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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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Part 33:

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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Part 32:

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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“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.

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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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)