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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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Pool of Paradise: The Woodpecker

This is the 17th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

WOODPECKER

 

The Woodpecker lighted on the perch and tap taped for all attention.  “I am accused of hoarding my wealth in this world and not sharing but I say that I cannot risk losing all I’ve worked so hard to acquire and this journey seems too dangerous to me.”

 

The Hoopoe said, “You must remember the loyal companion of the Prophet…Abu Bakr (r) who gave all his worldly wealth and lost noting from it.  He kept not one coin for himself and his generosity has been handsomely rewarded by his Lord.”

 

“Forget not the spider that covered the cave of Hira with its web.  The web is the world, the fly is your sustenance.  Be not content to rest on a web forever but fly with us to the ends of creation.”

 

The Woodpecker tap tapped in agreement and turned to follow the company.

 

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Woodpecker have your child add the Woodpecker medallion to the pool to the left of the Flamingo.

 

Discussion questions: Why does the Woodpecker want to stay in the world?  How does the Hoopoe convince the Woodpecker that true security is with Allah (s)?

 

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Ostrich

This is the 13th part of our Pool of Paradise series for children in Ramadan.

 

OSTRICH

 

The Ostrich spoke and said that he was fearful of the way and the distance and the fiery volcanoes.  He wished to stay where he was and hide as an ostrich will do.

 

The Hoopoe called on the Ostrich to overcome his fear and that it was better to die in pursuit of higher things than cowardice.

 

“This road is not for cowards and you must become more than what you are to attain it.  Think not that because you are ill suited to the journey that you cannot achieve it.  Do not forget Daoud (a) and Goliath.  The believers needed a champion that could defeat the giant Goliath and the sent out young Daoud (a) with his slingshot.  The three pebbles found their mark and the giant was defeated.  We must find our mark and not be swayed by fear or delay.”

 

The Ostrich thumped the ground hard with his heavy foot and then turned to follow the Hoopoe.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Ostrich have your child add the Ostrich medallion to the pool to the left of the Eagle.

 

Discussion questions:  What do Ostrich birds do when they are afraid?  Why is it not helpful to hide when you are afraid of a challenge?  Why does the Hoopoe speak about the bravery of Daoud (a) to the Ostrich?

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Sparrow

This is the eleventh part of our series on the Pool of Paradise for children in Ramadan.

 

SPARROW

 

The sparrow claimed to lack the strength to make the journey.  He said that he would never pass its trials. The Hoopoe called him false and said he must be silent and follow his true leader and not his pride.  The sparrow wished to rest in the well with Yusef (a) forever.  The Sparrow could not see that Yusef’s (a) trials did not end in the well but only began and were truly the trials of his father Yaqub (a).  Yaqub (a) could not be parted from Yusef (a)but they were ripped apart just the same.

“Leave your will dear Sparrow in the bottom of the well.  Come with us to find your real master and be joined with him as Yaqub (a) joined Yusef (a) in mercy and tears in the land of Egypt.  You will not find what you seek here.”

 

“Yusef (a) was the dearest favorite of his father Yaqub (a) and so his brothers were jealous.  They threw him into the well and sold him as a slave telling Yaqub (a) he was dead.  After many years they were reunited after many trials from their Lord.  We too can be reunited with our Lord if we do not hide in a well of our own making.”

 

The sparrow wiped his beak upon the twig he sat upon and trilled in agreement before fluttering along upon the heels of their great company.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Sparrow have your child add the Sparrow medallion to the pool to the left of the Owl.

 

Discussion questions:  The Sparrow says he is too weak for the journey.  Why is that not true? Why does the Sparrow want to hide in the well of Yusuf?

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Heron

This is the 9th part of our series on the Pool of Paradise for children in Ramadan

 

HERON

 

The Heron claims that he is too weak to make the journey and he only desires to be near the water.  The Hoopoe warns the Heron of the perils of the sea.  The Hoopoe then told a tale of a Dervish who asked the Sea why it boiled and rolled and took the color blue.  The Sea said it wore blue for mourning the Beloved and rolled and boiled with love for the One.  The truest desire of the Sea was to have one drop of divine water from the river Kawthar, the river of paradise.

 

“Do not seek the Sea of this world dear Heron.  Seek the Pool of Paradise that is fed by the river Kawthar, which runs to the Sea of Mercy that lies beyond the Sidratul Muntaha.  As we journey to the Pool of Paradise do not forget the Isra wal Miraj.  The journey to the divine presence is farther than we can imagine, but if our path is folded the road is not long.”

 

“The night that the Prophet (s) ascended to the heavens he was shown the river Kawthar that flows from Paradise.  The angel woke him in the night.  The Buraq carried him into the night.  He passed the White Rooster calling all to prayer, the Tree of Life, the Door of Hell, the Sea of Wrath, the Scale of Souls, the Bayt al-Mamur, the Lote Tree, and the Sea of Mercy until he reached the river bank of Paradise.   The Prophet (s) will gather his Umma there at the Pool of Kawthar.  Come dear Heron, don’t delay.  Come with us to the shore of the Pool of Paradise.  This river is nothing but a shadow of our goal.”

 

The Heron lifted his long legs from the water and followed the company on their journey.

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Heron have your child add the Heron medallion to the pool to the left of the Humay.

 

Discussion questions:  When the Heron does not want to go on the journey how does the Hoopoe convince him that there is a better place to go?  Many of the birds in our tale do not want to leave the water.  Why is that?

 

 

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Pool of Paradise: The Hawk

This is the 8th part of our series the Pool of Paradise for children in Ramadan.

 

HAWK

 

The Hawk claims that he is pleased serving his king and has no need of the Simourgh.  The Hoopoe tells the Hawk that a king of the earth cannot compare to the King of Creation and that he should give no value to the material world.  The Hoopoe told the Hawk a story of an earthly king’s fickle favor.

 

“One king had a servant that he used to hold an apple for target practice on his head.  This servant knew the truth, that the king was mortal and might kill him with the arrow if it missed the apple.  I warn you dear Hawk heed the lesson of this servant and do not forget your true master.  If you come and find your true king you will be in the company of greater leaders then you will find resting here on earth.”

 

The Hawk bowed low with his wings outstretched before their leader and his head turned toward their horizon as he followed the company.

 

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Hawk have the child add the Hawk medallion to the pool to the left of the Humay.

 

Discussion questions:  How are the Humay and the Hawk similar?  How are they different?

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The Tree of Light: Part 50

This is the fiftieth 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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Ismail (a) consented to be sacrificed by Ibrahim (a) on the order of Allah (s).

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He told Ibrahim (a) to tie him and turn his face away so that it would be easier to make the sacrifice.  Ibrahim (a) tried to cut Ismail (a) 70 times but he was protected by the Angel, and the sheep sacrificed by Habil (son of Adam (a)) was used instead.

Sulayman threw his stones hard at the pillar just as Grandfather did and Yusuf’s pebbles fell short because he couldn’t throw very hard. Grandfather gave him more pebbles and he kept trying. 

Ismail (a) lived in Mecca with his mother most of his life and married one lady whom Ibrahim (a) disapproved of because she was not hospitable.  When Ibrahim (a) came to visit she would not receive him. After divorcing the first lady Ismail (a) married Sayyida (r).  She was blessed by Ibrahim (a) and her children were to become part of the line of Prophets which made her very happy.  The Prophet Muhammad (s) came from the family of Ismail (a).

When their Hajj was nearly completed the boys went with their Grandfather to find a sheep.  They found a shepherd on their walk and the boys played with the sheep and petted their heads and soft wool while Grandfather spoke with the old Bedouin shepherd. 

The shepherd showed Grandfather all the sheep that were mature for the sacrifice but Grandfather kept looking around the field. He came to a small group of bushes and parted the branches with his staff.  There was a large sheep grazing behind the bush and Grandfather told the shepherd that he wanted this one.  The shepherd looked reluctant.  He said this sheep was special.  This sheep was the father of the whole herd and had been with the shepherd a very long time.  Grandfather asked him how long, but the shepherd was very old and said he could not remember.  Sulayman took the staff from the shepherd and started pushing the sheep along and chasing the stragglers.  Yusuf petted the big sheep and told him not to worry. 

 

The shepherd and Grandfather could not come to an agreement but the shepherd invited them to dinner.  They met the shepherd’s family and son.  The shepherd told Grandfather that his son and daughter in law had no baby even though they had been married for 10 years. Grandfather smiled and asked if they wanted to have a baby.  They said yes so Grandfather said that if the shepherd helped him sacrifice the old sheep that he’d asked for he would make dua that the couple would have a baby. The shepherd immediately agreed and kissed Grandfather’s hand.