Stories of the Quran for Youth
by Shaykh Hamid Ahmad Tahir
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All praise is due only to Allaah. We laud Him and beseech His aid and beg forgiveness only from Him and believe in Him and rely solely on Him. We seek salvation in Him from the evils of our inner selves and the vices of our actions. There is none to misguide one whom Allaah intends to guide. I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allaah, the One who has no partner. I also testify that Hadhrat Muhammad p is the faithful servant and the Last Rasul of Allaah. May Allaah Ta’ala’s mercy be on him, his family and his Sahabaah x and may He bless them and raise their status.
Allaah Jalla Majdahu reminds us of the bounties of hearing, seeing and heart for understanding in four places in the Quraan Majeed.
The relative Aayaats are: –
1.) Aayaat No. 78 in Surah Nahl (16)
“Allaah removed you from the wombs of your mothers when you knew nothing (as little babies), and (among the many other faculties, He) blessed you with ears, eyes and hearts so that you may be grateful (to Him and fulfil all His commands).
2.) Aayaat No. 78 in Surah Al Mu’minoon (23)
“Allaah is the One Who created your ears, eyes and hearts. Seldom is it that
you show gratitude (for these and millions of other favours that He has given you).”
3.) Aayaat No. 9 in Surah Sajdah (32)
“He then perfected (shaped) him (man’s features in the womb), blew His spirit (the soul
which He created) in him, and granted you ears, eyes and hearts. Little is the
gratitude you show (for all these great favours which none other can give).
4.) Aayaat No. 23 in Surah Mulk (67)
“Say, ‘It is Allaah Who created you and gave you ears, eyes and hearts (and
every other faculty for which you cannot ever repay Him). (However,) Little is the gratitude
that you show.” (Besides failing to express verbal gratitude, many people even fail to use the favours of Allaah in a manner that pleases Him.)
Translations taken from our “Quraan Made Easy.”
Basically Allaah Ta’aala is reminding us that He has blessed us with hearing, seeing, understanding and knowledge whilst we knew nothing at birth, so make His ibaadat in gratitude. Whilst seldom gratefulness is shown by the rejectors of Allaah’s Nabi p and the Quraan. Also elucidating that a child is born with all the capabilities which progress and develop gradually.
Man should express gratitude in word and deed. The faculty of hearing is mentioned before seeing for man learns more by hearing than seeing. The heart is the centre of man’s thoughts, perceptions, sentiments and knowledge. If the heart is sound the perception gleaned from the senses will also be sound. (Above from Anwaar ul Bayaan)
To simplify, man learns from the five senses, thus, hear and learn, look and learn, touch and learn, smell and learn. All this information is sent to the brain for storage via ratification, assessment and comprehension of the heart.
However, understand that one is “Malumaat” and the other “Ilm”. Many confuse both by interplacing. “Malumaat” is information like the size, shape, colour, number of decks on Hadhrat Nuh u’s ark, but “Ilm” is the knowledge as to why Ambiyaa 1) are sent, why was the ark constructed in the barren desert, where no water in abundance existed, the purpose of life, the result of acceptance or rejection of the call of the Ambiyaa 1).
Nevertheless, the child is most receptive and has active retentive facilities. It is our responsibility to provide the correct, material to be read, seen and heard, thus “Stories of the Quraan for Youth.” So that one can easily, by way of hearing, a valid Shari replacement feed the ears of our children, to develop their spirituality properly.
By reading and listening to the Stories of the pious, adequate motivation is provided to stir the character and personality of the children in an Islaamic direction.
The font size has been lessened because it is the adults who are to do the reading and no doubt may benefit more than the children.
Read, discuss, deliberate, question and revise by interactive conversation.
May Allaah Ta’ala grant us all the ability to benefit from this series.
A. H. Elias (Mufti)
Qabll and Habll
Adam x> made an error against his Rabb and ate from the tree which Allah had forbidden him from in Jannah. He and Dawa were sent to the earth, as she had also eaten from that tree.
The Devil laughed at them because his plan against them had worked. He was also thrown out of Jannah and the three of them were sent to earth.
Adam X) and □ awa felt regret at not listening to Allah I. The Devil however was happy that he led Adam x> and □ awa astray. Adam 1) knew at that moment that the Devil was his enemy and the enemy of all his descendants amongst the humans.
Adam X) came down to earth on a mountain in the land of India.
Dawa came down on a mountain in the land of al-Dijaz. None of them knew how to get to the other. There was nobody on earth besides the two of them.
Adam v cried and repented to his Rabb. Dawa did the same. Allah accepted their repentance. He promised them that they would be able to return to Jannah.
Each of them remained alone on the face of this wide earth. Adam 1) started looking but did not find anyone. He shouted but did not hear any voice besides his own. He remembered the time he was in Jannah and the angels would circle the Throne of Allah declaring His TasbTD [SubDanallah or SubbuD] and Taqdls [Quddus]. Adam 1) then said, “O My Rabb! I alone declare Your TasbTD on earth. Is there none else who says Your TasbTD ?”
Allah I promised him that there would be from amongst his children those who would recite His TasbTD and praises. They would build Masajid for Dalah and the remembrance of Allah. One of these Masajid would be the House of AllaD. This was a delightful change for Adam v. He was overjoyed that AllaD accepted his repentance. Nevertheless, life is completely difficult and his difficulties had only started.
In Jannah, Adam x> and Dawa had not known hunger and thirst. Now on earth hunger and thirst fill people’s stomachs.
Adam v and Dawa felt pains in their stomachs. Adam could not walk. He could not even sleep. His head was spinning and his eyes could not see well.
by Shaykh Hamid Ahmad Tahir