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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.”

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.

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)

The Tree of Light: Part 22

This is the twenty 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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Nuh (a) had one son named Kenan who could not believe his father’s prophecy and so did not follow him.  The rain drops fell like millstones, the waves came like mountains, and the son of Nuh (a) was among the drowned.

When Iblis was discovered aboard the ark he told Nuh (a) that his nation would be destroyed by 5 things, 2 of which he named, greed and envy.  Iblis said that he had been envious of Adam (a), and Adam (a) had been greedy to eat of the Tree of Knowledge in Eden.

There were 3 animals created on the ark.  When Nuh (a) stroked the elephant, it sneezed and the pig was created.  This pig consumed all the dirt on the boat so that it was kept clean.  Iblis stroked the back of the pig and the rat was born.  Nuh (a) stroked the back of the lion and the housecat was born to control the rats, but not before they had gnawed a hole in the hull of the ark.  The snake stopped the hole with its tail and so saved the ark.

“Was it a rattlesnake?” asked Sulayman.

 

“I do not think so,” replied Grandfather.

 

“Was it a cobra?”  asked Sulayman.

 

Yusuf swayed from side to side like a cobra and Grandfather laughed.

When the rains had stopped Nuh (a) sent the crow to search for dry land, but the crow found a dead animal, or some say the son of Nuh (a), on a mountain and did not return.  So Nuh (a) sent the dove.  The dove found an olive tree, but its legs touched the Sea of Wrath while taking the olive twig and the feathers fell off and the legs turned red.  Nuh (a) blessed the dove when it returned and cursed the crow.

The Tree of Light: Part 13

This is the thirteenth 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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“For man is more than the sum of his parts.” Aristotle

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3 IDRIS (a)

Sulayman and Yusuf were having their Quran lesson.  Sulayman sat with his lawh wood board and ink writing the ayat.

 

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Yusuf tipped over his ink and stained his clothes and the carpet.  Sulayman jumped up trying to escape the flood.  Yusuf started crying and Grandfather came to see what was wrong.  He took Yusuf to change his clothes and patted his head when he returned to the lesson. 

 

“I don’t want to write Quran anymore Grandfather.  I want to go play,” whined Sulayman. 

 

“Hmm,” said Grandfather, taking Sulayman’s lawh.  He looked down at the lawh and the ayat written there. 

 

“If you finish your lesson and memorize this ayat I will tell you the story of the one who brought writing, and clothes, and many other things to human beings.” 

 

Sulayman thought about it for a minute.  Yusuf started reciting the ayat.  Yusuf could not write yet really but he was learning to recite.  Sulayman scowled because Yusuf had already memorized the lesson.  He did not want his brother to exceed him so he sat down and began practicing. 

 

After lunch, it was time for Yusuf to have a nap and Grandfather usually took him to rest.  Sulayman followed because Grandfather said it was time to hear the story. 

 

“But I am not taking a nap Grandfather,” said Sulayman.  “I am too big for naps.”

 

“Hmm,” said Grandfather.  “I am not too big for naps.”

 

They settled down on the cushions to get cozy. 

 

“Who is the one who made the writing?  I don’t like him because I don’t like to write,” said Sulayman.

 

“Hmm,” Grandfather chuckled.  “The people of Idris (a) did not like him very much either at one time.  But then they realized that he brought so many good things to make their lives better that they finally loved him and followed him.”

 

“What things?” said Yusuf.  Grandfather rubbed his head and began his tale.