Nature’s Testimony

Have you heard the story of the weeping tree or the mountain that shook? I’M BEING SERIOUS! It might sound like a fable in a fairy tale or some bizarre story found in chain mail, but this actually happened. Nature itself testified to the greatness of Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).

You see, not only were humans driven like bees to a flower to the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) but nature too could not get enough of his sublime character. Below are two mind-blowing incidents that occurred in the life of the Prophet between him and nature.

[dropcap2]1[/dropcap2]There was a tree trunk in front of the Prophet’s masjid where the Prophet would give his khutbah. One day a sahabah suggested the idea of building a minbar (pulpit) from where the Prophet could deliver his khutbah and the Prophet agreed. The minbar was then constructed and when the Prophet walked past the tree trunk it started to cry, as it knew that Prophet would no longer give his khutbah near it. As Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) went on the minbar to give the khutbah, the tree trunk cried. The Prophet stepped down from the minbar and hugged the tree trunk, which stopped crying. The prophet said: “If I didn’t hug it, it would be like that until the Day of Judgement”[1. AlBukhari]

Subhan Allah! A tree trunk crying due to being upset that it would no longer hear the Prophet’s khutbah. How often do we cry and weep for such a reason?

[dropcap2]2[/dropcap2]In another occasion when the Prophet was standing on Mount Uhud after returning from Khaybar, the mountain shook out of love for the Prophet. When this happened the Prophet said: “This mountain loves us and we love it” [2. Al Bukhari]

Do our hearts tremble and shake with love for the Prophet too?

It almost seems unimaginable that trees and mountains could communicate with us, let alone physically move. Yet this should add to our conviction that Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was indeed a Prophet and an example to be followed. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) Himself revealed:

“You have indeed, in the Messenger of Allah, a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah” [3. Surah Ahzab – Ayah 21]

These stories are not just miracles testifying to the sublime character of the Prophet but it begs the question: How many times have we cried or wished to see the Prophet? Is the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) just a memory or story to be told but when it comes to practise his example is pushed to the background? Do we marvel at the miracles he experienced and read eagerly his example but make no effort to apply it to our own life?

A resolution

My dear sisters, let us make a resolution that we too will love the Prophet the way the mountain and tree did and we will prove it within our actions rather than solely our words. Indeed it is well known that we will be resurrected with those who we love. I pray that we all genuinely love the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and are resurrected with him on the Day of Judgement. Ameen.



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