When I recently read this book, I found it full of beautiful stories the boys would love hearing. And they need to hear them too.
I decided to make some very brief story cards they could pick from at bedtime, Insha’Allah. I haven’t actually made any cards yet, maybe because writing down the stories makes me remember them Alhamdulillah, but I still think it would be a nice tool. This is the first. Ideally I would wait until I can print off 2 together and print them 2 per page Insha’Allah.
Here is the text:
This is the story of how the Prophet Muhammad was born. Because he was so important, some very special things happened around the time of his birth. As we know, he was born in the city of Makkah, in the famous year of the elephant. His mother was Aaminah bint Wahb. His father, ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abdul Muttalib, had already died. Someone came to Aaminah and said: “You are going to give birth to the master of this nation. Place him under the protection of Allah. The sign of his birth will be a light so strong that it will fill the palaces of Busrah, in the far away land of Shaam. When he is born, name him “Muhammad”, because he is called Ahmad in the old scriptures from Allah, and Muhammad in the Qur’an (Muhammad and Ahmad are almost the same name). And “Muhammad” means the he is praised by those who are in the heavens and by those who are in the earth.” When Aaminah was pregnant with him, she had a vision of the light in those far away palaces, but when he was born, she could actually see it. In the night of his birth, a special star rose in the sky. The Jews of Madinah knew what that meant, and they assembled their people and said: “The star of Ahmad, who was born tonight, has risen!”
Rephrased from “The Valley Came Alive” (from al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah) by Ibn Katheer