The Date Palm


    Rasulullah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "The example of a believer is like that of a date palm, every part of it is of benefit to you."

    This hadith has been classified as sahih (authentic) by Hafiz ibn Hajar (RA).

Commentary

    The Ulama, in the light of this and other Ahadith - have explained that a date palm is such that benefit is derived from it at all times. While it is alive and standing on its roots (by the different types of dates that it bears, in fact the date palm begins bearing dates from the very beginning stages) as well as when it is dead and uprooted. Every portion of it is used up, i.e. the seeds of the dates are crushed and used for fodder, the leaves for the making of ropes, the bark for wood, etc.

    Similarly with a Muslim, people benefit from his knowledge, his good character and truthful dealings while he is alive and his charitable works as well as his knowledge even after he leaves this world. People still act upon what he taught them and what they learn from his books and writings.

    One of the lessons to be derived from this hadith is the benefit of explaining something through an example for a clearer understanding and the permissibility of testing students to gauge their level.

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

 


Published: October 2005