The story of ^Uzayr

^Uzayr, whose story was briefly mentioned in the Qur’an, was a pious Muslim from the descendants of Prophet Israel, also known as Ya^qub. This story shows God’s great Might. The descendants of Prophet Israel, the Israelites, had split into several groups. Some stayed as they were: believing Muslims who adhered strongly to the rules of the religion. The others blasphemed and perverted the religion. This caused great tribulation unto the Muslim nation of the time, which often led to the killing of some honored prophets at the hands of some of the Jews. After their corruption had spread and they had unjustly ruled, and ruthlessly killed two honorable prophets, our masters Zakariya and his son Yahya, Allah inflicted upon them a blasphemous ruler named Bukhtanassar....

Prophet Zakariyya and His Ward Lady Maryam

It was narrated that Lady Maryam’s father, ^Imran, the son of Mathan, was a Muslim scholar from the descendants of Prophet Ya^qub, also known as Prophet Israel. ^Imran married Hannah, the daughter of Faqoudh, and she bore him a daughter, whom they named Isha^. Prophet Zakariya, who was a carpenter and Hannah’s cousin, married Isha^. It is permissible in the rules of Islam for cousins to intermarry. Prophet Zakariya used to worship a great deal even before receiving the Revelation. At that time, there were no prophets in Baytul-Maqdis (Jerusalem). One day, after he had finished praying in the mihrab, a slightly raised section in the front of the mosque, where his grandfather, Prophet Dawud used to pray, Angel Jibril came to Zakariya with a Revelation from Allah,...

Iram with Pillars

It was narrated in the explanation of the holy verse that the city of Iram, built by Shaddad ibn Aad, was situated in Yemen, between Hadhramout and Sanaa. The people of Aad were so huge in size, measuring at least six meters each. Aad had two sons, Shaddad and Shadeed, who ruled after their father, establishing themselves as rulers, unfairly suppressing the country and forcibly oppressing its people. Shadeed soon passed away, however, and Shaddad continued to conquer other countries until he dominated the earth, and all its kings submitted to him. Shaddad was a tyrant, a stubborn idolater who was fascinated with reading old books. Whenever he read about Paradise and what God had prepared for His fearing worshippers, such as the golden and silver palaces and the...

The Story of Qaroun

Qaroun was a cousin of our master Musa, peace be upon him. God gave Qaroun many benefits and so much money that his treasuries overflowed with it, and his boxes were so full with what it contained that even a group of strongmen could not carry the keys of these boxes. Qaroun used to live among his people a luxurious life, dressing extravagantly in elegant clothes. It was his habit to go out with his ornaments. He used to live in palaces and choose for himself servants, and he used to enjoy the worldly pleasures that will certainly come to an end. But Qaroun was not a thankful slave, for instead of obeying God, he was conceited and he treated his people with arrogance, and took pride in the abundance of his benefits that God granted him in money and treasures. He...

The Two Honorable Angels, Haroot and Maroot

Allah, ta^ala, told His Messenger Muhammad, peace be upon him, some of the disgraces of the Jews, the descendants of Prophet Israel. They didn’t believe in either Prophet Muhammad or the Holy Qur’an, which agrees with the original Torah that was descended on our Master Musa, peace be upon him. The original Torah included the call to the belief that Allah, ta^ala, was the only God, and that nothing whatsoever resembles Him. It also ordained the belief that Musa was a Messenger of God and a prophet, and that Islam was a religion and a commandment. One of the disgraces, which were committed by infidels among the descendants of Prophet Israel, happened during the era of our master, Prophet Sulayman. They had rejected the Zabur, the book of God, and followed the...

The Pious Believer and the Ruthless Nonbeliever

Allah revealed in the Holy Qur’an many examples of His wisdom, concerning the nature of our actions and deeds and their consequences. Among these is the story of the two men who were mentioned in Surat al-Kahf. One was a pious believer, and the other was a ruthless nonbeliever. Allah, by His justice, revealed their story so that people would not get carried away with this world and forget the hereafter. Among the children of Prophet Israel, known in English as Jacob, were two brothers: one was Yahoutha, a pious Muslim believer, who loved to do good deeds; the other was Fartous, an idol worshipper, who was stingy and bad-tempered. Upon their father’s death, each took his share of the inheritance and spent it the way he liked best. Yahoutha bought captive slaves...

Our Master Yahya Remains Steadfast to the Truth

When he was older, Prophet Yahya became well known for being knowledgeable. He knew all the subjects in the Torah, and their accompanying details. It was known amongst the people that he was courageous in saying the truth and severe in speaking out against the misguided. He did not fear anyone’s blame, nor any tyrants’ attack. One day, Prophet Yahya learned that Hayroudus—Herod—the king of Palestine and one of the Israelite kings, had fallen in love with Hayroudiya, his stepdaughter. She was beautiful and seductive, and he had decided to marry her, even though this was a sin. Her mother and relatives were encouraging this and helping him. It was mentioned that this king respected Prophet Yahya and treated him well. He used to grant Prophet Yahya private sessions...

The Birth of Prophet Yahya

Prophet Zakariya asked Allah for a child, whom he needed because he was old, and his bones were weak. Also, he feared that there would be less interest in Islam when he died, because his uncles, cousins, and family in general, were careless in the matters of the religion and spread misguidance amongst the Israelites. Thus, he was afraid that they would mismanage matters after him. He supplicated to Allah, saying what means, “Oh Allah, grant me a pious offspring, for You are the One who hears the supplication.” Allah answered his supplication and granted him a son, despite his old age, just as Prophet Ibrahim had a son late in his life. Prophet Zakariya was in charge of slaughtering the animals that were slaughtered for the sake of Allah. He was also in charge of...

Al-Khadir, the Longest Living Person

After Allah saved the Israelites from Pharaoh and his army, and after their affairs were settled, Prophet Musa addressed the Muslims, admonishing them and reminding them of all the endowments Allah granted them over time. He did not overlook a single blessing, and made it clear that Allah had blessed them with these endowments. A man among the Israelites asked, “Oh Prophet of Allah, is there anyone on earth more knowledgeable than you?” Musa replied, “No.” Allah revealed to him that he should have said, “Allah knows best.” Furthermore, Allah also revealed to him that he does not know to whom Allah bestows His knowledge, for a man by the seashore was more knowledgeable than Musa in some matters, and he was the slave of Allah al-Khadir. Here, “more knowledgeable”...

Al-Khadir

According to one narration, al-Khadir is a direct offspring of Adam, peace be upon him. Others have mentioned that he is Balya’ ibn Malkan ibn Falagh ibn ^Abar ibn Shalikh ibn Qaynan ibn Arfakhshadh ibn Sam ibn Nuh, peace be upon him. Hence, according to both narrations, he was born before Prophet Ibrahim, because Ibrahim’s grandfather and Al-Khadir were first cousins. He was called al-Khadir—a word extracted from the Arabic word for green)—because he once sat on an arid piece of land that had no plants, and as a result, it turned leafy, swaying with greenness. He was also known as Abul-^Abbas. Wherever he prayed, the earth around him would turn green, by the Will of Allah, as an endowment from God to him, indicating his high rank in piety. It was narrated that...

Dhul-Qarnayn

Dhul-Qarnayn, may Allah raise his rank, was a great Yemeni king as well as a pious man. Allah gave him many extraordinary matters and his story was mentioned in the Qur’an. His name was as-Sa^b ibn al-Harith, according to some scholars. Others said that his named was as-Sa^b ibn Dhi Mara’id. He was the most famous among the Yemeni kings, called the Tababi^ah, of that era. One of his grandsons recited a poem about him, saying: My grandfather Dhul-Qarnayn was an undefeated Muslim king He traveled from East to West, gathering a reign over all the lands As was granted to him by Allah, the generous Lord           Muslim scholars mentioned that Dhul-Qarnayn’s minister was Prophet al-Khadir, who led his army. Dhul-Qarnayn’s also met with Prophets Ibrahim and Isma^il,...

The People of the Trenches

This story is about a blasphemous king about whom, history tells, that he dug trenches and lit fires in them to torture and kill the Muslims. Among the Muslim followers of Prophet Jesus, the son of Maryam, was a man whose name was Faymyoun, a pious, humble man who worked diligently for the Hereafter and devoted himself to worship. He was among those whose supplication was accepted, and he used to travel between the villages. Every time he became known in one, he would go to another in which he wasn’t known. He would not eat except from that which he earned for himself. He used to work as a builder, and another builder named Saleh met him and embraced Islam. While they were traveling through various villages in the Arabian Peninsula, a group of way-layers captured...

The Story of Saba’

Saba’a Bin Yashjob was an Arab Muslim and generous man, giving people his gifts without being stingy or materialistic. It was narrated that he was also the first to put on a crown. Saba’a wrote a poem in which he gave the good news expecting the coming and revelation of the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, may God grant him peace and protect his nation from what he fears for them. The poem said: A great king will reign after us, a prophet who wouldn’t legitimize the sinful. His name is Ahmad. I hope I will live long enough and I hope to be there one year after his coming and revelation. I would then support him and I would aid him to victory using my full arms and by shooting all kinds of arrows, and whenever his revelation starts be his helper and his aide to...

The Owners of the Garden

Allah states in the Holy Qur’an, in Surat al-Qalam, something about the story of the owners of a great garden, who did not obey God’s orders. Thus, He deprived them of it as a punishment for their evil intentions. We will describe the events behind this story. In Yemen, which was known for its fruitful gardens and fertile land, a pious man lived a good life with his children, near its capital, San^a’, in a territory called Dawran. He had a large piece of land with a wide variety of vegetation, numerous trees and an abundance of fruit. Palm trees, vineyards and foliage made it a joy to look at, for those who visited it for relaxation and enjoyment of its beauty. This pious man, who was a Muslim follower of Prophet ^Isa, was grateful for what God had blessed him...

The Withholding of the Sun for Our Master Yusha^ ibn Nun

Prophet Musa, peace be upon him, died in at-Tih, a barren desert land with no shade or water, where the Israelites were stuck for 40 years, because they did not follow the orders of Prophet Musa. When Musa died, Yusha^ ibn Nun, Prophet Musa’s young companion, became the leader of the Israelites after receiving the Revelation and becoming a prophet. He led them out of at-Tih, and, obeying Allah’s orders, headed toward Jerusalem to invade and conquer the tyrants and blasphemers in it. It is narrated that among the tyrants lived an Israelite scholar, Bal^am, the son of Ba^oura’, a Canaanite whom our master Musa sent to the king of that region, to call him to Islam. The wicked king, however, welcome Bal^am and coaxed him until he convinced him to stay, giving him...

Our Master Sulayman in the Valley of the Ants

Allah, ta^ala, said in the Qur’an, what means, “The army of Sulayman was gathered from jinn, humans, and birds. The front would stop so that the back could catch up, until they reached the ants valley. “An ant said, ‘Oh ants, hurry and enter your houses, so that Sulayman and his army will not destroy you without realizing that.’” “Prophet Sulayman smiled at hearing this.” Our Master Sulayman was a great and honorable prophet, who was given many wonderful endowments and miracles. He would frequently go out to spread Islam and suppress blasphemy, wherever it may be. Prophet Sulayman’s army was made of three species: humans, jinn (who also had the shape of humans) and birds. The jinn and humans would ride on their horses, while the birds would fly above them,...

The Table of Prophet Jesus

Allah sent many prophets to teach and spread Islam, the true religion. Allah supported each of his prophets with many miracles, which served as proof for their truthfulness. Prophet Jesus was among these prophets, and he was supported with many great miracles, among which was the appearance of the Banquet. Prophet Jesus had ordered al-Hawariyyun, the best people who had believe in and followed him, to fast for 30 days. Upon the completion of the 30 days, they were with him in the desert. Usually when Prophet Jesus traveled, thousands of people would follow him. Some of them were his companions, others had a sickness or disease and wanted Prophet Jesus to supplicate to Allah to cure them, and some others followed to mock and belittle him. The Hawariyyun asked...

The Miracles of Prophet Musa While in at-Tih

Allah, ta^ala, said in Surah al-Baqarah, Ayah 57, what means: “And We (Allah) made the pillar of white clouds to give shade over you, and We sent you the ‘Mann’ and the Quails.” The Children of Israel, who were Muslims, entered at-Tih, a place in which they were trapped, and could not get out of for 40 years, as a punishment for not following Prophet Musa’s orders of performing struggle. Prophet Musa was with them in at-Tih, but he was not punished with them; rather, his presence was to carry out the orders of Allah. At-Tih was a barren land with no plants, water or shade. The Children of Israel complained to Prophet Musa about the heat of the sun, and so he made supplication to Allah and was given a great miracle. The white clouds provided shade for them: during...

The Attempt to Burn Our Master Ibrahim

The people of Babylon lived a very good life, enjoying all kinds of riches, but they forgot that all they had were endowments from Allah, the Almighty. They followed what Satan decorated for them—they crafted idols from their own hands and worshipped them. These idols could not do anything of benefit or otherwise. Nimrod was the name of their king, who was deceptive and arrogant. He claimed to be God, and ordered his subjects to worship him alone. Our Master Ibrahim was born into these shocking surroundings. Allah inspired Ibrahim with the proper belief from his early childhood. Ibrahim worshipped only Allah, knowing that Allah did not resemble any of His creation and that Allah is the Creator of the entire universe and all of its entities. When Ibrahim received...

The Detailed Signs of Our Master Musa

          The Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and his people, did not distinguish between miracles and magic. They alleged that all the miracles that Prophet Musa came with, such as the staff turning into a huge snake, were merely magic acts.           They said, “Whatever sign that you come with from your Lord, we regard as magic, and we will never believe in it at all.” Prophet Musa, known in English as Moses, was a very well-built, stable, and righteous man. He did not give up on calling people to Islam. He was answered when he asked Allah to punish the non-believers. Allah sent the flood to the non-believers, the Copts, who were the followers of the pharaoh. The flooding continued, day and night, from one Saturday to the next. During this time, not a man from...

Locusts of Gold for Prophet Ayyub

Prophet Ayyub, known in English as Job, was one of the richest prophets before afflictions fell upon him. Eventually these afflictions were lifted from him. Prophet Ayyub lived in al-Bathaniyyah, a Hawran village in the Sham area, between Damascus and Adhraat in Jordan. God had blessed him with wide estates, fertile land, good health, money, and plenty of children. Ayyub was thankful to God, sympathetic toward others, kind and merciful to the needy, supportive of the orphans and widows, hospitable to his guests and helpful to those in need. However, great hardships befell Ayyub, the Prophet of Allah. God tested him to increase his reward. Our Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, said what means, “Those who undergo the toughest hardships are the...

The Consecutive Miracles of Prophet Jesus

Allah inspired Prophet Jesus to spread the word of Islam at the age of thirty. So he roamed the land, preaching Islam, saying to people, “Worship Allah only with no other, and believe that I am His Messenger to you.” The first to believe in him were twelve people named al-Hawariyyun. It was narrated that one of Jesus’s earlier miracles was the time when his mother, Lady Maryam, charged him with different kinds of work, the last of which was for a group of dyers, who bleached material and colored it. One day, Prophet Jesus’s employer wanted to travel, so he said to him, “I have taught you how to dye and I have many cloths that need dying. So dye each one in the color that I have specified for you. I have put a thread of the required color on each of them.”...

Prophet Ibrahim Witness the Revival of Dead Birds

Allah supported Prophet Ibrahim, al-Khalil, with outstanding miracles that stood as brilliant proof of his Prophethood. Reviving the birds that were dead on his hand, by the Will of Allah, is among those miracles. Our Master Ibrahim was never doubtful of Allah, ta^ala. Rather, he was granted guidance and faith in God, since childhood. When he received the Revelation and was sent as a Messenger to teach the people of Islam, he went to an-Nimrud, the king of the land. That king was a disbeliever who denied the existence of Allah, subhanahu wa ta^ala. Prophet Ibrahim said as he was debating him, “My God is the One Who gives life and takes it away.” An-Nimrud said, “I give life and take it away,” and so he discharged an imprisoned man who was sentenced to death,...

The Wind that was at Prophet Solomon’s Disposal

Allah sent the prophets with Islam, and among these prophets was Prophet Solomon, may peace be upon him. Allah bestowed upon him prophethood and a vast kingdom over which to rule. Allah granted Prophet Solomon may endowments and blessings, among which was that the jinn obeyed him, copper melted at his command, and he understood the chirping of the birds. Allah also endowed a special wind to him that would carry him to wherever he wished, while he rode on a special carpet. It was mentioned that the jinn were under the control of Prophet Solomon, and worked for him. Among what they made for him was a wide, carpet-like wooden platform covered by gold and silk that would fit all what he needed. This carpet was big enough to carry buildings, castles, tents, supplies,...

The Staff of Musa

Allah, the Glorified, supported the honorable prophets with astonishing and magnificent miracles, among which is the wondrous staff of our Master Musa, peace be upon him. Allah, the Exalted, told about Musa, peace be upon him, in Surah Taha, Ayah 18, what means, “He said: ‘This is my staff. I lean on it, I beat the leaves with it to make them fall upon my sheep, and I use it for other purposes.” Among the reports about this marvelous staff is that it turned into a real serpent, between the hands of our Master Musa, peace be upon him. The serpent moved, by Allah’s Will, and swallowed the ropes of Pharaoh’s sorcerers, which people believed were snakes. It was said that our Master Adam, peace be upon him, descended from Paradise with the same staff, and it remained...

The Story of Prophet Salih’s Camel

At the time of Prophet Salih, peace be upon him, there was a female camel who would go to the top of the mountains, with her calf following behind her. The branches of the trees that she passed by would bend close to her, and she would eat the nicest of its leaves. Then she would go to the valley and graze there. At nightfall, she would enter the city, passing by every house, calling out to people in a clear Arabic tongue, saying, “Those of you wanting milk, let them come out.” People would come out from their homes, place containers under her udders and they would fill with milk, by the Will of Allah. When they had taken enough milk, the camel would return to the place where Prophet Salih used to pray and she would say there, saying, “Subhan Allah,” which means...

“Oh Provider of Succor to the Seekers of Succor, Do Succor Me”

Once upon a time, there was a merchant who was rushing to the market to buy whatever he could, so that he could trade with it. He had been waiting a long time to gather these 400 dinars, which was all the money he owned. It was a cold, cloudy day that foreshadowed rain. The merchant went through the market several times, but could not find what he was looking for. The money he had was not much, and he wanted to buy many things. Finally he found a group of jay birds for sale. The jay is a bird the size of a pigeon. It is brown with a black tail and striped wings. It repeats words and can talk even more than a parrot. The merchant took his birds and returned home. He had barely reached the house when a cold wind began to blow and strong rain began to pour. All the...

One Dirham Stops a Fight

There was once a good man, who just sold the clothes he had woven. He went to buy flour so he and his wife would have something to eat that night. On his way, he heard an argument and saw two men fighting. They were about to start punching each other. When he asked them the reason they were fighting, they said it was for one dirham, a type of currency used at that time. The good man gave them the only dirham he had, wanting to do well and avoid a fight. When the good man returned home to his wife, he told her what happened. She did not feel sorry for herself, nor did she blame him for what he did; rather, she was kindhearted like her husband. She gathered some of the things they had in the house and gave them to him, so that he could sell them at the marketplace....

One Bite for Another

Once upon a time, there was a woman who had an only son, named Ahmad, who traveled, looking for work. Naturally, he was gone for long periods of time. His mother patiently waited for him for many years. She would gaze out the window, looking at the road in front of her house, hoping to see her son coming home. At night, she made du^a’ to Allah, that she be reunited with her son. One day, when Ahmad’s mother was about to eat her meal, a poor, hungry person came to her, asking her for food. She gave him what she had, and she remained hungry, but patient, for the rest of that day. A few days had passed, and Ahmad returned. On his travels, he had faced many difficulties. Some bandits had tried to harm him, but he had been able to escape them. He had also come close...

The Consequence of Betrayal

Evening had come, and all the shops had closed. One a lone merchant remained. He had sold all his goods, but since he was a stranger, to the town, he did not know where to go. He was afraid someone along his path would rob or hurt him. Then he saw a man standing by a house, and asked him if he could spend the night. The man allowed him. The owner of the house, and his son, who was a young man, offered the merchant food. They sat, chatting and eating. When the owner of the house found out that the merchant had a lot of money with him, he decided to kill him for it. He thought about how he could do that, and then waited until it was time to sleep. The owner’s son had his own room with a mattress, so the father prepared another mattress next to his son’s for the...

The Merchant, the Snake, and the Weasel

A caravan of merchants were heading out towards al-Basra, in southern Iraq. During their travels, they passed a wooded area that had many rivers and swamps. The weather was very hot at the time, so they decided to rest for a bit in the shade. One of the merchants headed towards a group of sticks that formed a small teepee. He went into the teepee to escape the sun. There was a nice, cool breeze inside, and the merchant got sleepy and took a nap. The other merchants did not notice their missing friend, and so they left him and continued on their way. A few hours later, the merchant woke up. He thought that his caravan was still resting in the area. When he tried to leave the teepee, he found himself face to face with a huge snake that had placed itself right at...

The Escape of the Nursing Baby

Once upon a time, in Azerbaijan, near Iran, there was a fast flowing river. Many rocks were at the bottom of the river and some could be seen through the water. There was a small bridge over the river that people used to cross to the other side. One day, a woman, carrying a baby in her arms, walked across the bridge. But a cat came from the opposite side and forced her to the edge. The baby fell from her hands, into the river. The woman started yelling and screaming. There was a low tide that day, so the baby did not drown immediately. Instead, he floated on the surface of the water between the two rocks. The spot where the baby landed had a lot of eagles. The eagles were constantly circling the air above the river because their nests were in the mountains...

The Lady Bug

The creatures of Allah are so numerous. The wisdom behind the creation of some things is known to us, while the wisdom behind the creation of others is kept hidden from us. Our story today points to the perfection of Allah’s Power. It fortifies our belief that Allah created everything for a reason. He has all the encompassing Knowledge and perfect Wisdom, and He has Power over everything. Once, a rich man was walking down a pathway, when he noticed a red beetle. He wanted to know the wisdom behind this red beetle. He said, “Subhan Allah. Allah is clear of all imperfection. This insect is very small and very awful, with an awful smell. I wonder how one can benefit from it.” After a period of time, Allah inflicted this man with a skin disease that stayed with him...

A Cloud of Goodness

          Once, there was a kind man who lived by his garden, pruning it and taking care of it. He would spend many long days and nights working, plowing, planting, and watering it. He inherited this love for gardening from his father, who, like him, used to take care of the garden and always thank Allah for it. Not too far from the garden, a trader was traveling in an empty land, on his way to a distant country. As the trader was traveling, he saw a cloud passing over him, very close to the ground. The trader then heard the voice of an honorable angel, ordering the cloud to rain on the land of a specific man, whose name was mentioned. The traveling trader wanted to meet the man whose name he heard. So he followed the cloud until the cloud rained on a certain...

The Pharaoh’s Daughter’s Hairdresser

The evil Pharaoh lived in a big palace and was surrounded by servants and maids, who fulfilled his every wish. Not only was Pharaoh very unjust to and severely harmful to the Muslims who followed Prophet Moses, but he also claimed to be God, and many people committed blasphemy by worshipping him. In the Pharaoh’s place, there resided a Muslim woman who hid the fact she was a Muslim. She was in charge of combing and fixing the Pharaoh’s daughter’s hair. One day, while the hairdresser was combing and fixing the Pharaoh’s daughter’s hair, she dropped the comb. She said, “Bismillah”—which means, “in the name of Allah”—as she bent to pick it up. The daughter thought this unusual, and asked her hairdresser, “Do you have a Lord other than my father?” meaning the...

The Minister Defeats the Plot

Once upon a time, a Sultan had a faithful and wise minister. Many people envied this minster, because he would not compromise when faced with wrong things. So the envious people came up with an evil plan to get rid of the minister, telling the Sultan that the minister wanted to kill him and was planning to overthrow his government. They told the Sultan all sorts of lies. The Sultan believed the people and ordered the minister be killed. The minister was put in jail to await his execution date. The Sultan had ten wild dogs, whenever he wanted to kill someone, he would tie the man up, then throw him to the dogs, which would rip him apart. On the set day, when the Sultan ordered the minister to be thrown to the dogs, the ministers said to the Sultan, “I ask you to...

Boys and Girls

Once upon a time, there was an Arab prince called Abu Hamzah, who married a young lady from another tribe. He and his wife lived together in luxury and comfort. Abu Hamzah was very excited and happy when his wife became pregnant. He wanted to have a son whom he would also name Hamzah. He wanted to raise a son to be a brave and skilled knight, just like himself. Being a knight was a common and praiseworthy thing in Abu Hamzah’s tribe. The prince waited patiently for his child to be born. When the day came for his wife to deliver, his dreams were crushed: his wife gave birth to a beautiful girl. The prince hid his disappointment, but stayed up all night, wondering how he would face the people of the tribe who mostly had boys, who later became knights. When day...

The King’s Donkey

Once upon a time, there was a kingdom which was ruled by an unjust king, who would often do strange, mysterious things. His palace was on top of a hill, overlooking all of his subjects. Of the many strange things he did, this is one of the strangest. It is an event that people talked and wondered about for many years. This unjust king had a donkey that he was very fond of, raising it since it was very little and not letting any of his servants harm or even go near it. The donkey liked to wander around the palace, going in and out of room as he pleased. Even if the king had guests, the donkey would enter the room and bray, which would make the king even happier. The king had some deceiving advisors, who would say what they did not truly believe. One day, they...

Uncle Mas^ud’s Hawk

One day, Uncle Mas^ud went out hunting in the desert. He took with him his hawk, who was trained for hunting. That day, however, Uncle Mas^ud and his hawk did not catch anything, and they were very tired. The sun was very hot, and they were very thirsty, but they had already drunk all the water they had. While Uncle Mas^ud was suffering from thirst, he suddenly saw water dripping down from a rocky cliff. This made him happy and he said, “There must be some rain water gathered on this cliff, and some of it is dripping down.” Uncle Mas^ud cupped his hands so he could catch the falling drops. Meanwhile, the hawk flew over the cliff. While Uncle Mas^ud raised his hands to drink the water, the hawk quickly flew down and hit his hands, then flew off. All the water fell...

The Idol Worshippers are Disgraced

In the year 416 AH, in the month of Dhul Qa^dah, Sultan Mahmud ibn Subuktikin invaded modern-day India and entered the city of Sumanah. It was a big city, but its inhabitants worshipped the idols and associated partners with Allah, ta^ala; we seek refuge from that. They had a grand temple with a huge dome, within which there was a large idol, suspended in midair. This was a mystery to both Muslims and blasphemers in the area. When the Sultan and his army entered the city and went into the temple, they saw the idol, and wondered how it was held in place. One of them suggested that perhaps it was tied with hidden ropes. The Sultan ordered someone to climb near to where the idol was hanging and strike the area around the idol with a spear. A man did this, and it did...

The Fatal Barley

Once upon a time, a reigning king learnt that an enormous army was heading toward his kingdom to attack and invade it. They were well-equipped with elephants, cannons, and other necessary and powerful weapons. The king gathered his ministers and leaders of his army and asked them to devise a plan to get rid of the enemy, because he knew that they could not win the battle, as his army was very small. The king’s son proposed a very smart plan that would crush and defeat the enemy. After listening to his son, the king boiled some barely and put some oleander in the water. Oleander is a plant whose flowers look like roses. If an animal ingests it, then it will die, because oleander is poisonous. The king wanted to test his son’s plan. He dried the barley which had...

The Trustworthy Merchant

Uncle Amin was a trustworthy merchant, who was very famous for his honesty and truthfulness. Eventually, he became the richest merchant in the market. Next to Amin’s shop was another belonging to Ghazwan, a cheater who was envious of his neighbors, especially Amin. One day, a caravan of Bedouins, selling pearls and jewelry, arrived in the market. Amin bought from them an expensive necklace that had 30 gems and 30 precious rubies on it, paying 150 dinars for it. Ghazwan was nearby, observing the necklace. He saw Amin put the necklace in his wooden safe. Later, Ghazwan went to the judge. He said, “Honorable Judge, I bought an expensive necklace from the Bedouins.” He went on to describe the necklace to the judge, along with what kind of stones it had on it. He...

The Amazing Camel

One day, a merchant traveled along the desert, on his camel that was laden with merchandise. After traveling for a long time, the merchant became very tired. When he saw two palm trees providing shade, he went under them to take a rest. He tied his camel to one of the trees and settled in to take a little name. Sometime later, the merchant awoke to find that his camel had managed to free itself from the rope and was now wandering in the desert. He searched for the camel behind the sand dunes in the area, but could not find it. So he sat down to think and was very worried. Then a man passed by and said, “Did you lose a limping camel who cannot see from one eye?” The merchant answered excitedly, “Yes.” Then the stranger asked, “Was he carrying honey on one side and...

^Umayr ibn Wahb Embracing Islam Due To the Miracle of the Prophet

The Muslims returned to the enlightened Madinah after securing a victory in the Battle of Badr. The blasphemers, on the other hand, returned to the honorable Makkah, defeated and shamed. Among the blasphemers were two men: ^Umayr ibn Wahb and Safwan ibn Ummayah. Defeat lit a spark of hatred in their hearts, and together they planned to kill the Prophet. They sat near the Ka^bah and Safan said to ^Umayr, Go to al-Madinah and kill Muhammad. I will take care of any debts you owe, and look after your children.” ^Umayr sharpened his sword and dipped it in poison. He then headed toward the enlightened Madinah to meet the Prophet. ^Umar ibn al-Khattab knew ^Umayr and wanted to stop him from meeting the Prophet, but the Prophet peace be upon him, ordered ^Umayr to be...

The Fall of the Rain by the Supplication of the Prophet

It had been a long while since the last rainfall. The land was parched and many tribes could not take their animals to graze, since the pastures had dried and they had no water. This was a great hardship for them, so one among them went to the Prophet, peace be upon him, in al-Madinah, to ask the Prophet to ask Allah to lift this burden. When the Bedouin reached al-Madinah, the Prophet was on his mimbar, an elevated platform from which the Friday Speech is given, preparing to give the Friday Speech. Before the Prophet began, the Bedouin addressed him, saying, “Oh Prophet of Allah, the situation is tough and the children are hungry, so please make supplication for us.” The Prophet lifted his hands toward the sky, which was clear and empty of any clouds, and he...

The Rescuing Rabbit

All the animals lived happily in the Flower Forest. They ate from the plants and drank from the water therein. They had fun playing in the shade of the trees and in between the flowers. A white rabbit named Snow was among the animals that lived and loved Flower Forest. He would always help others and was nice to animals smaller than him. Before long, a fierce lion ruined the safety of Flower Forest, and began attacking the animals, because he wanted to destroy them. They all ran away to a higher place in the forest, and had a meeting there. When the meeting was over, the ostrich said to the lion in a loud voice, “Oh lion, we agreed to send you one of us every day so that you can eat him. “This way you won’t have to go through the trouble of finding animals to...

The Pigeons and the Flying Net

A flock of pigeons flew high over the green valley. They were enjoying the beautiful view of the vast forest, which extended over a large area of land. The pigeons surrounded the eldest white pigeon. They were happy to be with her, and it was clear that they loved her very much. As the flock traveled from place to place, they eventually got hungry. They looked left and right to find food, and one of them called out to the rest and said, “I see some wheat seeds gleaming on the ground, right next to the river.” The eldest gave the order, and all the pigeons landed on the ground and started eating the delicious wheat. Under the pigeons, a hunter had hidden a net, placing some soil and plants on top of it, as well as the wheat. As soon as he saw the pigeons busy...

The Three Fish

It is said that there was a stream in which water flowed strongly and poured into a large river. In this stream lived three fish. They were all different. The first fish was named Marjanah; it was very active and loveable. It struggled, worked and played. As for the second fish, it was less active; it used to exercise its strength to get out of trouble. It was named Breezy, because it was like a breeze that passed by quickly. The third fish was the least active. It used to swim so slowly. That is why it called itself Lazy. One day, two fishermen came to the stream. When they looked around, they found that the stream had fish. Before they went away, they agreed to come back later with their fishing gear. The three fish saw them, so Marjanah got scared and sensed...

The Herbalist Pays Back His Debts by the Blessings of the Prophet

Once upon a time, a herbalist was living in al-Karekh, a town near Baghdad. He owed a lot of people money, but did not have enough to repay them. The lenders were asking for their money and he did not know what to do. So he closed his store and stayed at home, making du^a’ and asking Allah by the virtue of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to ease his hardships. One night, as he was sleeping, he saw Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in his dream. The herbalist told the Prophet about his situation and his sufferings. The Prophet told him to go to the Minister ^Aliyy ibn ^Isa, because he had ordered the minister to pay 400 dinars to the herbalist. When the morning came, the herbalist went happily to the minister, who was like the ruler of the town. At the...

Greed and the Three Loaves of Bread

Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him, was an honorable prophet. At his time, the people wanted to accompany him because of the blessings, and to take advantage of the goodness he had. One day, Prophet Jesus was walking with a man, and they reached a riverbank. They sat to eat some bread, as they had three loaves of bread with them. They ate two, and one loaf was left. Prophet Jesus got up to drink water, and when he returned, he found the third and last loaf of bread missing. Prophet Jesus asked the man who was with him about the loaf; the man said he did not know anything about it. So they set out walking again, reaching the edge of the forest. They saw a deer with her two baby fawns. Prophet Jesus pointed to one of the fawns and it came running towards him. He...