The Muslim and the Date-Palm Tree

Narrated ibn Omar (radiyAllahu anhu):

The Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Amongst the trees, there is a tree, the leaves of which do not fall and is like a Muslim.  Tell me the name of that tree.”  Everybody started thinking about the trees of the desert areas.  And I thought of the date-palm tree but felt too shy to answer.  The others then asked, “What is that tree, O Allah’s Apostle?”  He replied, “It is the date-palm tree.”

Sahih Bukhari, Book of Knowledge, Hadith #58

In a recent course with Sheikh Ibrahim Dremali, where he taught ‘The Fiqh of Hadith’, he discussed various points relating to this beautiful hadith that I want to share:

1.  The leaves of the date-palm tree which do not fall all year round, were compared to the Muslim by the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam).  This means that the Muslim will bring benefit at all times, whereever they are and at any given time. 

2. The Sheikh brought up the benefits of the date-palm tree itself, and how every single part of the tree has benefit, from the roots to the leaves to the dates.  Subhan’Allah.  By using the Prophet’s comparison of a Muslim to this tree, the Sheikh reminds us of all the potential benefits of a Muslim, and how we should never give up in any matter.  Whether it is in making dawah, facing hardship, dealing with family, fellow Muslims, problems in the Masjid, or any other matter – DONT EVER GIVE UP. 

This was an excellent reminder extracted from the beautiful words and comparison by our Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam).  May Allah SWT preserve the Sheikh and help us all to spread the benefit of Islam; Ameen.