Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | December 12, 2011

The Blessed Tree trunk and Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him


Assalamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu

 This is a brief narration of an incident which has been narrated by Imam Bukhari (رحمة الله عليه) in more than one place and has also been narrated by many other authors from many different sahabah. They all recall this particular incident with the tree trunk. These different narrations are authentic hadeeth.

 

To understand this hadith it is important to understand the structure of the Masjid of Rasul (صلى الله عليه وسلم). It had pillars at the front and was roofed, with the roof made of leaves, twigs, and beams from palm trunks. The rear part of the Masjid was unroofed. Until the 5th year of Hijra, the Beloved Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) would not use a pulpit but would lean against one of the pillars (which were constructed from tree trunks), sometimes placing his hands on the trunk.

 Then the beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said he could stand no longer to deliver the khutbah so some of the sahabah suggested that a minbar should be built. This was built by Maymun (رضى الله عنه) with three steps. In one narration it is stated that the tree trunk began shaking when the beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) arrived for the first Jumu’ah salah when the pulpit would be used. The tree trunk let out a cry, and then began whimpering and sobbing ‘like a child being put to sleep’. Also, the sahabah narrate many different sounds e.g. bellowing, crying and weeping. In one narration it is also stated that the tree trunk began to splinter.

The beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) stopped the khutbah, descended from the minbar and began to stroke it and then he hugged it. The sahabah gathered round the tree trunk and the beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said ‘By that Allah in whose hands rests my soul if I had not hugged it, it would have remained sobbing like this till Yaum-ul-Qiyamah’. Many sahabah also wept along with the tree trunk.

 

Later when relating this incident Hazrat Anas (رضى الله عنه) would say this is a piece of wood which was yearning and desirous of its meeting with Rasul (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and you oh believers should be more desirous of the meeting of Rasul (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

 

The beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said I have been given a choice of either returning it to what it was or it becoming a tree of Jannah where it will be irrigated with water from the streams of Jannah and the awliya will eat of the fruits of this tree. The beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said that he preferred it becomes a tree of Jannah. It was then cut down by the sahabah and buried.

 

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  1. SUBHAN-ALLAH
    Thank you so much for the very nice posting.
    Jazaak-Allah-Khair


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