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The Tree of Light: Part 30

This is the thirtieth 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 30:

One of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (s) named Abdullah saw the Gardens of Iram and we will all see these gardens on the Day of Resurrection.

Grandfather stood up, waved his stick at the cloud saying a quiet prayer, “Falammaa ra awhu ‘aaridam mustaqbila awdiyatihim qaaloo haazaa ‘aaridum mumtirunaa; bal huwa masta’jaltum bihee reehun feehaa ‘azaabun aleem,”1and led the boys up the path and out of the garden as rain began to fall on the far side of the garden avenue.

“Come, this cloud will wait a little but not long.” 

 

“Did you talk to the cloud Grandfather?”

 

“You can talk to clouds if you speak their language.”

 

Yusuf stopped took the stick from Grandfather and turned around, waved it at the cloud and shouted for it to go away.  The cloud floated closer and Yusuf screamed and ran ahead of them on the path home. 

When the boys had gone inside for lunch Grandfather went to the back orchard with his orange seed.  He said a prayer quietly “Taraz zaalimeena mushfiqeena mimmaa kasaboo wa huwa waaqi’um bihim; wallazeena aamanoo wa ‘amilus saalihaati fee rawdaatil jannaati lahum maa yashaaa’oona ‘inda Rabbihim; zaalika huwal fadlul kabeer,”2 and lifted his stick.  A beautiful garden slowly became visible behind the olive trees with fountains and flowers and trees of all sorts.

 If you looked closer you would see that the fruits glittered like jewels and the tiles in the fountains were made of lapis and malachite.  He took the seed from his pocket and made a hole with his stick in the soft earth of one bare spot in the avenue of fruit trees.  He planted the seed, watered it from the fountain and gathered some lemons from the tree next to him.  As he turned to go back to the orchard the orange seed sprouted up out of the earth and began climbing towards the sun.  He brought the lemons to the house for their lunch and told the boys there would be ripe oranges for their lunch tomorrow. 

 

The interior of the maqam of Hood (a).

The maqam of Prophet Hood (a) in the

Hadramawt of Yemen and Allah (s) knows best.

1 “Then, when they saw the (Penalty in the shape of) a cloud traversing the sky, coming to meet their valleys, they said, “This cloud will give us rain!” “Nay, it is the (Calamity) ye were asking to be hastened! – A wind wherein is a Grievous Penalty!” (Surah al Ahqaf [46] ayat 24)

2 “Thou wilt see the Wrong-doers in fear on account of what they have earned, and (the burden of) that must (necessarily) fall on them. But those who believe and work righteous deeds will be in the luxuriant meads of the Gardens: they shall have, before their Lord, all that they wish for. That will indeed be the magnificent Bounty (of Allah.)” (Surah ash-Shurah [42] ayat 22)

The Tree of Light: Part 29

This is the twenty 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.

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Part 29:

The unbelievers thought that the black cloud was full of rain.

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The black cloud that came to destroy the people of Ad.

This cloud approached the Wadi Ahqaf and the Angel Jibrail (a) came to warn Hood (a).  Hood (a) tried to warn the king but he would not listen.  Hood (a) gathered the believers and brought them to a cave to hide from the black cloud.

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The cave where Hood (a)

and his followers sought refuge in Jordan.

The scorching wind and avenging angels descended and killed the unbelievers of Ad within a week.

“Was it that cloud?” Sulayman pointed at some threatening clouds approaching the garden.  Just then a breeze picked up.  Yusuf squeaked and hid under the park bench.  Grandfather bent down and looked at Yusuf upside down.  “Boo!” He tickled Yusuf and brought him up on his lap. 

Even when King Shaddad witnessed this destruction he did not accept the one God.

After the storm ended Hood (a) took his followers to Mecca.  Hood (a) is buried near the maqam of Ibrahim but the location of his maqam is not known for certain.

The Tree of Light: Part 28

This is the twenty eighth 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 28:

When king Shaddad heard about this he ordered his people to make a beautiful garden on earth called the Gardens of Iram to prove that he was a god and could make the most beautiful garden.  This garden was constructed in the Wadi Ahqaf over a period of 20 years.

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While a tribe of idol worshippers from Mecca came to see this garden, King Shaddad boasted that as a god-king he could order the rain to come.  Because of his arrogance the land became dry.  King Shaddad sent some people from his tribe to Mecca to pray for rain and it happened that one of the party was a follower of Hood (a).  This believer and the others who brought idols prayed for rain.  Three clouds came and the follower of Hood (a) heard the clouds speak.

The first cloud was white and full of snakes and scorpions.

The second cloud was red and full of fire.

The third cloud was black and full of scorching wind.

The Tree of Light: Part 27

The is the twenty seventh 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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Hood (a) became overseer of the slaves and cared for them and taught them about Allah (s).

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Hood (a) with the people of Ad.

The people of Ad ordered Hood (a) to beat one of the slaves, but it gave that slave no pain and no marks appeared on his back, and with this miracle he invited the people of Ad to become believers and he told them about the gardens of paradise.

“Are the gardens of paradise like this garden?” asked Sulayman.

 

Grandfather smiled.  “They are similar.  There are rivers, fountains, trees and flowers, but the gardens of paradise are endless.  This garden only goes about 5 minutes’ walk that way.”

 

“Too far, too far!” Yusuf chirped.  Yusuf was tired from the walk and refused to go any farther. 

The Tree of Light: Part 26

This is the twenty sixth 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 26:

The king and the priest conspired to trick the people so that they believed that their king was also their god.  They then brought the mob to the cave where other priests from their people had hidden and they killed them and ate them.  There-after the priest convinced the king to have a temple built with many steps and a throne painted with scary pictures.  Then he made idols to be worshipped along with the god-king.

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“Grandfather.  Why do unbelievers eat people?”

 

“Hmm.  Some believers even eat people too!  It is a sin called backbiting and we have to guard against it.”

The people of Ad then went into the desert and conquered a people who lived in a beautiful green valley.  The old king Ad died and his son Tanuh became king.  Tanuh’s son Shaddad became king after him and Shaddad’s brother Abdullah had a son named Hood (a).

The people of the tribe busied themselves with making idols and other things out of gold they found in nearby caves.  Hood (a) went to another cave to be away from the people, where he received his prophethood from the angel.

“Why did one man find gold and one man found the angel?” Sulayman asked.

 

“Hmm.  Allah (s) knows what we are seeking.  In your life, you need to decide what you are looking for.  The treasures of this world, or the treasures of the next world.”

The Tree of Light: Part 25

This is the twenty fifth 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 25:

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5 HOOD (a)

On a sunny day Grandfather took the boys to the botanical garden on the edge of the city.  They ran up and down the arcades lined with palm trees and splashed each other with the water in the fountain while Grandfather walked after them with his prayer beads and walking stick. Sulayman took a bamboo branch and started to harass Yusuf with it until Grandfather made a play sword fight with him using his walking stick. 

When they got tired the boys sat under an orange tree while grandfather slowly peeled fruit for them.  He took a seed from the sweetest orange and put it in his pocket, then he told them the story of the most famous garden that was ever made on earth.  It was called the Gardens of Iram. 

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When Prophet Nuh (a) reached the end of his life he returned with his sons to Babylon, from where he then sent Sem to Arabia and Yemen.  Sem was told to settle near where the Kaaba had been before the flood.  After the flood, the people believed and worshiped The One God of Nuh(a).  Many hundred years later they had forgotten and begun to worship idols again.  These idols appeared to speak but it was a trick.  One tribe of Arabia called Ad had a priest who convinced their king that he was a god by saying he had seen this in a dream.