Bismillah. To our children, we should tell the stories of the sahabah and the Prophets before we tell fairy tales and nursery rhymes. I myself attempted to “wing it” and tell stories of Ibraheem ‘alayhis salaam, my son’s name sake, by memory, but realized that I didn’t know how to size it down to their level. That is because I’m not familiar enough with their stories myself.
The best stories to be told are the stories of the Prophets of Allah (God) because they are the best of creation.
One of the ways in which Allah teaches us in the Qur’an is by relating stories. There are so many stories of the Prophets in the Qur’an – or in some cases, the entire Surah is dedicated to them, as in Surah Yusuf. And Musa’s stories (Moses) – may Allah be pleased with him – span a third of the Qur’an.
Allah says: “We relate to you, [O Muhammad], the best of stories in what We have revealed to you of this Qur’an although you were, before it, among the unaware.” (12:3)
We can learn from this verse that relating the stories of the Prophets is actually a form of worship, as Allah ordered us to relate their stories. Yay for me, because I love to hear stories of the past! 🙂
Another reason it is important to relate their stories – especially to our children – is so that we can have good role models and so that we can love them. When we hear what they endured and the trials they were tested with, it will let us know them better and increase our love for them inshaAllah.
The Prophets are our history. They are where we come from, and they let us know what we have to progress towards. Where we come from is not our country, not our biological ancestry, but who we hold dear and follow. And our fathers are the Prophets of God. We have to strive to be like them and follow in their footsteps to be obedience slaves.
Nabiy = Rasul?
This always confuses me. In halaqaat, books, etc, we often hear nabiy and rasul used interchangably, just as we hear “prophet” and “messenger” used interchangably. So I did some research and discovered what the difference is! 🙂
Remember that nabiy is general and rasul is specific. A nabiy is a messenger; any messenger that Allah sent to be a leader for the people, even if he came without a book. A rasul is a messenger that came with a book, or new law. Moses, Jesus, Abraham and Muhammad (may Allah be pleased with all of them) were all Rasul.
Every rasul is a nabiy, but not every nabiy is a rasul. That is because nabiy are all messengers, but rasul were the ones who came with revelation, or a new law.
‘Imran ibn Hussain said, people from Yemen came to RasulAllah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and said, “We have come to you to learn our religion and ask how all of this started.” RasulAllah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “There was Allah, and nothing before Him and His Throne was on water. And He wrote everything in the tablet, and He created the heavens and the earth.” [Also see Bukhaari, 9/93/514]
The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam also said, ““The first thing Allah created was the pen, then Allah ordered it to write. So it wrote everything that will happen until the day of judgment.” So everything has already been written from before.
“The pens have been lifted, and the pages have dried.”
inshaAllah we will begin the story of Adam and Hawaa` [Eve] ‘alayhis salaam after this