Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Boy and The King

I just finished watching an animated film "The Boy and the King" on, you can scroll down the list of videos to find it.

It is the story of Obaid, a boy who tries to teach his people to worship Allah alone , but is opposed by the powerful and arrogant king Narsis. While Obaid is the apprentice of the evil sorcerer Cinatas, he learns about the oneness of God from a pious monk. His search for truth leads him to accept the Oneness of Allah over the evil sorcerer and the arrogant king who wants all the people to worship him. The boy struggles to teach this truth to others, but the wicked king tries desperately to kill him.

The story is taken from an authentic narration of Prophet Muhammad (salalahu alaihi wa salam) which explains the reference to ‘The People of the Ditch’ (Ashab-ul-Ukhdood’) in Surah Burooj

Allah The Exalted Says:

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

By the heaven, holding the big stars .

And by the Promised Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection);

And by the witnessing day (i.e. Friday), and by the witnessed day [i.e. the day of 'Arafât (Hajj) the ninth of Dhul-Hîjjah];

Cursed were the people of the ditch (the story of the Boy and the King);

Fire supplied (abundantly) with fuel,

When they sat by it (fire),

And they witnessed what they were doing against the believers (i.e. burning them).

They had nothing against them, except that they believed in Allâh, the All-Mighty, Worthy of all Praise!

Who, to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth! And Allâh is Witness over everything.

Verily, those who put into trial the believing men and believing women (by torturing them and burning them), and then do not turn in repentance, (to Allâh), will have the torment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the burning Fire.”

Verily, those who believe and do righteous good deeds, for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise). That is the great success.

[Holy Quran, Suratul Burooj(85): 1-11]


  1. Assalam-alaikam Sister,
    Jazakh'Allah-khairun for this post. I have never heard of before, but had a quick peek and this is just the kind of thing I have been looking for for my kids.

  2. Wa alaikum salaam, you are most welcome Sister Umm Salihah, thanks for visiting my blog :-)