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The Tree of Light: Part 49

This is the forty 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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After some time, Ibrahim (a) had a dream that he must sacrifice the thing that he loved the most.  He began by sacrificing his animals but this was not the thing he loved most.  After he saw this dream 70 times he took his rope and his knife and returned to Mecca.  Ibrahim (a) told Hajar (r) to dress Ismail (a) and prepare him to go out. Shaitan approached Hajar (r) and Ismail (a) three times, trying to tell them that they should not obey Ibrahim (a) because he meant to harm Ismail (a).

 

“Why did Ibrahim need a rope and a knife?” asked Sulayman. 

 

“He took the rope and the knife to sacrifice Ismail (a).”

 

“But why didn’t Ismail run away.”

 

“Because Ismail (a) and Hajar (r) trusted their Lord and Ibrahim (a).  When Allah (s) told Ibrahim (a) to leave Hajar (r) and Ismail (a) in the desert they all obeyed and Allah (s) took care of them.  They did not listen to Shaitan then and they did not listen to Shaitan now.”

 

Sulayman and Yusuf walked on with Grandfather and they saw people picking up pebbles. 

 

“Why are they taking the rocks?”  Sulayman tugged on Grandfather’s hand.  

 

Yusuf stopped and started picking up stones. 

 

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The Jamarat

 

When Shaitan approached Ismail (a) with the news his father would kill him Ismail (a) threw stones at Shaitan to drive him away.  This is why we collect and throw pebbles on the Hajj.

 

 

The Tree of Light: Part 46

This is the forty 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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After this Ibrahim (a) met a series of ascetics.  One could make water appear where he struck his foot.  Another would fast for months at a time waiting for a guest. Another lived in a cave making dhikr who would break his fast only once every 2 months.  Then he sought another man in a cave that was a beautifully decorated mosque.  This ascetic said he would break his fast once every 3 months, and their iftarappeared on a floating tray.  Ibrahim (a) was tested by a scary tiger that would have eaten him if he were not sincere.

Then the ascetic took him to an island where he lived and confessed that he had prayed for many years that he could meet Ibrahim (a) and now that he did he passed away and was buried by Ibrahim (a).  Then the angel came to take Ibrahim (a) to the Gate of Repentance which he said would be open until the sun rose in the West.  When Ibrahim (a) was trying to guide Nimrod, he asked him if he could make the sun rise from the West and Nimrod could not, but Allah (s) can and will.

On the day, the angel Azrail (a) visited Ibrahim (a) and announced that Ibrahim (a) had been named the friend of God.  Ibrahim (a) wanted to know how living things were brought back to life. Azrail (a) demonstrated with some birds where the four winds collected the pieces of a dead bird and brought them back and the bird came alive once more.

Sometime after a very old man visited Ibrahim (a).  He was weak and unable to feed himself.  Ibrahim was near in age to this old man and so he asked his Lord to take him before he became an invalid.

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The Tree of Light: Part 45

This is the forty 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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Ibrahim (a) and Ismail (a) rebuilt the Kaaba in the place where the angel Jibrail (a) touched his wing to the ground.  A cloud came to wash the ground and the black stone was returned to the Kaaba from Mount Abu Qubays.  Ibrahim (a) taught the people the rights of Hajj where we go around the Kaaba, running between Safa and Marwa where Hajar (r) had run, standing on Mount Arafat where Adam (a) and Eve (r) were reunited, and throwing stones at the pillars in Mina against Shaitan.

Ibrahim (a) and the Kaaba

The next year Ibrahim (a) returned with Sarah (r) and Ishaq (a) to perform Hajj and they prayed for the Nation of Muhammad (s) together.

“I don’t want to wait to go on Hajj,” Sulayman wailed. 

 

“Most people are waiting their whole lives,” said Grandfather.  “People used to walk for months and years to reach Mecca for Hajj.”

 

“I can walk!” said Sulayman.

 

“Too far!” Yusuf wailed. “Yusuf no walk.”

The angels asked their Lord if they could test Ibrahim (a) to see whether he had Allah (s) in his heart or dunya.  Ibrahim (a) received 4 guests who would not eat, and one of them recited the prayer “Praise to the all Holy, our Lord of the angels and the spirit.”  Ibrahim (a) found this prayer so beautiful that he gave all he owned to hear it again.  Because the angels could not take the wealth of Ibrahim (a) with them Allah (s) said that these gifts were under His Own care.

One day a fire worshiper came as a guest to Ibrahim (a).  They disputed and Ibrahim (a) gave his guest food but did not like to eat with him.  After the fire worshipper left Allah (s) reprimanded Ibrahim (a) for not receiving his guest with sincere hospitality.  Ibrahim (a) went in search of the man for 10 days and then carried him back on his shoulders.  The fire worshipper was so impressed with the efforts of Ibrahim (a) that he became a believer.

“How did Ibrahim (a) carry the fire worshipper?” asked Sulayman.

 

“Allah (s) gave him great strength,” Grandfather answered.

 

“Too heavy,” Yusuf shook his head.

Ibrahim (a) and Ismail (a) rebuilt the Kaaba in the place where the angel Jibrail (a) touched his wing to the ground.  A cloud came to wash the ground and the black stone was returned to the Kaaba from Mount Abu Qubays.  Ibrahim (a) taught the people the rights of Hajj where we go around the Kaaba, running between Safa and Marwa where Hajar (r) had run, standing on Mount Arafat where Adam (a) and Eve (r) were reunited, and throwing stones at the pillars in Mina against Shaitan.

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Ibrahim (a) and the Kaaba

The next year Ibrahim (a) returned with Sarah (r) and Ishaq (a) to perform Hajj and they prayed for the Nation of Muhammad (s) together.

“I don’t want to wait to go on Hajj,” Sulayman wailed. 

 

“Most people are waiting their whole lives,” said Grandfather.  “People used to walk for months and years to reach Mecca for Hajj.”

 

“I can walk!” said Sulayman.

 

“Too far!” Yusuf wailed. “Yusuf no walk.”

The angels asked their Lord if they could test Ibrahim (a) to see whether he had Allah (s) in his heart or dunya.  Ibrahim (a) received 4 guests who would not eat, and one of them recited the prayer “Praise to the all Holy, our Lord of the angels and the spirit.”  Ibrahim (a) found this prayer so beautiful that he gave all he owned to hear it again.  Because the angels could not take the wealth of Ibrahim (a) with them Allah (s) said that these gifts were under His Own care.

One day a fire worshiper came as a guest to Ibrahim (a).  They disputed and Ibrahim (a) gave his guest food but did not like to eat with him.  After the fire worshipper left Allah (s) reprimanded Ibrahim (a) for not receiving his guest with sincere hospitality.  Ibrahim (a) went in search of the man for 10 days and then carried him back on his shoulders.  The fire worshipper was so impressed with the efforts of Ibrahim (a) that he became a believer.

“How did Ibrahim (a) carry the fire worshipper?” asked Sulayman.

 

“Allah (s) gave him great strength,” Grandfather answered.

 

“Too heavy,” Yusuf shook his head.

The Tree of Light: Part 43

This is the forty 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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Ibrahim (a) and Sarah (r) continued to Egypt with a caravan but before they reached the gates Ibrahim (a) hid Sarah (r) in a box.  He was afraid that if they saw how beautiful Sarah (r) was that they would give her to the Pharaoh.

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“Could she breathe in the box?” asked Sulayman.

 

“Yes.”

 

“How big was the box?” Sulayman held his arms wide.

 

“It was big enough to fit a lady inside, bigger than you, smaller than me.”

When they discovered her, they asked Ibrahim (a) who this beautiful woman was and he told them she was his sister so that they would not kill him and it is true that they were brother and sister in their faith.  Sarah (r) was very brave.  When they brought her to the Pharaoh she resisted him saying she was the wife of a Prophet and he should not touch her.  When the Pharaoh tried to touch her his hand shriveled and he asked her to pray for him to be healed.  He tried to touch her 7 times before he gave up and apologized to her for his bad manners.  The Pharaoh then gave her a slave named Hajar (r) who was the grandchild of the prophet Salih (a).

After a time, they returned to Nineveh to appeal to Nimrod once more to accept the One God.  Nimrod asked where the army of the One God was and Ibrahim (a) said that the army was comprised of mosquitos.  These mosquitos came out of the poplar trees that had grown from the blood of the fish that Nimrod had shot with the arrow.  Nimrod prepared his army, but he himself hid in a room secured with a keyhole that spiraled 7 times because in truth he was afraid to face the army of Allah (s).  The mosquitos that emerged from the poplar trees were not ordinary mosquitos and they ate through the armor of the soldiers and drank their blood and devoured them all, even their bones.

One mosquito who was lame traveled through the spiral lock into the room where Nimrod hid himself.  The mosquito battled Nimrod for 3 days before flying in through his nose and into his head.  It began to eat his brain and this was very painful so Nimrod would order a servant to hit his head to stop the mosquito for a moment.  One day a slave hit his head with a large rock and split his head in two.  The mosquito flew away having grown to the size of a small bird.

A mosquito flew by Sulayman’s ear and he screamed and waved his arms around.  The mosquito landed on the wall near the ceiling and looked down at them. Sulayman threw things at it and it just flew around until he stopped and then landed again.  Finally, Sulayman hid under his blanket so the mosquito couldn’t find him.  

Ibrahim (a) left Nineveh once more and bought some land to start a farm, but the people were afraid of him now and would not sell him the things he needed to farm the land. Returning from the market one day he filled his bags with sand so that the people would not know he had returned with nothing.  But Allah (s) had filled his bags with wheat and grain.  He was surprised to smell the baking bread.  Sarah (r) brought him some and said she found the flour in his bags.

Ibrahim (a) and Sarah (r) had no children and Sarah (r) suggested that Ibrahim (a) should marry Hajar (r) so that their family might have children.  Ibrahim (a) and Hajar (r) were married and had a son named Ismail (a).  Sarah (r) was not able to bear having Hajar (r) live near her anymore, so Ibrahim (a) took them into the desert and the angel Jibrail (a) told him to leave them where the camel sat down.  The place the camel sat was very hot and dry with no plants or water.  After Hajar (r) ran out of food and water she went to search for some provision.  She ran between the hills of Safa and Marwa 7 times in search of water.  Then she saw the foot of Ismail (a) strike the ground. From the spot where his foot struck water gushed out of the ground forming the well we call Zam-Zam.  A voice from the well told her that the water was sufficient for food, drink and illness and she thanked the Lord for this special water.

“Why didn’t Ibrahim come back and bring her more food.”

 

“Ibrahim (a) knew that Allah Almighty would provide for Hajar (r) and Ismail (a).”

Sometime later a lost caravan found this place with Hajar (r), her son Ismail (a) and the well of Zam-Zam.  The people of the caravan had an illness that was instantly cured by the water and so they asked Hajar (r) if they could return with their families and build a city in this place.  In that way, the city of Mecca was founded.

Ibrahim (a) then had a dream where the Lord ordered him to sacrifice his son Ismail (a). He had this dream 70 times and the dreams of Prophets are true.  Hajar (r) prepared Ismail to go out with his father but after they left Shaitan came to her to say that Ibrahim (a) was going to kill her son.  She recognized Shaitan and drove him away saying that if the Lord took her son that she would accept this.  Shaitan then approached Ibrahim (a) and Ismail (a) trying to deceive them, but he failed.  Ismail (a) threw three stones at Shaitan injuring him in the valley of Mina.

“I want to throw stones at Shaitan.”

 

“Hmm,” said Grandfather.  “When you go on Hajj[1]you will.” 

 

“But I want to throw stones at Shaitan now.  I don’t want to wait till I’m old!”

 

“Well I am going soon.  If you have memorized your second juz2I will take you.”

 

“But a juz is so long!” wailed Sulayman. 

 

Yusuf started crying.  Grandfather rubbed his head. 

 

“Juz too long.” Yusuf squeaked. 

 

“You have many months.  And If Yusuf has one juz and Sulayman has two then I will take you.”

 

“Too long!” Yusuf buried his face in his blanket. 

 

“You will be ready before your brother Yusuf because you have 1/2 a juz already and Sulayman only has one and he has to learn a whole other juz.” 

[1]Pilgrimage to Mecca

2Section of Quran

The Tree of Light: Part 42

This is the forty 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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Nimrod had a very high tower built and said he would kill Ibrahim’s (a) One God from the top of it.  He tried to kill the One God with a bow and arrow he shot towards the sky, and an angel brought a fish to be pierced by the arrow so that Nimrod would believe he had succeeded.  When Nimrod showed the arrow to his people they believed he had killed the one God, except Lot (a) the nephew of Ibrahim (a), who did not believe it.

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The fish asked why it was killed and the Lord ordered that the fish should not be slaughtered by the knife, but by suffocation.  The blood of the fish fell to the ground and white poplar trees grew from the drops.

Prophet Ibrahim (a) married the daughter of his uncle.  Her name was Sarah (r) and she was a believer.  Ibrahim (a) then brought Sarah (r) and his nephew Lot (a) with him and migrated out of Nineveh.  When they reached Palestine Lot (a) remained there to teach the prophecy received by Ibrahim (a).

The Tree of Light: Part 41

This is the forty 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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The horses and donkeys would not carry the wood but the mules did, and so they were cursed and cannot have babies to this day for helping Nimrod.  For a year they collected wood, and once the fire was lit Shaitan inspired them to use a catapult to throw Ibrahim (a) into the fire. The angels tried to save and protect Ibrahim (a) from the fire but he declined.

 

“Why did Ibrahim want to go into the fire?” asked Sulayman.

 

“He did not want to go but he was submitting and putting himself in Allah’s (s) hand,” answered Grandfather. 

 

“Why did Allah (s) want Ibrahim (a) to go into the fire?”

 

“Hmm.  Allah’s (s) Prophets have very hard tests and their example teaches us how to have trust in Allah (s).  Without this example, we cannot understand how to be servants to our Lord.  By allowing Ibrahim (a) to go into the fire Allah (s) is trying to show us something.” 

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When Ibrahim was launched into the fire the logs became green trees again, a spring of water came and Ibrahim sat in a beautiful garden in the middle of the fire. The bee brought water to put out the fire and this is why the bee now gives honey which is healing for mankind. The nightingale threw itself into the fire for the love of Ibrahim (a) and the Lord showed the nightingale that Ibrahim (a) sat unharmed in the fire and put the nightingale on a rosebush. The nightingale then asked to know the names of Allah (s) and these names became the beautiful song of the nightingale.  Many other animals brought water to put out the fire except the lizard who fanned the flames and this is why the lizard is cursed.

 

Just then they heard a nightingale trilling in the courtyard.

 

“Bird!” Yusuf said.

 

Sulayman hid under his blanket.  He mumbled that the nightingale should be cursed for pecking him in the head. 

 

The daughter of Nimrod saw that Ibrahim (a) was safe in the fire and told her father. Nimrod was flown by eagles to see this himself.  When he found Ibrahim (a) unharmed he asked how he was saved from the fire and Ibrahim (a) said that the one true God had saved him and Nimrod asked if he could be accepted by the one true God as well.  Ibrahim (a) told him yes but some say that Nimrod had killed his daughter for accepting the one true God and his people then feared him even more. Ibrahim (a) was released because they could not kill him.

The Tree of Light: Part 39

This is the thirty 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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One day his mother found the cave surrounded by wild lions, wolves and leopards.  She feared they had eaten the baby but she found him protected by the angels.  The baby was sucking on his fingers and from each finger there flowed nourishment. There was butter, honey, rose water, syrup and milk.  Each day the baby grew as much as one month and matured quickly.  Eventually Ibrahim (a) asked if he and his mother were alone in the world and so she brought his father Azar.

Yusuf took his thumb out of his mouth and looked at it carefully.  He frowned.

 

“Honey!” He showed his thumb to Grandfather. “Tell it to give honey for Yusuf.” 

 

Grandfather chuckled.

Ibrahim (a) remained in the cave for 10 years for his protection from Nimrod who was still killing mothers and babies.  One day he asked his mother to show him the world outside the cave.  When they were outside the cave Ibrahim (a) said “There is no power and no might except with Allah (s), the Sublime, the Almighty.”

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When the star rose Ibrahim (a) asked his mother what it was and she said it was God. The moon came up and he thought this was God because it was greater.  When the sun came he thought this one was God but in the end they all diminished with time and Ibrahim (a) understood that these things were not God. His mother was concerned that Ibrahim (a) did not believe as they had and she worried that he was the one child Nimrod sought.

When Ibrahim’s (a) parents came to take him back to the city of Nineveh on the banks of the Euphrates river he told them he had been instructed by the Angel that there was only one God and that their religion of many gods and idols was incorrect. His parents were frightened and confused but told him he must obey them and return to Nineveh.  Ibrahim (a) was a good son and so he obeyed his parents.

Azar desired that Ibrahim should carve idols and sell them in the market like they did but instead Ibrahim abused the idols and told them if they were truly gods they could protect themselves.  The people thought he was crazy and would not buy from him.  One man asked why he did not respect the idols.  Ibrahim said he did because the idols cooked food and baked bread.  The man said no the idols do not do these things because they are only wood and cannot work.  Then Ibrahim told the man that if these idols were only wood then he should worship the one true God and say there is no God but God.  The man did and he felt happy and light and so in this way Ibrahim (a) began to instruct the people of Nineveh.

His father was upset when he found out and beat Ibrahim (a), but his mother said it was not his fault that he did not know their religion because he had been raised in a cave.  She told Azar to send their son to the sorcerers in the temple of idols to learn their religion.  Azar apologized to the people for Ibrahim’s (a) behavior and then told Ibrahim he was sorry for not teaching him well and took him to the temple.  Ibrahim (a) made dhikr there and prayed in the direction of the Kaaba, but no one knew.

The Tree of Light: Part 38

This is the thirty 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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The mother of Ibrahim (a) was older and so did not know she was with child, till one day she went to the temple and the idols screamed and scared her away because her child would be their destroyer.  She ran to tell her husband Azar who was a maker of idols, and he told her to keep quiet or Nimrod would find out and kill her and the child.

When the time for the birth came Azar told her to go to the temple to give birth, but the idols screamed so loud that she ran into the wilderness and there met the Angel Jibrail (a).  The angel opened a cave in the mountain where she found water and all she needed for the birth.  After the baby was born she wrapped him and rested.  The cave had been dressed like a pavilion in paradise and servants cared for her and the baby.  The baby remained in the cave for his protection, and she returned to her home in the day and spent the night in the cave with the baby Ibrahim (a).

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The cave was far from the Euphrates river in Damascus but the Angel brought her quickly so it seemed not long.  This cave is still visited by pilgrims in Damascus.  Some say that the story of Ibrahim (a) and Nimrod took occurred in a place called Urfa in Turkey where there is the Cave of Urfa and a pond that holds the water that put out the fire of Nimrod.

The Tree of Light: Part 37

This is the thirty 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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After Prophet Salih’s (a) time the believers followed the rivers and settled near the Tigris and Euphrates.

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For a time, their belief was strong but after some time they failed to heed their Prophets. King Nimrod thought he was a god like Pharaoh and consulted soothsayers about his dreams.  One night he dreamed that a great star, larger than the sun, fell on his head, and so he asked them what this meant.  Most of the soothsayers said something flattering to Nimrod.  But one young man told him that dream had another meaning.  He said that the lady Nimrod had recently wed would have a son that would be greater than Nimrod.

Nimrod would have no one greater than he so he killed his bride with a sword and her head fell into the fountain.  Now the other soothsayers told the king that another woman who was expecting a baby in the land would have a son to challenge Nimrod and bring a new religion to destroy the idols.  Nimrod ordered all the women pregnant with a child to prison and any male child born to them to be killed.

“Why did he want to kill a baby?  A baby can’t do anything,” Sulayman frowned.   

 

“Hmm.  Babies grow up Sulayman.  And once they do they can do all sorts of things.”

The Tree of Light: Part 36

This is the thirty 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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7 IBRAHIM (a)

Sulayman and Yusuf were playing in the garden when a song bird landed on the rosebush near them and started singing.  Yusuf pointed to the bird and smiled.  Sulayman shook the rosebush with a stick but the bird held fast.  As he shook the bush harder the bird jumped onto his head and pulled out some of his hair. 

Sulayman ran from the garden screaming that a bird was killing him and bumped right into Grandfather.  When he asked what was wrong Yusuf ran up.

 

“Bird!” squeaked Yusuf.

 

Grandfather looked where Yusuf pointed and saw a nightingale hopping from rose to rose.  It stopped briefly and sang in their direction. 

 

Grandfather nodded at the nightingale and patted Sulayman on the head. 

 

“The nightingale loves the roses very much Sulayman, and you should not disturb him,” Grandfather advised.  Yusuf started giggling as Sulayman waved his arms around complaining about the bird. 

 

“Bee!” squealed Yusuf. 

 

He pointed to a bee crawling on one of the roses in front of them.  The bee took off and flew in Sulayman’s direction, floating around his head. Sulayman started screaming and ran into the house. 

 

“Come Yusuf, I will tell you the story of the Nightingale and the Bee, if we can find where your brother is hiding.  Your brother should not harass the animals of Sayyidina Ibrahim.  I fear he is going to learn the hard way.”

 

Sulayman screamed from inside the house and the bee flew out and back toward the garden. 

 

“Bee!” Yusuf pointed. 

 

Sulayman was shouting that the bee had stung him. Grandfather looked at his arm and said he was not stung and explained that bees die when they sting and the bee was in the garden alive and well. 

 

He took a jar out of the cupboard and gave them each a spoon of honey. 

 

“Bees are blessed animals because of what they did for Ibrahim (a), and now I will tell you his story.”