I was discussing the notion of Mohamed’s ‘tree of the Jews’ with my friend Jdamn and I had come to the conclusion that it was a fictitious tree as my feeble Internet searches came up with no actual earthly botany that matched this mythical tree that will not cry out to the Muslims on judgment day alerting them to an anorexic Jew behind them.
I say anorexic because its a mighty small tree and I know of no person that could successfully hide behind one in any meaningful way.
Jdamn, being somewhat better with Internet searches than I, managed to find this masterpiece. Please pay special attention to the near miraculous sophistry at the end. I quote for you:
“‘Ali Al-Faqir: Sir, it has been proven scientifically that the trees and the stones have languages of their own. But we don’t have the ability to invent the instruments that will convey the tree’s voice and the stone’s voice to us.”
One has to wonder how a thing was scientifically proven when the instruments for the tests do not yet exist. In any case, the sheer sophistry would be admirable if so many did not subscribe to it to the detriment of the world.
Muslims make the claim that Jews world wide are ferociously busy planting ‘Gharqad trees’ all over the place to try and be protected from the coming holocaust by Muslims to the Jewish people. Maybe the Muslims should take a lesson from their own fables. Try planting some things instead of sowing hatred and lies everywhere. Maybe you will learn to enjoy life and actually benefit the earth. For once.
In Sahih Muslim: Book 041, Number 6985:
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.
I found an interesting transcription of a conversation about this hadith that I thought I would share with you:
Khaled Al-Qudha: The decisive battle between the Jews and us will take place on the Jordan River, Allah willing. This is inevitable. This is a hadith of the Prophet, who does not talk idly.
Host: Did the hadith relate to the battle’s outcome as well?
Khaled Al-Qudha: Of course. “Until the Jew hides…” – because, as is well known, the Jews only fight from behind walls, when they are hiding. They don’t fight face to face. That’s why the tree and the stone will talk and say things.
Host: The hadith says: “The Muslims will kill them…” So this will be a victory of the Muslims.
Khaled Al-Qudha: Yes, and an overwhelming defeat for all the Jews, Allah willing. And this is not at all difficult for Allah .
This battle will take place. It is inevitable. Even if we go to Oslo, and so on, the battle must take place. The Jews know this, and that’s why they plant a lot of Gharqad trees. They know the hadith.
‘Ali Al-Faqir: They surround their settlements with Gharqad trees.
That explains all those Gharqad trees, but what of the stones and trees talking? Is this to be interpreted literally?
‘Ali Al-Faqir: One may ask: “How can a tree possibly talk? The hadith means that we should fight them with sticks and stones.” This is not true. We either accept these things as fact or as a metaphor. If you cannot accept it as a fact then it’s a metaphor. As long as it is impossible to accept the facts…
But brothers, the Prophet has told us that the time will come when man will talk without using his voice – the cell-phone, the cordless phone. This cordless phone – where did it come from? From the earth. Plastic comes from petroleum. The wires, the iron, and the copper – where do they come from? From the earth. Furthermore, some communication devices are now made of wood. It is not impossible that “the tree and the stone will speak” refers to the advanced scientific instruments that warn you about people. Today you have, for example, early warning stations in Sinai. Early warning stations exist in the Golan. They give the Israelites information about the other side’s movements.
Host: Sir, this is if we interpret (the hadith) metaphorically. But isn’t it possible that the tree and stone will actually talk? That the tree itself will talk, and the stone itself will talk?
‘Ali Al-Faqir: Sir, it has been proven scientifically that the trees and the stones have languages of their own. But we don’t have the ability to invent the instruments that will convey the tree’s voice and the stone’s voice to us.
Science has progressed so much that there are instruments that are placed in gardens. The plant produces certain waves, which are received by the instrument, and the plant says: “I am thirsty, water me, I am sick, heal me.”