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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. 

 

The Tree of Light: Part 49

This is the forty 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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After some time, Ibrahim (a) had a dream that he must sacrifice the thing that he loved the most.  He began by sacrificing his animals but this was not the thing he loved most.  After he saw this dream 70 times he took his rope and his knife and returned to Mecca.  Ibrahim (a) told Hajar (r) to dress Ismail (a) and prepare him to go out. Shaitan approached Hajar (r) and Ismail (a) three times, trying to tell them that they should not obey Ibrahim (a) because he meant to harm Ismail (a).

 

“Why did Ibrahim need a rope and a knife?” asked Sulayman. 

 

“He took the rope and the knife to sacrifice Ismail (a).”

 

“But why didn’t Ismail run away.”

 

“Because Ismail (a) and Hajar (r) trusted their Lord and Ibrahim (a).  When Allah (s) told Ibrahim (a) to leave Hajar (r) and Ismail (a) in the desert they all obeyed and Allah (s) took care of them.  They did not listen to Shaitan then and they did not listen to Shaitan now.”

 

Sulayman and Yusuf walked on with Grandfather and they saw people picking up pebbles. 

 

“Why are they taking the rocks?”  Sulayman tugged on Grandfather’s hand.  

 

Yusuf stopped and started picking up stones. 

 

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The Jamarat

 

When Shaitan approached Ismail (a) with the news his father would kill him Ismail (a) threw stones at Shaitan to drive him away.  This is why we collect and throw pebbles on the Hajj.

 

 

The Tree of Light: Part 48

This is the forty 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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8 ISMAIL (a)

Grandfather handed Yusuf a little cup of water while Sulayman filled his little flask.  They sat for awhile resting after their long journey to Mecca.  Yusuf looked into his empty cup and said “Zam Zam bye bye.” 

 

Sulayman’s flask was overflowing and he splashed water all over his ihram.  “Uh oh!” He said.  The man who greeted them at the well closed Sulayman’s flask and mopped him up, laughing. 

 

“Never mind,” said Grandfather.  “You will be dry in a few minutes.” 

 

“When Hajar (r) and Ismail (a) came to this place with Ibrahim (a) there were no trees.  There was no water.  There was no food.  No houses. No people.  Nothing.” Grandfather waved his tasbih beads to show them that the whole area around them had been barren. 

 

“What were they doing here?” asked Sulayman.

 

“Here is hot,” said Yusuf.

 

“Ibrahim (a) brought Hajar (r) here with their baby on the order of his Lord.  Their story is a very important one.  The things that they were starting here are the things that we will do again to remember how their Lord has honored them and us.”

Ismail (a) was the son of Prophet Ibrahim (a) and Hajar (r).  By his Lord’s order Ibrahim left Hajar (r) in the desert with the baby Ismail (a).  Soon after Ibrahim (a) departed their water and food ran out and baby Ismail (a) started to wail.  Hajar (r) began to look for water for her baby.

She ran as fast as she could between Safa and Marwa searching for water 7 times and Ismail (a) began to turn blue in the face from screaming.  His little foot hit the sand and water began to come forth from that place.  Hajar (r) scooped out the sand around this place to contain the water and the well of Zam Zam was formed.  The Awliah say that if she had not formed a pool but had let it run it would have become a river.

Grandfather was walking between Safa and Marwa while holding Yusuf’s hand.  The other pilgrims were running and Sulayman was far ahead of them.  Sulayman reached the end and came running back down and nearly knocked over the Hajis in his path.  Yusuf clung to Grandfather as Sulayman sped past them.  Sulayman had listened maybe a little too closely to Grandfather’s story of Hajar’s run between Safa and Marwa. 

Hajar (r) and Ismail (a) stayed in that place and when caravans came by she gave them water. They found the water to be healing and soon people began to settle there.

Eid ul Adha

These are our Eid decorations for 2015.


We made the Kabba gift boxes with paper and tempra paint.  This was a very messy process so next year I will used pre made black cube boxes and ribbon.

 

The sheep ornaments are made from foam board and pre made plastic eyes.  Next year I am planning to have felted wool sheep as ornaments if I can get them made.

I would also like to make sheep cookies and plan some activities for the rites of Haj like:  a Safa and Mawa relay race, a tawaf race, a whirling dervish contest (who can whirl the longest), etc.  Please contribute if you have ideas for activities and decorations.