A Brief Reflection about the Symbolism of Trees in The Quran!

So we do find in the Holy Qur'an, in our ahadith and history, there is this common reference towards trees. And they are symbolic. There is a lot of symbolism associated with trees. Let us look at trees from a natural perspective to get a better idea of the symbolism behind it.

When you study a tree, what is significant about trees? From a natural perspective, we are not talking about from a religious perspective.

Naturally, tell me a few interesting features that you observe from trees. Oxygen, they give oxygen. What else? They give you shade. They are beautiful. What else? They go to the soil. They go into the soil, they are fixed in the ground. They age, they grow, they develop. They give you fruits, they give habitats. They take the energy from the sun and convert it into food.

See, the tree does all of this and that is why Allah uses the tree as an example in the Holy Qur'an: "wa mathalu kalimatin tayyibatin ka shajaratin tayyibatin, asluha thaabitun, wa far'uha fi 's-samaa'" (14:24). Allah says, "A good word is like a good tree. Like a good tree, you find that its roots are fixed in the ground".

It is stable, Believers are stable, they are fixed. They are not shaky in their beliefs, just like a strong tree. Nothing really can break it down. It can even withstand a hurricane. A lot of trees do. It is strong.

"wa far'uha fi 's-samaa'" (14:24), "And you see the branches extending into the sky." The tree stands on its own. It uses resources and it gives. It is generous, right? Trees are generous. You mentioned their benefits. They give you oxygen, they give you fruits, they give you shade, they give you beauty.

Good words are like beautiful trees, they are good everywhere. They spread goodness. People benefit from them. They are fixed. And that is one reason why the Holy Qur'an makes a reference to this.

And then the Qur'an another example it gives us is a tree is by mentioning the cursed tree: "wa ash-shajarati al-mal'oona" (17:60), "the cursed tree". You could have a bad tree too, a poisonous tree. Like Bani Umayyah, they were a cursed tree.

And the Qur'an teaches you that if you start a path of corruption and deviation in your family, you will start a poisonous tree in history. And you are responsible for that. You are responsible till the Day of Judgment. You as a father, you can plant a good tree in your family or a poisonous tree that can be a cursed tree or "ash-shajarati al-mal'oona" (17:60), as Allah says in the Holy Qur'an.