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Shaban Moon-splitting Craft

Shaban Mubarak! I am so pleased to share another craft from Kelly G. and to thank her for contributing. She decided to create a craft around the event where the Prophet (s) split the moon in two as a miracle to prove to the Quraysh that he was indeed a Prophet (s) of Allah (s).

She began with a drawing of the night sky and then gave the children a moon to split with scissors and glue to attach the split moon to the composition. She asked the children to include a short ayat concerning this event from the Holy Quran.

This craft is an excellent example of what we do here at Sirajunmunira, using creativity and love to help children learn about the Prophet (s) and the message he brought for all humanity.

Our humble thanks once again to Kelly G. a we welcome her and you to contribute your projects so that we can learn from you.

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 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.

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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4 NUH (a)

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.

The Tree of Light: Part 15

This is the fifteenth 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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Idris (a) retired to a cave to worship his Lord and angels came to visit him there.  The angel of the sun came often to Idris (a), and on his last visit he brought him to visit the throne of the sun, where he passed away.  The angel awoke him on the throne and told Idris (a) that he had died.  Idris (a) asked to see Hell and so the angel took him to the Sirat ul-Mustaqueem bridge and he looked down into Hell below the bridge.

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Then the angel took Idris (a) to Paradise.  Idris (a) now dwells in Paradise and is the tailor of the people there.

Grandfather looked down at the boys.  They were both snoring.  Grandfather took off his turban and set it down, taking care not to disturb the angel that sat on the top of the cone, and lay down to rest a bit before the Asr prayer.