattlesnake?” asked Sulayman.
“I do not think so,” replied Grandfather.
“Was it a cobra?” asked Sulayman.
Yusuf swayed from side to side like a cobra and Grandfather laughed.
When the rains had stopped Nuh (a) sent the crow to search for dry land, but the crow found a dead animal, or some say the son of Nuh (a), on a mountain and did not return. So Nuh (a) sent the dove. The dove found an olive tree, but its legs touched the Sea of Wrath while taking the olive twig and the feathers fell off and the legs turned red. Nuh (a) blessed the dove when it returned and cursed the crow.