Allah, the Exalted says,
?Do you not see how Allah sets forth a metaphor of a
good word: a good tree whose roots are firm and whose branches are in the sky?
It bears fruit all the time by its Lord?s permission. Allah sets forth metaphors
for people so that hopefully they will pay heed.? [Ibrahim (14): 24-25]
has likened the statement of faith, which is the best of statements, with a tree
that is the best of trees bearing these noble characteristics. Its roots are
firm, it is always growing and maturing and it bears fruit all the time,
directing its numerous benefits and delectable fruits to its owner and others.
This tree varies greatly in the hearts of the believers, changing in accordance
to the variation of the qualities that Allah has described it with. Therefore it
is upon the servant to hasten towards acquiring knowledge about it, its
descriptions, that which leads to its existence and potency, its roots and its
branches. It is upon him to expend his efforts in actualising this tree in terms
of knowledge and action for indeed his portion of goodness and success,
happiness in this life and the Hereafter, is dependant upon the extent to which
this tree [is implanted in his heart].
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