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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.”

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).

 

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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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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Part 26:

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.”

Isra wal Miraj: The Tree of Life 

When the Prophet Muhammad (s) traveled to the second heaven he saw a tree with leaves of many colours.  The green leaves were the new lives on earth and the yellow leaves were the lives close to their end.


The leaves are represented by butterflies to give the idea that they are animated and not static.


We used a punch to make the holes to tread the ribbon to tie the leaves to the tree.


We used an olive tree branch for this project.


Please share your ideas making the Isra wal Miraj holiday special for children.

Please see our new book Isra wal Miraj for children available now on Amazon.

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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.

Part 17:

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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.

Part 16:

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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.