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The Tree of Light: Part 35

This is the thirty 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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Some among the Bedouin thought that there was a treasure in the caverns at Petra, but the wise knew that treasure was not gold. The old man took Grandfather around to a secret path to the old mosque on the mountain above the valley.  As they entered the mosque carved out of the cliff face they found a vast cavern and cave system behind the prayer space. There were cisterns and aqueducts lifting and pouring water in ingenious ways, enough water to fill the whole valley below.  The old man went to a place in the prayer niche and moved a rock there.  He took out some bundled papers and handed them to Grandfather, who unwrapped them carefully on the carved stone table.  It looked like Arabic but it was older.  The papers had complicated drawings of all the water works and instructions on how to build and maintain a water rich city in the middle of a desert, ancient but advanced technology that could even collect water from wind and air.  They made wudu in the spring for Isha and stayed to pray Tahajud and Fajr.  When the sun began to light the edge of the sky they returned to the tents where they found the fire smoldering and a large stone boulder behind the fire with the boys still sleeping next to it.  The old Bedouin man laughed and patted the boulder before they both lay down to sleep. 

 

Salih (a) led his people to Mecca and is possibly

buried there and Allah (s) knows best.

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The maqam where people honour

the Prophet Salih (a).

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The Tree of Light: Part 34

This is the thirty 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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The unbelievers turned red and yellow and then black just as Salih (a) said and on the fourth day some say an earthquake destroyed them, and some say a rain of fire, but Allah (s) knows best.  For seven days, the believers heard the screams and destruction and when it had finished Salih (a) led the believers out of that place.

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This is thought to be the place on the Arabian

Peninsula that Salih (a) brought the believers

after they left the Valley of Hijr.

The boys had fallen asleep near the dying fire and Grandfather covered them over with some warm woolen blankets.  The she camel and her foal were sleeping as well and Grandfather spoke to the old Bedouin man looking after them in whispers.  They rose and the old Bedouin led Grandfather away. 

The Tree of Light: Part 33

This is the thirty 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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The people asked that the boulder become a camel and that camel would have a foal. Salih (a) asked for the miracle and the boulder spilt and a camel emerged.  After some time, the she camel had a foal and Salih (a) admonished the people to leave the camels in peace.

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Salih (a) making dua for the miracle of the she camel.

“If I ask for a miracle can I have a camel?” asked Sulayman. 

 

Yusuf shook his head.  “No no no camel!”  he squeaked. 

The camel was thirsty so Salih (a) brought her to the well, and when she drank all the water the people feared there would be no more.  But miraculously the well filled again with water.  The camel gave milk to all who approached her with good intention on every other day.

“Is camel milk good or yucky?” asked Sulayman. The Bedouin man brought the boys some little cups with camel milk. 

 

“Good!” Yusuf squeaked after he sipped his cup. Sulayman looked doubtful so Yusuf drank the second cup. 

One day Salif, the enemy of Salih (a), killed the she camel because the idol worshipers had told him it was the only way to bring back the girl he loved.  The unbelievers that followed Salif tried to find and kill the followers of Salih (a), but they could not find them and were killed by falling rocks and boulders thrown by angels.

Salih (a) sought the camel foal once he heard that the she camel was slaughtered and saw the foal disappear into the split boulder.  Now that the camels were gone Salih (a) told the people that they had three days before Allah’s (s) punishment would fall upon them.  The first day they would turn red, the second saffron yellow and the third day they would turn black.  The fourth day they would be destroyed.  After delivering this prophecy he took his followers to the mosque on the mountain.

“You’re turning yellow!”  Sulayman pointed to Yusuf.  Yusuf screamed and started crying when he looked down at his hands in the fire light.  Grandfather frowned at Sulayman and put Yusuf on his lap to let him play with his prayer beads. 

The Tree of Light: Part 32

This is the thirty 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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The people of Thamood did not want to live in mud brick houses any longer because rains and earthquakes were damaging their houses.  They made their slaves dig homes for them out of the mountainside.

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“Did they use hammers?” asked Sulayman. “Can I use a hammer and make a building in the rock?  I promise I won’t hurt myself.”  Sulayman waved the stick he lit on fire a little too close to his brother and Grandfather looked doubtful. 

The auntie of Prophet Salih (a) tried to corrupt him with wine and Salih (a) fled into the wilderness where he found the Angel Jibrail (a).  The Angel announced the prophethood of Salih (a) and called him to guide his people.  The slaves and the low born followed Salih (a) and he asked them to be patient with the unbelievers.  When the believers among the Thamood followed the teaching of Salih (a) they began to see greater fruit from their work.

Salih (a) built a mosque out of the mountain and called the believers there to pray. After that they were to declare their belief publicly and hide it from the unbelievers no longer.  Salih (a) addressed the unbelievers himself when a man named Salif tried to stop him.  Salif demanded a miracle from Salih (a) even though this would bring destruction on the unbelievers who would not listen to reason or understand the responsibility that comes with a miracle from Allah (s).

The Tree of Light: Part 31

This is the thirty 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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6 SALIH (a)

“No Sulayman, we are not buying a camel,” Grandfather shook his head.  He was taking the boys to see the carved cliffs of Petra in Jordan and there were many camels all over the valley floor.  Sulayman was on his tenth ride around the site. 

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They tried to put Yusuf on a small foal camel but he was having none of it.  He was scared of camels.  He did not want to go up on the big camel with Sulayman either. 

 

“But my camel can live on the terrace and take me to school!” wailed Sulayman. 

 

Yusuf squealed and hung onto Grandfather when the little camel stood up.  He patted Yusuf on the head and gave him a candy from his pocket.

 

It was getting late and they had to leave the valley before dark, so Grandfather asked the nice old Bedouin man to let Sulayman ride the camel out of the valley, where they were invited to stay with the man and his family near at their camp.   

 

When they got back to their tents the boys were bundled up by the campfire playing with sticks while the Bedouin family brought tea.  Grandfather took out his prayer beads and the boys played with sticks in the fire while Grandfather began his story of the people who lived in the Valley of Hijr. 

Some descendants of the people of Ad migrated to the Valley of Hijr two hundred years after Prophet Hood (a).  These people followed a king named Thamood and they took the Valley of Hijr and killed the people there and the caravans that passed as well.  Prophet Salih (a) was born to one of the chieftains of Thamood and was soon orphaned.  He was not like his people because he wanted to work among the slaves instead of only enjoying the fruits of their labor.  Salih (a) saw the slaves of Thamood as the children of Adam (a) and not as lesser beings.

15. Illuminated Quran: The Rock Lesson Review

Tonight I reviewed the lesson plan for 15. Illuminated Quran: The Rock with my son.

This surah reviews the creation of Prophet Adam (a).  I asked my son how Adam (a) was created.  He said that Allah (s) created Adam (a) with clay and water and light.  Then we discussed the Ruh of Allah (s) as the magical ingredient.

I asked my son why Iblis refused to bow to this new creation.  My son said that he refused to bow because of his ego.  My son asked what we are supposed to do when our ego whispers to us.  I asked him if he could remember what we are supposed to do.  He said authubillahi min ashaitan irajim bismillah arahmanirahim.

This surah speaks about the Hijri people so I played my son a short YouTube video about the Nabateans so that he could see some of the archaeological sites and information about these people.

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We discussed who Hijri were and my son said they lived in stone buildings carved out of rock.   Then we discussed why they did not listen to Prophet Salih (a).  My son said that they did not listen for the same reason Iblis did not listen, they were listening to their egos.

I asked my son why the Hijri people fell and we discussed the story of Salih (a).  If you would like to read more about the story of Prophet Salih (a) there is a chapter concerning him in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

The story of Saliah (a) speaks about 9 evil people among the Tahmoodi (Hijiri) people.  My son wanted to know if the evil people were zombies.  I asked my son what miracle he would have asked for if he were a Tahmoodi person.  He said he would have asked for all the evil people to leave.

We discussed the miracle of camel and my son said he would have had a huge party for the camel and her baby.

Please share your experiences when exploring the meaning of the Quran for children.

Tree of Prophets: Salih (a)

Tonight we reviewed the story of Salih (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

We discussed who Hijri people were and my son said they lived in stone buildings carved out of rock.   Then we discussed why they did not listen to Prophet Salih (a).  My son said that they did not listen for the same reason Iblis did not listen, they were listening to their egos.

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I asked my son why the Hijri people fell and we discussed the story of Salih (a).

 

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The story of Saliah (a) speaks about 9 evil people among the Tahmoodi (Hijiri) people.  My son wanted to know if the evil people were zombies and I said not exactly.  I asked my son what miracle he would have asked for if he were a Tahmoodi person.  He said he would have asked for all the evil people to leave.

We discussed the miracle of camel and my son said he would have had a huge party for the camel and her baby if he had been there.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the lives of the Prophets (a).