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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)

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The Tree of Light: Part 22

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.

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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.

The Tree of Light: Part 13

This is the thirteenth 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 13:

“For man is more than the sum of his parts.” Aristotle

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3 IDRIS (a)

Sulayman and Yusuf were having their Quran lesson.  Sulayman sat with his lawh wood board and ink writing the ayat.

 

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Yusuf tipped over his ink and stained his clothes and the carpet.  Sulayman jumped up trying to escape the flood.  Yusuf started crying and Grandfather came to see what was wrong.  He took Yusuf to change his clothes and patted his head when he returned to the lesson. 

 

“I don’t want to write Quran anymore Grandfather.  I want to go play,” whined Sulayman. 

 

“Hmm,” said Grandfather, taking Sulayman’s lawh.  He looked down at the lawh and the ayat written there. 

 

“If you finish your lesson and memorize this ayat I will tell you the story of the one who brought writing, and clothes, and many other things to human beings.” 

 

Sulayman thought about it for a minute.  Yusuf started reciting the ayat.  Yusuf could not write yet really but he was learning to recite.  Sulayman scowled because Yusuf had already memorized the lesson.  He did not want his brother to exceed him so he sat down and began practicing. 

 

After lunch, it was time for Yusuf to have a nap and Grandfather usually took him to rest.  Sulayman followed because Grandfather said it was time to hear the story. 

 

“But I am not taking a nap Grandfather,” said Sulayman.  “I am too big for naps.”

 

“Hmm,” said Grandfather.  “I am not too big for naps.”

 

They settled down on the cushions to get cozy. 

 

“Who is the one who made the writing?  I don’t like him because I don’t like to write,” said Sulayman.

 

“Hmm,” Grandfather chuckled.  “The people of Idris (a) did not like him very much either at one time.  But then they realized that he brought so many good things to make their lives better that they finally loved him and followed him.”

 

“What things?” said Yusuf.  Grandfather rubbed his head and began his tale. 

The Tree of Light: Part 10

This is the tenth 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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“Allah gave all the prophets a book?”

 

“No, not to all.”

 

“Why not?  I thought Allah has oceans of books.”

 

Grandfather smiled.  “I think one day Sulayman that you are going to be a very great scholar.”

 

“What is a scholar?”

 

“Hmm.  Scholars are having many many questions.  But their sadness is that they are not having many answers to their many many questions.” 

 

“You answer my questions Grandfather.”

 

Grandfather laughed.  “One day Allah (s) will call for me and who will you ask then?” 

 

Sulayman frowned.  “But I don’t know anyone as smart as you.  When I ask anything, everyone tells me I must ask you.  Who taught you Grandfather?  Who did you ask all your questions to?”

 

“I asked many questions when I was young.  I spoke to many people of knowledge and read many books but real teaching, real knowledge is with my Master.”

 

“Where is he?”

 

“He is in the grave.”

 

“How do you ask him then?”

 

“I still speak to my Master.”

 

“How?”

 

“Like this.” Grandfather took his tasbih prayer beads out of his pocket and held them up to his ear saying “Allo, allo,” like a telephone.

 

Sulayman frowned.  “You are making fun of me.”

 

Yusuf put his ear to the beads and said “Allo, allo.”  He looked up at Grandfather.  “He hanged up,” Yusuf shrugged.

Seth (a) was the first prophet to bring a book from Allah (s) and Prophet Muhammad (s) was The Last Prophet to bring a book from Allah (s).

The Tree of Light: Part 9

This is the 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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“Allah (s) wrote the originals.  Some of these have been changed a bit but they still contain wisdom.”

 

Grandfather put the books back on the shelf.

 

“So, all the books are in the ark?  Are they there now?”

 

Grandfather smiled.  “Yes, yes they are.” 

 

“Where is the ark?  Can I see it?”

 

“It is not far.  And one day if Allah (s) gives permission you may see it.  Maybe you have already seen it and did not know what it was.” 

 

Sulayman frowned.  “I want to read all of Allah’s (s) books.”

 

“Why?”

 

“Well if I read all of Allah’s books then I will know everything that Allah (s) said.” 

 

Grandfather laughed. 

 

“If all the trees were pens and all the oceans were ink the words of Allah (s) could not be exhausted.  Not everything that Allah (s) said is written in a book here on earth.” 

 

“That’s a lot of books,” Sulayman looked doubtful. “Is that what the angels do?  Do they read all of Allah’s ocean books?” 

 

Grandfather smiled.  “Maybe.”

The prophets who receive the books of Allah (s) are called messengers and they have a special responsibility to teach us about these books, help us to understand the books and show us how to follow the books.

The Tree of Light: Part 8

This is the 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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“This is the Tawrat, this is the Bible and this is the Quran.  Some of the Psalms of Dawud (a) are in the bible.”

 

Sulayman picked them up one by one and looked through each hand painted page with colors and gold leaf.

 

“Mama says I can’t touch your books or your bookshelf.”

 

“They are old books,” Grandfather nodded. 

 

“Did Allah (s) really write them?”

 

 

 

 

The Tree of Light: Part 7

The is the 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.

Part 7:

2 SETH (a)

When Adam (a) and Hawa (r) had lost their son Habil they were heartbroken, but Allah (s) sent them another son in his place to strengthen them.  His name was Seth (a) and he was a prophet that received 50 pages of Allah’s (s) words of guidance to human kind.

“Where is his book?” Sulayman asked.

 

“Allah (s) knows, it may be near or far,” Grandfather answered. 

 

“What was his book about?” Sulayman asked.

 

“That is not known, but Allah (s) taught Seth’s (a) father Adam (a) the names of all things.  Maybe this book was about the names of things, or maybe it is like the Psalms of Dawud (a), stories like the Injil or like the Quran.” 

 

“Where are all the books now?”

 

“Allah (s) has given them to the Saints for safe keeping.”

 

“Can I read them, I am learning to read.”

 

“Some books of Allah (s) are written in very old languages, languages that are not spoken anymore.”

 

“So, I can’t read them?”

 

“If Allah (s) wants you to know what is in these books maybe you could.”

 

Sulayman frowned.  “But I want to see them.  I want to try to read them.” 

 

“That is a good intention.  You should ask Allah (s) for this, make a dua prayer every day.  Maybe it will open for you.”

This prophecy was kept in a beautiful chest called the ark that we will learn more about when we hear the story of Prophet Musa (a).

“Why will we learn more about the ark when we hear the story of Musa?”

 

“In the story of Musa (a) the ark receives more books from Allah (s).”

 

“What books?”

 

“The Tawrat.”

 

“What is that?” 

 

“It is the Holy Book given to Musa (a) for the Banu Israil.”

 

“Can I see that too?” 

 

“Yes.  That book is known.” 

 

Grandfather went to his bookshelf.  He took down several books and laid them on the table before Sulayman. 

The Tree of Light: Part 6

This is the 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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Sulayman climbed down from the tree and kissed his brother, apologizing for the apple.  Yusuf hugged his brother and tried to climb the tree again. “Up up in the tree.”  he said.  They climbed the tree together while Grandfather took a nap. 

Grandfather found Sulayman and Yusuf in their room with their heads in the toy chest and their bottoms hanging out trying to reach all their stray blocks.  They built a little city with the blocks and were just a few pieces shy.  They did not want to come to dinner till it was finished.  Grandfather waited patiently as they placed the last pieces. Then he promised to tell them a story about a very beautiful and important chest after they had eaten their dinner and helped their mother wash up. 


 

The Tree of Light: Part 5

This is the 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.

Part 5:

Hawa (r) had many children and among them were Qabil and Habil.  Habil was a shepherd with flocks of sheep and Qabil was a farmer.  Each of them offered sacrifices, like a gift, to their Lord, but only Habil’s was accepted.  This and other jealousies between them caused enmity and Qabil killed his brother with a rock on Mt. Qasiyun in Damascus in the Cavern of Blood.

We must always remember that jealousy and bad feelings will harm us and the people we love.  Qabil regretted what he did to Habil but he could not take it back.  We must not be heedless ones.  We must use our mind and think before we do an action, this is why Allah (s) gave us a mind.

After a life of 1,000 years Adam (a) passed away and was buried on Mt. Serendib where he fell to earth and left Paradise.  In our time, we are blessed to only spend around 100 years or so away from our creator.

The Tree of Light: Part 4

This is the fourth 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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Adam (a) descended to earth and landed on Mt. Serendib in Sri Lanka and Hawa (r) landed in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Adam (a) and Hawa (r) sought forgiveness and it was granted to them.  Adam (a) and Hawa (r) were reunited at Arafat after they had completed the Hajj.  Adam (a) was asked to build the Kaaba.  Then they began to farm the land with oxen and grain from Angel Jibrail (a).  Adam (a) was given a staff from heaven that would later be given to Musa (a) and a ring that would later be given to Sulayman (a).

Grandfather took off his ring and handed it to Yusuf who was fidgeting now that his apple was finished.