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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.

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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.

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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 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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“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.

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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.

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“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.

The Tree of Light: Part 18

This is the eighteenth 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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“How big was the giant?” asked Sulayman.

 

Grandfather took an old book down from his shelf and turned the pages slowly before turning the book towards the boys.

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The giant brought an arm full of trees as building wood.  Nuh (a) convinced him to say “Bissmillah ar-Rahman ir Rahim”1 before he began to eat the two loaves of bread.  Soon the giant was feeling very full and took most of the wood with him in anger, because he thought he’d been tricked.  Yet the small pieces of wood left behind were sufficient to build he ark.

1 “In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful.”

The Tree of Light: Part 17

The is the seventeenth 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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In this time Lamaq and Nuh (a) hid their religion from the people.  The king Zahaq was cruel to the slaves of his nation and Nuh (a) was horrified by their plight.  Nuh (a) worked as a carpenter for the king and made beautiful carvings for the palace for 10 years.

“Why did the snake king eat the people?” asked Sulayman. 

 

Yusuf took his thumb out of his mouth and hid it under the blanket. 

 

Grandfather looked at Yusuf and patted the blanket.  “King Zahaq was believing that he was God because he listened to the counsel of Iblis (Shaitan).  Those ones who listen to Iblis are pushed to do very horrible things.”  Grandfather pinched one of Yusuf’s toes gently through the blanket and Yusuf squealed and pulled the blanket over his head. 

Then Prophet Nuh (a) was called by the Angel Mikail (a), and for ten years he traveled with him and saw the condition of men around the world.

After that Nuh (a) was called to prophethood by the Angel Jibrail (a).  This was a very difficult task because the people had forgotten the difference between right and wrong and would not listen to Nuh (a).

Before the flood came to destroy the disbelievers, there had been a drought for 40 years.  During this time, no children were born.  The flood was coming and Nuh (a) knew this.  The angel Jibrail (a)brought Nuh (a) the order for the ark to be built and the time was near.  Nuh (a) employed the help of a giant named Uj to bring the wood.  The giant was always very hungry and Nuh (a) said that he would feed him well.

The Tree of Light: Part 16

This is the sixteenth 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 and Yusuf were playing in the garden fountain with little toy boats carved out of wood.  Sulayman took a huge bucket of water and threw it on the boat that Yusuf was floating and suddenly there was screaming and crying and splashing.  Grandfather came out of the orchard to see what was wrong. 

There was water all over the tiles; both boys were soaked through and looked very unhappy.  He looked into the fountain and saw the boat still bouncing along in the water.  It had not sunk even with all the commotion.  Grandfather had made the boys these matching boats as gifts for Ashura. 

 

“Hmm,” said grandfather.  “Yusuf is this your boat?”

 

Yusuf nodded. 

 

“Come Yusuf.  We will get you some dry clothes and I will tell you the story of the most famous boat that was ever made.”  Yusuf took Grandfather’s hand and they shuffled off together leaving Sulayman behind by the fountain. 

 

Yusuf sat on the couch in warm fresh clothes wrapped in a blanket sucking his thumb.  Sulayman sat across the room on the other couch swinging his legs back and forth impatiently. 

 

Grandfather took out his prayer beads and put down his tea.

“The Prophet Nuh (a) was the son of Lamaq who saw terrible things in the caves near Babylon.  There was a snake king called Zahaq that would kill and eat his people.

Ashura Party

Last year for Ashura we had a party with sweets and the children made animal cookies two by two for the ark of Nuh (a).  If you have ideas for this year’s celebration please share them with us.

First we made sugar cookies with animal cookie cutters.  Then we added the first layer of icing.

Then we added the faces and other details.

We also had cupcakes with these laser cut animal cupcake wrappers.


We are hoping to repeat the activity next year because the children enjoyed it so much and their cookie decorating went much better than we anticipated.

Please share your ideas for celebrating Ashura with children.

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.