As was his habit, Ali ibn Abi Talib (‘a) left his house and made his way towards the desert and gardens where he used to work. He (‘a) was carrying a bundle with him.
A man asked him, “O Ali! what are you carrying?”
Ali (‘a) said, “God willing, a palm tree.”
He said, “A palm tree?”
The man’s surprise vanished when he and the others saw the date stones which Ali (‘a) had carried to plant that day, in the hope of seeing them grow to become sturdy date palms, and to multiply and form a palm grove.1
- 1. Wasa’il, v. 2, p. 531 and Bihar, v. 9, p. 599.