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...