The Palm Tree’s Stump

The Sahaba, the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad, narrate a story about a tree stump that loved the Prophet Muhammad (salallahu alyayhi wasalam) so much that it wept. The Sahaba Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (may God be pleased with him) narrates to us that “The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam (God send peace and blessings be upon him) used to stand by a tree or a date-palm on Friday. Then an Ansari woman or man said. “O Allah’s Apostle! Shall we make a pulpit for you?” He replied, “If you wish.” So they made a pulpit for him and when it was Friday, he proceeded towards the pulpit (for delivering the sermon).The date-palm cried like a child! The Prophet descended (the pulpit) and embraced it while it continued moaning like a child being quietened. The Prophet said, “It was crying for (missing) what it used to hear of religious knowledge given near to it.”

A tree stump was moved so much by the prescence of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and longed so much to be near him that it wept knowing he would be losing his closeness to him. How many times have we wept because of our longing and yearning to be with the Prophet Muhammad (salallahu alayhi wasalam). Its possible that this tree stump loved him more than many of us do and its not even human. I think that all Muslims say they love their Prophet, but the proof is in our actions and how much our hearts are moved by the mentioning of the Prophet, the best of creation (salallahu alayhi wasalam).

I’m of the opinion that if your heart doesn’t pine and yearn for him, it is probably because you don’t know him. He is as Allah (Glorius and Most High) has described him “And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” (21:107). This becomes quite clear in the story of the tree stump in which the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wasalam) embraced while it continued moaning like a child being quieted. Perhaps the tree stump weeping is miraculous in itself but I am more deeply moved by the amount of mercy the Prophet had for the tree. He gave the tree a hug and comforted the tree. Such a great level of love in his heart and imagine how much more love he has for his Umma,  his community.

He had so much concern for his community that instead of using his special supplication he was given as a Prophet on himself, he used it (salallahu alayhi wasalam) so that he could intercede for us on the Day of Judgement. He had so much love for his community that he used to supplicate to Allah for our forgiveness, probably more often and more sincerely than most of us supplicate for ourselves. He certainly loves us more than we even love ourselves. He used to weep out of his concern for us. His concern for us doesn’t just stop in his lifetime either, it keeps going until we walk into Paradise. SubhanAllah, Glorius is God.

If a tree could be so moved by the presence of this man and do something abnormal to its type of creation and weep, imagine what true love for the Prophet, (salallahu alayhi wasalam), could do with us. Its no wonder how the Sahaba, his companions did the unimaginable and went from traders and shepherds into running a territory larger than the Roman Empire. It’s because they were transformed by their love for this man, the beloved of God, the best of all creation, a mercy for all the worlds. Salallahu alayhi wasalam,  peace and blessings be upon him.

May our love for the Prophet, salallahu alayhi wasalam, deepen, increase and transform us into people greater than we think we can be. Ameen.

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