Kids stories – Arabian Nights – Aladdin And The Lamp
Tale to command
The next morning, before the day broke,
Dinarzade: “Dear sister, if you are not asleep, do you tell us about the pleasant Tales of Aladdin and Magic Lamp.”
Scheherazade: As Aladdin sat on the stairs in utter misery and wept about his predicament, he began to rub his hands together. All at once, there was some smoke and an enormous Genie appeared before him.
Ring‐Genie: “I’m at your service, master! Ask me whatever you want, I am the slave of whoever wears my master’s ring.”
Aladdin: “Oh Slave of the Ring, I want you to carry me to the surface of the earth.” As soon as he finished his words, the earth opened up and he found himself out of the cave from where he entered the cave. Aladdin arose and ran towards the city.
Aladdin: “Mother, Mother, I want you to know something, that the evil man is trying to take my life. He cannot be my uncle. His only wish was to use me so that he could get what he wanted. His fondness for me was the jeweller’s only pretension.”
Al’s Mother: “Truly, that man is a dangerous criminal. How foolish am I to think of him like you?
Aladdin: “Mother, please fetch me the lamp I brought with me. I’ll go and sell it and buy some food with the money”
So Aladdin’s mother fetched the lamp for her son. But she saw that lamp was exceedingly dirty
Al’s Mother: “My Son, here’s the lamp but it is dirty. I think that it will sell for more if we wash it and polish it.”
Then she began to rub the lamp with it. However, all of a sudden a gigantic Genie appeared.
Lamp Genie: “Tell me what you want, mistress, I am your slave and to anyone who holds the lamp.”
Aladdin’s mother fell to the ground in a faint. Aladdin heard the slave talking to his mother and rushed over.
Lamp Genie: “Ask my Lord, Whatever you want?”
Aladdin: “Oh, Slave of the lamp, I am hungry and I want you to fetch me something for me to eat. And let that something be delicious.”
The Genie served twelve golden platters of different kinds of meat, delicious dainties, bread whiter than snow. After setting all these things before Aladdin.
Lamp Genie: “Here is what you decided. If you want something else, just tell me.”
Aladdin: “I don’t need anything else right now. But if I do, I will summon you. Now you can go.”
Aladdin: “Get up, Mother, and let us eat this food”
Al’s Mother: “Throw away the lamp and the ring! they can only cause us a great deal of
Aladdin: “No mother, it’s impossible for me to throw away the lamp or the ring. But I will hide the lamp from your sight and you’ll never have to see that Genie again.”
Al’s Mother: “Do as your wish, my son.”
Aladdin and his mother continued eating the food that Genie had brought them. Then Aladdin took one of the platters to sell it.
Goldsmith: “My boy, if you indeed have something to sell to me, all you have to do to show it, I’ll
pay you a good price”
Goldsmith: “My son, this platter is pure gold, and it’s worth seventy dinars. If you agree to this
price, you may have the money.”
Aladdin accepted the money generously and that day on he would bring the platters to the
goldsmith and so he and his mother were soon in better circumstances. After few years, Aladdin became known and loved by most of the folk in the bazaar. One day, after rising at dawn and heading for the jeweller’s bazaar. He heard that “The Lady Badar al Budur”, the sultan’s daughter was visiting the bazaar. When the sultan’s daughter had made the rounds of the city, she raised her veil and her face glittered like a bright sun.
Aladdin caught glimpses of her and fell in love with her. When he returned home.
Al’s Mother: “My son what’s happened to you?”
Aladdin: “Mother, I can’t rest until I’ve won the heart of my darling, the beautiful Lady Badar al‐Budur. I’m determined to seek her hand.”
Al’s Mother: “Don’t talk this way! Somebody might hear you and declare you insane.”
Aladdin: “I’m quite aware that I’m the child of poor parents. Despite all this, I’m not going to let
myself be discouraged. I shall die if I can’t win the heart of my darling.”
Al’s Mother: “Now, tell me, my son, if and only if I ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage what can we offer that suits his exalted position.”
Aladdin: “Mother, since you brought up the subject of a gift, I can offer the king something that no other monarch in the world has ever seen. I know for sure how priceless our gems are. Now please bring me the bowl so that I can put some of them in there and splendidly arrange them.”
Aladdin: “You see how magnificent this present is for the sultan? Now you have no excuse, so
please take this bowl and put my request to the Sultan. Don’t worry yourself, Mother. Remember, I have the lamp that provides me with the right answers.”
The next Day, Aladdin’s Mother took the bowl full of jewels to the palace, which she wrapped up in a fine kerchief.
Sultan: “Bring that woman to me, so that I can find out what she wants and grant her request.”
Sultan: “Woman, tell me now if there is a request that you want of Mel.”
Al’s Mother: “Truly, my lord, there is something I would like to request, but before I do this, I would like you to grant me your protection, because your highness may find my petition highly
Sultan: “Tell me your request, for you are under the protection of Almighty.”
Al’s Mother: “Great King, I have a son named Aladdin, one day he had a glimpse of the Lady
Badar al‐Badura, the sultan’s daughter. Ever since the time he looked at her, he has demanded that I go and ask permission from your highness for him to wed your daughter.
Therefore, I hope your highness will be merciful, I beg you not to punish us.”
After she said, Everyone at the palace started laughing at her.
Sultan: “Tell me, what is that you’ve been carrying in your mantilla?”She immediately opened the mantilla and set the bowl of jewels before him.
Sultan: “Never in my life have I seen anything as beautiful as these jewels! I don’t think that I have a single one in my treasury like these. Whoever makes a present like this to me deserves to become the bridegroom of my daughter. As far as I can see, nobody is more worthy than this man.”
Sultan: “I want you to go and tell your son that I am a man of my word, but he can have my daughter only on the condition that he has to get me forty platters of pure gold, all brimful with
gems with as many as male and female servants. if your son can provide this, then I’ll marry him
to my daughter.”
Aladdin’s mother departed with a shock.
Aladdin: “Tell me what happened.”
Al’s Mother: “The sultan received me with all due honour, and had marvelled at the extraordinary size of the jewels. But the Sultan replied with a list of demands. He expects you to give him a reply right away.”
Aladdin: “Mother calm down. This sultan has demanded such an extraordinary gift that he can
deter me from marrying his daughter. The fact is that he’s demanded much less than I had expected. Do me a favour and go out to purchase the food for dinner.”
Aladdin took the lamp and rubbed it. Immediately the slave appeared
Lamp Genie: “Ask, my lord whatever you want.”
Aladdin: “I’ve asked permission from the sultan to marry his daughter and he has demanded
forty platters of the purest gold and all to be filled with gems that come from the garden in the
underground cave. They are to be carried on the heads of forty Male and Female Servants. I
want you to bring them to me at once.”
Lamp Genie: “As you request, my lord”
When Aladdin’s mother returned home, and when she entered the house. she saw the servants
Al’s Mother: “All this has come from that marvellous lamp!”
Aladdin: “Mother, please take this to Sultan at once so that he’ll know that I’m prepared to
provide him with all he wants and more.”
As Aladdin’s Mother walked forward as the Servants followed her in fine procession, the sultan was extremely astonished and captivated by the jewels and servants.
Al’s Mother: “My lord, this small token is the least we could do to honour the Lady Badar al‐
Budur. She deserves much more than this.”
Sultan: “Go to your son and tell him that I’ve accepted his gift and shall keep my word. My daughter shall be his bride and my son‐in‐law. This very night will be the beginning of the
marriage festivities only he must come here without delay.”
Al’s Mother: “You’ll be glad once you hear my news, the sultan has accepted your offer and
you are now engaged to the Lady Badar al‐Budur. You are to be married to her this very night
Aladdin: “Thank you, mother! I am so happy to hear the news.”
Aladdin took the lamp and rubbed it. Immediately the Genie appeared.
Lamp Genie: “Ask my Lord, whatever you want.”
Aladdin: “I want you to fetch me the most expensive and regal garments that surpass anything
ever worn by a king. and fetch me a stallion(horse) fit for a king and let his trappings be studded
with gold and the finest jewels. I want you to produce a dozen servants incomparably beautiful
and magnificently dressed so that they can accompany my mother to the royal palace.”
Lamp Genie: “As you command”
Aladdin dressed like a prince and mounted his horse with servants in front and behind. Once Aladdin reached the palace.
Aladdin: “My lord, thanks for your generosity, you have promised me the hand of your daughter. And I hope you will grant me a plot of land where I can build a pavilion suitable for your daughter.”
Sultan: “My son, look around you my son and choose whatever ground you deem suitable for your plans. But I think the best place would be to build your palace on that broad ground over here facing my palace.”
Aladdin: “I could wish for nothing better than to be near to your highness.”
Aladdin mounted his horse and rode from the palace and reached his home.
Once there, he took the lamp and rubbed it. Immediately the Genie appeared
Genie: “Ask my lord, whatever you want.”
Aladdin: “I have an important and urgent task for you, I want you to build me a palace in front of the Sultan’s palace right away. It must be marvellous and furnished royally with every possible comfort.”
Genie: “As you request my lord”
Before daybreak, he finished the palace and disappeared.
As the sun began to shine, the Sultan rose from his sleep and went to his window from which he saw a new Grand Palace opposite to his palace. Every soul in the city was wonderstruck by the spectacle.
Meanwhile, the bands played with a splendid marriage feast was displayed in the palace. The marriage contract had been signed between Aladdin and Lady Badar al‐Badura, the king summoned the khazis and the witnesses.
Magician: “My only satisfaction is that the little boy has perished in the cave, and I can only
hope someday I may still obtain the lamp.”
He took a magical square box and studied them carefully to make sure of Aladdin’s death and determine the exact position of the lamp. He became furious when he knew that Aladdin is Alive.
Magician: “I have suffered more pain than any other mortal could bear because of that lamp,
and that boy did not have to do a thing for it to fall into his hands. All the more reasons why I
must destroy him!”
**** In the Palace ****
Dinarzade: “Wow, this is the most enchanting story I have heard sister.”
Scheherazade: “The rest is still more wonderful, and you would say so, if the sultan would allow me to live another day, and would give me leave to tell it to you the next night.”
Shahariyaar:(to himself) “I will wait for some more time; I can kill her any day.”