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The Tree of Light Vol 2: Part 3

This is our third sample of The Tree of Light Vol 2 concerning the lives of the Prophets.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s beautiful and comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather recounts the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who find that the lives of the Prophets have come to life.

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“Why did the water heal Ayyoub (a).”

 

“It was special water.  Magical water.”

 

“Can I have some magic water for my burn?”

 

“If you make dua and ask Allah (s) to heal you then maybe your prayer will be answered.”

 

Sulayman put up his hands and asked and then opened one eye.  “Where is the water Grandfather?”

 

“It is coming, just rest a little longer, you will see.”

 

“Why did the water make his wife young again?”

 

“Ayyoub (a) was sad that his strong faith and patience with his illness made other people doubt in the power of God.  So, Allah (s) sent a miracle in the water for Ayyoub (a) and Rahma (r) to strengthen the faith of their followers.” 

 

“I would believe if Allah (s) sent magic water for my burn.”

Allah (s) then rained locusts of silver that became barley and locusts of gold that became wheat. Wealth and prosperity returned to the lands of Ayyoub (a). Rahma (r) reminded Ayyoub (a) of his oath to punish her when he saw her hair cut and Ayyoub (a) was sad because he knew now that she was innocent.  His Lord told him to punish her very lightly with some rushes so that he would not hurt her.

“Why did she tell him to punish her.”

 

“She did not want him to forget his promise to Allah (s).”

 

“But wasn’t she joking?  Didn’t she know that Allah knew the truth.”

 

 

 

“She had strong faith and so yes she knew that Allah (s) knew the truth and was her witness.  And she knew her husband just as all ladies know their husbands.  It is wrong to accuse ladies of being bad without proof and if it is not true.  Allah (s) does not like this; the Prophet Muhammad (s) said that the best men are the ones having the best manners with ladies.” 

Some say Ayyoub (a) lived 290 years and some say he lived 93 and Allah (s) knows best.

Grandfather put his beads in his pocket and looked down. Sulayman was now asleep but his brow was knit with pain and he shifted in his sleep.  Grandfather went to the toy chest in the corner.  He said a special prayer, “Authu bi kalimati-llahi-tammati min sharri ma khalaq.”1and lifted the lid.  He took a small bottle of water with a tiny cork from the chest and placed one drop of the water in Sulayman’s mouth and poured a little on his burns and then watched as the burns faded away to nothing.  He replaced the lavender oil bandages and pulled the blanket up around Sulayman before putting the small glass bottle back into the toy chest and closing it once more. 

Grandfather looked over at Sulayman who now rested peacefully.  All the pain had gone from his brow and he rested well.  Grandfather smiled at Yusuf and watched him doing all this with a twinkle in his eyes while pretending to sleep.  He tucked Yusuf in before going to take wudu (ablution) for Isha prayer. 

 

Maqam of Ayyoub (a) in Basra

 

Another maqam attributed to Prophet Ayyoub (a) in Oman.

 

 

1“I seek refuge on the perfect words of Allah Almighty from the evil that which He has created.”

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The Tree of Light Vol 2: Part 2

This is our second sample of The Tree of Light Vol 2 concerning the lives of the Prophets.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s beautiful and comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather recounts the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who find that the lives of the Prophets have come to life.

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One day a storm came and blew away all of Ayyoub’s (a) wealth including his fields, animals and possessions.  Iblis ran to Ayyoub (a) in the mosque and asked him how he could pray to an unseen God while he lost everything.  Ayyoub (a) said that if Iblis were good he would have been blown away as well.   The angels celebrated the faith of Ayyoub (a) and this angered Iblis very much.

Iblis then assembled the family of Ayyoub (a) and brought an earthquake on their heads. When Iblis ran to tell Ayyoub (a) he said that if there had been any good in Iblis he would have died in the earthquake. Iblis then said that Ayyoub (a) only continued to worship his Lord because he had good health.  Allah (s) gave Iblis permission to harm the health of Ayyoub (a).

Iblis blew a poison from Hell onto Ayyoub (a) and he became swollen and burned, covered in sores that were infected with worms.  Then Iblis ran to tell all the people of the village that Ayyoub (a) was so afflicted because he would not worship the idol.

“Why did Allah (s) let Iblis burn Ayyoub (a)?”  Sulayman asked.

 

“Hmm.”  Grandfather turned his prayer beads in his fingers, “Ayyoub (a) had these tests by the permission of his Lord to show us something.  Are you knowing what that something is?” 

 

Sulayman frowned, thinking hard.  “That Iblis is bad?  Iblis is going to hurt us.  I don’t want Iblis to bother me.”

 

“Allah (s) is teaching us that Ayyoub (a) is an example.  He will not stop loving Allah (s) because he loses the good things of Dunya, this world, because the good things of Dunya have no value compared to the good things of Akhira, the eternal world.  What reward do we have in Akhira?”

 

“Candy!” piped Yusuf. 

 

“Yes, candy and toys and cake and …” said Sulayman.

 

“Yes, well, something like that,” said Grandfather.

 

The people of the village thought that the illness of Ayyoub (a) was contagious and so they made Ayyoub (a) leave.  His wife Rahma (r) carried him to the wilderness and nursed him during his illness. For years Rahma (r) travelled far looking for work to feed Ayyoub (a).  It was hard to find a place where Iblis had not warned the people to turn her away because her husband was a leper.

“What is a leper?”

 

“Leprosy is a sickness.  It is easy to cure now but in the time of Ayyoub (a) it was a grave illness that people were very afraid of because of the terrible things it did to the body,

 and they knew that it was contagious and that if you had it you could make other people ill as well. 

So, they would make people with this illness go away and not live near the healthy.”

 

“Did his wife have the sickness?”

 

“No.”

 

“Why not?”

 

“Allah (s) protected her and she had very strong faith.”

One day when Rahma (r) went to work her mistress said she would give her no work and no food unless she cut her hair so she did and took the bread home to her husband. In this time ladies with short hair were people who had done bad things.  Ayyoub (a) was upset to see her like this and said that he would punish her. Rahma (r) said she did nothing wrong and Allah (s) was her witness.

Ayyoub (a) slowly healed but his followers were confused by his condition and could not understand how Allah (s) would allow an enlightened person to suffer so much. They returned to the worship of idols because they were afraid to be ill like Ayyoub (a).  This made Ayyoub (a) very sad and he asked his Lord for help.

Ayyoub (a) was directed by his Lord to a certain place and his followers came to see what he was doing.  He struck the ground with his foot and water came from that place shooting up to the sky.  The water washed away the sickness of Ayyoub (a).  When Rahma (r) came she was returned to youth and beauty as well by the water and the followers of Ayyoub (a) begged his forgiveness.

The Tree of Light Vol 2: part 1

This is our first sample of The Tree of Light Vol 2 concerning the lives of the Prophets.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s beautiful and comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather recounts the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who find that the lives of the Prophets have come to life.

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13 AYYOUB (a)

 

Sulayman and Yusuf were eating their supper when Yusuf threw a small dinner roll at Sulayman from across the table.  Sulayman jumped up to throw it back and hit the table a little too hard toppling his bowl of hot soup into his lap.  He started screaming because the soup burned his skin and his mother took him quickly to clean up the hot mess. 

She changed his clothes and put aloe gel from the garden and some lavender oil before Grandfather came with Yusuf to tell their bedtime story.  Yusuf looked at Sulayman’s burns with fascination and pulled away to hide behind Grandfather when he saw Sulayman’s red and blistered skin. 

Grandfather put Yusuf on the other couch and sat next to Sulayman and rubbed his head while Sulayman whimpered about the pain. Mother came and applied more lavender oil and brought Sulayman some tea sweetened with honey to help with the pain and help him rest.  As Grandfather started the story Sulayman began to relax and felt a little lightheaded. 

 

The father of Ayyoub (a) was called Mus and he was from the family of Ishaq (a) and Yaqub (a).  The mother of Ayyoub (a) was Anoos and she was from the daughters of Lut (a).  Ayyoub (a) was handsome and wealthy and lived in the land of Qudsiya near Damascus.  His wife Rahma (r) was from the family of Yusuf (a) and his son Ephraim.

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Map of Jerusalem

 

Ayyoub (a) spent the night and part of day praying and thanking his Lord in a little mosque.  The angels praised Ayyoub (a) so much that Iblis became jealous.  Iblis said that if Ayyoub (a) lost all his wealth and good fortune he would no longer love his Lord.  Allah (s) said that this was not so and Ayyoub (a) would remain unchanged in his heart no matter what happened to his wealth and gave Iblis permission to change the situation of Ayyoub (a).

 

4. Illuminated Quran: The Women Lesson Review

This is our lesson review for 4. Illuminated Quran: The Women.

This surah speaks about ladies and families.  I asked my son how the Prophet (s) treated ladies.  He said that he was nice and gave gifts to the ladies of his family and helped with cleaning and laundry in the house.


The surah speaks about Isa (a) and Mariam (r).  I read the story of Isa (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  This story is also part of our Tree of Prophets  project and the post for Isa (a) can be found at this link: Tree of Prophets: Isa (a).

I asked my son if we believe that Mariam (r) is the mother of Prophet Isa (a). He said yes.  I asked him if we believe that Prophet Isa (a) was killed by the Romans.  He said no that we believe that the Romans killed someone who looked like him.  My son wanted to know why the Romans wanted to kill Prophet Isa (a) and I told him that there were people who did not like the things that Prophet Isa (a) was teaching.

My son asked what will happen when Isa (a) returns to earth.  I told him that he is going to bring a time of peace.

We discussed the laws of inheritance mentioned in this surah and what happens when someone passes away.  I asked him what we do with their possessions and he said that the family receives it and uses it to live after their family member passes away.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the meaning of the Quran.

Please see our new book The Illuminated Quran: Curriculum for Children available now on Amazon.

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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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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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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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Part 27:

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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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 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.