The Drowning of Pharaoh

The Drowning of Pharaoh When Prophet Moses reached the sea, he received a revelation from Allah to strike the sea with his staff. When he did, the sea split into twelve parts, with a dry passage between each. Prophet Moses, and those with him, crossed the sea along the dry passages. When Pharaoh and his army arrived, they saw the sea was split into parts. They followed Moses, but at that moment, Allah ordered the sea to close upon them. They were destroyed. Some of Pharaoh’s followers claimed that he had not died, but rather disappeared. To show their claim was false, Allah made Pharaoh’s body appear. It floated over the water, swollen and rotting.    

Pharaoh

Pharaoh Pharaoh was a tyrant, whom some people in Egypt worshipped. Allah sent Prophets Moses and Aaron to call Pharaoh to Islam. They met him and called him to Islam. Moses showed Pharaoh several miracles. Despite the miracles he witnessed, Pharaoh did not believe. Our Master Moses left Egypt with 600,000 offspring of Israel who believed in him. Pharaoh, with an army of over a million, chased after them wanting to destroy them.

Pharaoh’s Magicians

Pharaoh’s Magicians Pharaoh had a group of magicians, whom he called to confront Prophet Moses, peace be upon him, which they did. They threw ropes on the ground. The ropes appeared, to those watching, to be snakes. Prophet Moses threw his staff down as well and, by the Power of Allah, it turned to a large snake that swallowed the ropes of the magicians. As a result, the magicians were defeated. They knew what Moses did was not magic; it was a miracle. So they believed in him. Pharaoh was angry. He threatened those magicians who believed in Musa with great torture and punishment. The believers remained steadfast to Islam after they saw the miracle of Prophet Moses. Pharaoh killed them and they died as martyrs.

Prophet Moses

Prophet Moses Our Master Moses is a descendant of Prophet Jacob. He was born in Egypt, lived there for a period of time and then he left. In those days, a blasphemous pharaoh ruled Egypt. Both Moses and his brother Aaron received revelation from Allah. They both became prophets and messengers. Allah sent them to Pharaoh to call him to Islam, but Pharaoh, who owned many things, blasphemed by telling his people that he was their Supreme God. This is an indication that Allah gives the rulership to whomever He willed, and that Allah does whatever He wills.

Prophet Ayyub

Prophet Ayyub Our Master Ayyub was one of the prophets of Allah. He had plenty of money, land, and many children. Then Allah willed for him to suffer many great calamities. All of his children died. He lost all his money and became severely ill. However, Prophet Ayyub was very patient. He sought reward from Allah and remembered Allah day and night. Prophet Ayyub’s sickness lasted eighteen years. All through those years he was patient and did not object to Allah. His wife, a righteous believer, was kind to him, took care of him, and was patient with him. Prophet Ayyub asked Allah to cure him. His request was fulfilled. Allah made some cool water spring out, and ordered Prophet Ayyub to bathe in it and drink from it. Prophet Ayyub did as Allah ordered. Allah cured...

Prophet Yusuf, Part II

Prophet Yusuf, Part II While in Egypt, Yusuf lived through several hardships, yet he remained well-mannered. His good traits became apparent when he was put in charge of the Egyptian treasury. After a long period of time, Yusuf’s brothers travelled to Egypt. Yusuf saw his brothers and recognized them, but they did not recognize him. Yusuf did not seek revenge on them for conspiring to kill him or for throwing him in the well. Afterwards, he told them he was their brother whom they had treated unjustly. Yet, he addressed them with good words, as Allah said in the Quran, in Ayah 92, what means, “I will not harm you today. May Allah forgive you. He is the most Merciful.” This means that on that day, Yusuf advised them to strive to act better, and to repent to Allah...

Prophet Yusuf, Part I

Prophet Yusuf, Part I Our Master Yusuf was very handsome. He was the son of the prophet Jacob. His father loved him very much for his good manners. His brothers, however, envied him for his father’s love, and conspired to kill him. One of them suggested throwing him in a well, and so they did, but Allah saved him. People in a passing caravan found Prophet Yusuf. They pulled him out of the well and took him to Egypt, where they sold him to one of the rulers.

Prophet Jacob

Prophet Jacob Ibrahim and Sarah died in the land of Palestine. Their son Ishaq had a son, who was named Jacob. Jacob was also called Israel. Israel had a son, whom he named Yusuf. All four—Ibrahim, his son Ishaq, Ishaq’s son Jacob, and Jacob’s son Yusuf—were prophets. These are the only four consecutive prophets who are related. They called people to Islam, and worshipped Allah only, without associating partners with Him.

The Story of the Slaughter, Part II

The Story of the Slaughter, Part II When our Master Ibrahim heard the words of his son Isma^il, he kissed him and cried. He told him, “Oh son, you are a great help to me in fulfilling the order of Allah.” When Ibrahim was about to cut Isma^il’s throat with the knife, an angel called Ibrahim and said, “Oh Ibrahim, you have faithfully done what you were ordered to do. Allah has sent you a lamb to sacrifice in a place of your son.” Prophet Ibrahim looked back. He saw Jibril with a lamb that had been grazing in Paradise. Allah said in Suratus-Saffat, Ayah 107, what means, “Allah sent a special lamb to be sacrificed in place of Isma^il.”

The Story of the Slaughter, Part I

The Story of the Slaughter, Part I Prophet Ibrahim received a revelation from Allah, to slaughter his son Isma^il. This was a test to show Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah. Ibrahim told his son, “Let us go and make a sacrifice to Allah.” Ibrahim took a rope and a knife and headed with Ismail towards a mountain. When they reached it, Isma^il said, “Oh Father, where is the sacrifice?” Prophet Ibrahim said, “Oh son, I saw in my dream that I was slaughtering you.” The dreams of the prophets are true. Isma^il said, “Oh Father, do what you were ordered. God willing, you should find me patient. Tie me firmly so I do not move, and keep your clothes away to avoid staining them with my blood. “This way, my mother will not get sad when she sees them. Also, cut my throat...

Prophet Ishaq

Prophet Ishaq Sarah, Prophet Ibrahim’s wife, was barren until the age of ninety. Then Allah enabled her to give birth to a son named Ishaq. Both Isma^il and his younger brother Ishaq later became prophets. They were both pious prophets, who called the people to worship Allah only and not to associate partners with Him. Ishaq lived in Palestine, while Isma^il remained in the land of Hijaz for the rest of his life.

Zam Zam Water

Zam Zam Water After Hajar gave birth to Ismail, Prophet Ibrahim took them to Makkah. At the time, Makkah was uninhabited. Allah revealed to Prophet Ibrahim to leave Hajar and Isma^il there. Ibrahim did as he was ordered. He left a container of water and a container of dates with them. When they drank the water and Hajar could no longer breastfeed Isma^il, he began to cry of thirst. Searching for water, Hajar climbed up the little mount Safa, went back down, and climbed up Marwa. She went back down Marwa and climbed up Safa again. She made this trip between Safa and Marwa a total of seven times. Then, Allah rescued them by making zamzam water spring out from the ground. Zamzam water still flows today. Zamzam water is very beneficial. Muslims use it in seeking...

Prophet Isma^il

Prophet Isma^il Prophet Ibrahim’s wife, Sarah, was barren. She had a slave woman by the name of Hajar. She gave Hajar to our Master Ibrahim. In the rules of the religion, it was lawful for Prophet Ibrahim to have a relationship with Hajar, just like the one with his wife. Hajar gave birth to a son, whom Prophet Ibrahim named Isma^il. In obedience to Allah, Prophet Ibrahim took Hajar and Isma^il to Makkah and left them there, alone. They had a container of water and another of dates. An Arab tribe, by the name of Jurhum, came to Hajar and asked if they could stay in her neighborhood. She gave her approval. Isma^il grew up practicing good manners. He also learned Arabic from Jurhum. Later, he married a woman from that tribe. Prophet Ibrahim returned to Palestine to...

Prophet Ibrahim, Part III

Prophet Ibrahim, Part III After his people disbelieved in him, Prophet Ibrahim migrated. He was patient with the hardships involved. He left his land, ruled by the mighty tyrant Namrud, and headed to the land of ash-Sham. Prophet Ibrahim went to Egypt, then to Palestine. He lived in Palestine until Allah ordered him to go to Makkah. Prophet Ibrahim had a son, whom he named Isma^il. He lived with his mother, Hajar, in Makkah. After Isma^il grew up, he helped helped his father, Prophet Ibrahim, to rebuild the Ka^bah. The Ka^bah had been demolished by the Flood, at the time of Prophet Noah. Allah enabled both Ibrahim and Isma^il to rebuild the Ka^bah. Ismail used to hand his father the stones used to rebuild the Ka^bah. Ibrahim laid down each stone, as he stood on...

Prophet Ibrahim, Part II

Prophet Ibrahim, Part II The people who worshiped idols hated prophet Ibrahim so much they wanted to burn him alive. For many days, they gathered wood, then they started a great fire to burn Prophet Ibrahim. This flaming fire was so great they could not get close enough to throw Prophet Ibrahim. So they hurled him into the fire with a catapult. However, the great fire did not burn prophet Ibrahim or his clothes. This was a miracle for Prophet Ibrahim. Although his people witnessed this miracle, they still did not embraced Islam. Only those whose hearts are guided by Allah will be guided to belief by miracles. After this, the tyrant Namrud left Prophet Ibrahim alone. Prophet Ibrahim migrated to the land of ash-Sham, where he married Lady Sarah, the daughter of...

Prophet Ibrahim

Prophet Ibrahim Prophet Ibrahim was a prophet and a messenger. He received the Revelation from Allah to call the people to worship Allah alone and not associate partners with Him. Prophet Ibrahim was the uncle of Prophet Lut. The people of Ibrahim were worshipping stars, sun, and moon. They had idols representing them. Prophet Ibrahim denounced their religion and never worshipped their idols. Once he smashed their idols, this increased their hatred towards him. It was narrated that Prophet Ibrahim challenged Namrud, the blasphemous ruler of the land, by telling him, “Allah raised the sun from the east. If you are truthful in your claim of Godhood, raise the sun from the west.” Namrud was shocked, and imprisoned Ibrahim for seven years. Namrud also starved two...

The She-Camel of Prophet Salih

The She-Camel of Prophet Salih The people of Prophet Salih asked him for a miracle. They told him, “We want a proof of your truthfulness, so bring a she camel and its offspring out of this rock.” By the Power of Allah, Prophet Salih brought the she camel and its offspring out of a rock. As a result, the people could not oppose Prophet Salih and had to submit to him. Allah tested the people of Salih by specifying the whole day for the she camel to come to water source and another whole day for their animals. Allah also ordered them to not harm the she-camel, a matter that they found difficult. Nine of them conspired and killed the she-camel. Allah said in Surat al-Naml, in Ayah 84, what means, “In the city there was a group of nine who acted mischievously.” The...

Our Master Salih

Our Master Salih Allah sent messenger Salih to the tribe of Thamoud. Salih called them to worship Allah the exalted. Prophet Salih told them to expect reward for their belief, and torture for their disbelief. Some of them believed in him and others did not. Allah destroyed those who did not believe. A great scream from Angel Gabriel tore their hearts inside their chests. All of the people of Thamoud were destroyed except for the believers. The people of Prophet Salih were Arabs. Their land was between Hijaz and Jordan.

Our Master Hud

Our Master Hud Our master Hud was the first Arab prophet. The name of his tribe was ^Ad. He called the people to Islam to worship Allah, and to quit worshipping idols. Some of them believed in him, but most did not. Allah destroyed those who did not believe in him. A wind blew them up in the air and dropped them back on earth with their heads separated from their bodies. All of the people of ^Ad died except for the believers. These believers lived for a long time. Then blasphemy appeared among their offspring.