Habil and Qabil

Adam had two sons
called Habil and Qabil.
Adam thought that
Habil, the younger son,
should take over after him.
But Qabil didn't like this
idea and was very
jealous.

To settle the argument
Adam thought of an idea.
He told his sons to think
of a present to give to
Allah and to leave it
on top of a certain hill.

The one whose
present Allah accepted,
would win the
argument.

Allah chose Habil's
present because Habil
had taken a lot
of time and trouble
to choose his present.

Qabil was very upset and
angry. He was so angry
that he killed his
own brother. Afterwards,
when he realised what
he had done, he cried
and cried but it was
too late to be sorry.

Prophet Nuh (a)

After many years Adam
had grandchildren and even
great grandchildren.
There were now lots of
people on earth.
Many of them obeyed Allah
but some were not so good
and did just what they
wanted to do all the time.
This made Allah very unhappy.

Allah chose Nuh,
a good man, to tell the
people that what they
were doing was wrong.
But they wouldn't listen
to him and carried on
doing bad things.

Allah decided that
all the naughty people
should be punished.
He told Nuh to build
a big ark near
his house.

Nuh quickly got busy
choosing good wood and
building it up into a
fine ark.
A lot of people laughed
at him but he did not
take any notice of them,
because Allah had told
him what to do.

When he had finished,
he put lots of food
into the ark and collected
the good people together.
They also took lots of
animals with them
into the ark, two
of every kind.

One day, all of a sudden,
the sky went very dark
and it started to rain.
Lightly at first, then
more and more heavily. Soon
there was water everywhere.
The bad people were not
laughing any more. They
were frightened because
they had no shelter
from the water.

Only the good people
in the ark were
safe and dry.