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The Tree of Light: Part 23

This is the twenty third 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.

Part 23:

After some time, the ark came to rest on Mount Judi on the Day of Ashura.  Ashura is also the name for the sweet pudding they made from all the leftover food on the ark.

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This is a photo of Ashura pudding that

is still made to celebrate the holiday.

After they had landed Nuh (a) found the earth to be white from all the bones of the drowned creatures.  Nuh (a) wept at the vastness of this destruction.  Allah (s) instructed Nuh (a) to take clay and make earthenware vessels and pile them up high.

Then he was told to pull out the pot on the bottom, so causing all of them to fall and break.  Nuh (a) was anguished by the destruction of all his hard work.  In this way Allah (s) showed to Nuh (a) what it is like for a creator to destroy his own creation, as when Allah (s) accepted the prayer of Nuh (a) and destroyed the unbelievers and their world.  Nuh (a) was warned not to pray against anyone ever again or his name would be erased from the book of prophets.

The Tree of Light: Part 21

This is the twenty first 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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Part 21:

“Why did Allah (s) let Iblis get on the boat?” 

 

“Hmmm.” Grandfather smiled.  “That is a very good question.  Why do you think Allah (s) let Iblis sneak into the boat?”

 

Sulayman thought for a moment; it appeared to be painful to think so hard.

 

Grandfather chuckled.  “Sulayman, when you are in a dark room with no light can you see where you are going?”

 

“No.”

 

“If you are in the dark and come out in the sun where it is very bright can you see anything before your eyes adjust?”

 

“No.”

 

“Everything that Allah (s) created has its purpose.  The light and the dark make a shadow that allows us to see the shape of things.  You must contemplate these things.  It is the work of your life to understand them.”

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The Tree of Light: Part 20

The is the twentieth 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.

Part 20:

Nuh (a) knew that the sign of the flood being near would be that water would gush up from the bread ovens.  The unbelievers did not see how that could be in a land with no rain.

When the sign appeared the boarding of the ark began.  The animals boarded the first tier of the boat.  Iblis took hold of the donkey’s tail to stop him and Nuh (a) urged the donkey to get in by calling him a “damned one.”  In this way Iblis was invited onto the ark as he is damned indeed.

The human beings boarded the second tier of the boat and the birds boarded the third tier.  There were 80 believers and the family of Nuh (a) who boarded the ark.  After the doors were closed water came from above and below.

The Tree of Light: Part 19

The is the ninteenth 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.

Part 19:

“Why did the giant think he was tricked?” Sulayman asked. 

 

“The giant did not understand why he was full.”

 

“Why did Bissmillah ar-Rahman ir Rahim make him feel full?”

 

“Hmm.  When we begin an action with Bissmillah we are asking for Allah to make our action good and successful.  If we want to be full from our food we will feel satisfied if we say Bissmillah.”

 

“I want chocolate!” Yusuf squeaked. 

 

“Me too!”  said Sulayman.

 

Grandfather reached into his pocket and took out two chocolates.  The boys said Bissmillah when they ate them and were very happy. 

Jibrail (a) gave the instructions to build the ark.  There were to be 124,000 planks and upon each plank would be written the name of a prophet.  Four additional planks would carry the names of the four caliphs following the Prophet Muhammad (s) and two more for his grandsons Hassan and Hussain.  These blessed names were the protection upon the ark from the Sea of Wrath that would descend onto earth and destroy the world.

“Why are there so many prophets grandfather?” asked Sulayman. 

 

“Hmm.” Grandfather paused for a moment.  “The people that Allah (s) created have not been left on this earth without guidance.  Every people on earth have received the wisdom of Allah (s) through their prophets.”

While Nuh (a) was building the ark, the unbelievers threw dirty things all over the area.  A skin disease was set upon the people as a divine punishment and its only cure was to clean the ulcers with the dirt they had thrown in the ark.  So, the unbelievers had to come to the ark to be cured and so cleaned all the dirt away.

The front part of the ark was shaped like the breastbone of a bird and the back part of the boat was shaped like the tail of a peacock.

Ark of Nuh Craft

This is a project from one of our contributors.

First they drew a boat outline and then glued the popsicle sticks down.  Them they glued little foam animals down on the ark from Michael’s craft store.

This craft would be ideal as a preparation for the Ashura holiday.

If you would like to read the story of Prophet Nuh (a) to your child with this craft there is a chapter concerning him in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

Please share your ideas for creative projects to learn about the lives of the Prophets.

Ashura Creative Play Scenes and Gifts

This year for Ashura I was able to find Waldorf style dolls for Nuh (a) and Musa (a).  I used animal figures and a nested wave set to depict the flood and the parting of the Red Sea that coincides with the Asura Holliday.
We gave the pieces as gifts for Ashura.



We used the nested waves to show the parting of the Red Sea.

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We used animals in pairs, a nested wave set and a Waldorf Doll for this arrangement to learn about the story of Prophet Nuh (a).



This year my sons received The Animals of Paradise book by Karimah Sperling.  I hope to read this book with the children soon and post the review.

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The boys also received a book about Prophet Nuh (a) called Noah’s Ark by Lisbeth Zwerger.  I hope to read this book with the boys soon and post the review.



Please share your ideas for Ashura gifts and using creative play to celebrate the occasion with children.

Flood of Nuh Garlands

This year we added a garland to our Ashura decorations featuring the flood waves from the story of Prophet Nuh (a).

If you would like to read more about Prophet Nuh (a) to your children there is a chapter about him in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  This story is also part of our Illuminated Quran Curriculum at this link: 71. Illuminated Quran: Nuh.

First we made medallions for each wave in graduating darkness before the waters subside for Ashura in the final piece.

We glued pieces of colored paper in layers to represent the waves.

Then we strung the pieces together to represent the profession and end of the flood for Ashura.


Please share your ideas for celebrating Ashura with children.

Ashura Garlands and Activities 

Last year our Ashura celebration included these activities:

  • Drumming Concert
  • Decorating with story garlands
  • Ashura pudding cooking class

We are really hoping to have a drumming class next year to prepare for the holiday.

These garlands illustrate the story of prophet Nuh (as).
Materials: Watercolour paper, watercolour paint, ribbon

  Our ingredients for Ashura pudding.


Al-Quddus: 4 The Purifier

This is the fourth part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.

Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.

Lesson plan:

Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.

Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:

 


Fix the medallion to the format you have chosen such as a poster or wall with double-sided tape.

Lesson for Al Quddus: The Purifier

This medallion depicts a large wave from the flood of Nuh (a).  In the story of Nuh (a) the Sea of Wrath descends to purify the earth.  If you would like to read this story to your children please see My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Aminah Adil.

The name Al Quddus means the always purifying.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

What does purifying mean?

Why did the Sea of Wrath come to earth in the time of Nuh (a)?

How can we purify ourselves?

How do we prepare for our prayers as Muslims?

 

Display:

We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.

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Please share your ideas for teaching the meaning of the 99 Names: A Visual Tasbih to children.