The Wisdom Behind the Similarity Between A Believer And A Tree

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful The Bestower of Mercy

In this similitude, there are underlying (benefits), affairs of knowledge (related to speech, action etc.) and cognisance. (There are affairs in this similitude) that necessitate knowledge to be spoken about and its wisdom. And from that is:

Indeed, a tree has to have roots, a stem, branches, leaves and fruits; likewise, the tree of Imaan and Islaam conforms in its resemblance to what it is likened to. Its roots are knowledge, cognisance and certainty. Its stem is sincerity and its branches are the actions (of the believer). Its fruits are that which it necessitates of righteous actions pertaining to praiseworthy (deeds), commendable qualities, upright manners, (adherence) to a righteous path, guidance and a pleasant conduct.  In the embedment of this tree (of Islaam and Imaan) in the heart and its firmness within it, are derived all these affairs. [1]

[Source: Majmoo’u Kutub Wa-Rasaa-il Wa-Fataawaa Fadeelatus Shaikh Al-Allaama Rabee Bin Haadee Umair Al-Madkhalee: Vol: 4: page: 249. Abridged & slightly paraphrased]

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