The Parable of the Good Word – Tawheed!

13th of Jumada ath-Thaani

Suuratul Ibraheem Verses 24 and  25


أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ ٱللَّـهُ مَثَلًا كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِى ٱلسَّمَآءِ ﴿٢٤

تُؤْتِىٓ أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍۭ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا ۗ وَيَضْرِبُ ٱللَّـهُ ٱلْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ ﴿٢٥


24. See you not how Allah sets forth a parable? – A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches to the sky. 25. Giving its fruit at all times, by the Leave of its Lord and Allah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember.


Tafsir Ibn Katheer Volume 5, Page 339

`Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that `Abdullah bin `Abbas commented that Allah’s statement,


﴿مَثَلاً كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً﴾

“a parable: a goodly word”,

Refers to testifying to La ilaha illallah, (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah) while,

﴿كَشَجَرةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ﴾

“as a goodly tree”,

Refers to the believer, and that,

﴿أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ﴾

“whose root is firmly fixed”,

Indicates that La ilaha illallah, (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah) is firm in the believers’ heart,

﴿وَفَرْعُهَا فِى السَّمَآءِ﴾

“and its branches (reach) to the sky.”

With which the believer’s works are ascended to heaven. Similar is said by Ad-Dahhak, Sa’id bin Jubayr, `Ikrimah, Mujahid and several others. They stated that this parable describes the believer’s deeds, good statements and good actions. The believer is just like the beneficial date tree, always having good actions ascending at all times, by day and by night.

Allah said next,

﴿تُؤْتِى أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍ﴾

“Giving its fruit at all times”

It is said that it means by day and by night. And they say that describes the believer as a tree that always has fruits during summer and winter, by night and by day. This is the parable of the believer whose good works ascend to heaven by day and by night and at all times,

﴿بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا﴾

“by the leave of its Lord”

Thus earning perfection and becoming beneficial, plentiful, pure and blessed,

﴿وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ﴾

“and Allah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember”.

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