bismillahi walhamdulillahi 'alaa rasulillah,
each and every night, i eagerly wait for him to have a conversation even a short one because he always reminded me of the "tree of eiman". a tree that has a firm foundation, trunk is very straight, and the branches and leaves tower up into the sky.
"Do you not see how Allah makes a metaphor of a good word (kalimatan tayyibah): A good tree whose roots are firm and whose branches are in heaven? It bears fruit regularly by its Lord’s permission. Allah makes metaphors for people so that hopefully they will pay heed. The metaphor of a corrupt word is that of a rotten tree, uprooted on the surface of the earth. It has no staying power."
[suratu Ibrahim verse 24-26]
Talking to him in a our online halaqah, learning about the deen of Allah – he become my eiman-rush, my heart just flutters with tranquility. With satisfaction. With humility. With peace.
Why do I only feel this way in our "gatherings"?
surely Allah subhana wa ta'ala provides the answer in Suratu Ra’d verse 28:
"Those who have believed and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, it is the remembrance of Allah which provides tranquility to hearts."** ** ** **
(Adapted from an audio lecture: The Fruits of Eiman by Yasir Qadhi)
The kalimatan tayyibah in this ayah is a beautiful phrase. The phrase of La illaha illa Allah that there is no deity worthy of worship except for Allah. The phrase of eiman. The example of the kalimatan tayyibah is like a beautiful tree. The foundations of this tree will be firmly established. The branches of this tree will tower in the skies. The tree of eiman has firmly established roots and its branches tower up in the skies.
This tree, the tree of eiman, gives its fruits at all times by the permission of its Lord. And Allah makes parables for mankind so that they can ponder over them. A beautiful, tall, glorious, noble, and majestic tree whose foundations and roots are firm. And so too is eiman. Once eiman enters the heart, it is firmly established in the heart, and it will never leave after that.
And this is the way of the believer… The branches of this tree of eiman tower in the skies as does eiman once it exists in the heart then it cannot remain hidden. It will be seen by everyone, just like a tall tree is a landmark for everyone around it. Everyone can see it towering in the skies. So too is eiman when it exists in the heart it will be seen in the actions. It will be seen in the characteristics, the akhlaaq, in the muamalat, how you treat one another, in the worship to Allah subhana wa ta ala, it will not remain hidden.
This tree of eiman gives it fruits at all times by the permission of its Lord. You can always pluck fruits from this tree of eiman wherever you are. At any time and at every occasion. This is in contrast to other trees because all other trees give their fruits once a year, twice a year, or maybe once every two years. But they never give their fruits year round. But the tree of eiman is different. Wherever you are, in any situation, in any circumstance, anytime if you have this tree of eiman, you can pluck fruits from this tree. You can benefit from this tree of eiman. And this is example that Allah subhanahu wa ta ala gives of eiman so that we can ponder of this parable.
And Allah knows best ;)