Lesson One Hundred: The Believer is Useful
The Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him and his progeny) said:
مَثَلُ الْمُؤْمِنِ مَثَلُ النَّخْلَةِ ما أَخذْتَ مِنْها مِنْ شَىء نَفَعَكَ
A believer is like a palm tree, whatsoever you take away from it is useful and profitable.1
Palm tree is actually one of the very fertile trees. Its fruit is eaten as one of the best foods and sometimes its stone is burnt. Also, things like mats, hats, table-cloth are woven from its leaves.
Its wood is used in construction of simple buildings and also used as a bridge for passing through streams. A fragrant and useful essence is extracted from its blossom. In other words, there is not one part that is discarded as useless. discarded.
The believers are the same. Their thoughts are useful, their speeches are profitable, their meetings are educational, their religion is reforming and they are loyal in friendship, strong in their decisions. In short, everything about them is worthy.
- 1. Nahjul Fasahah, page 564