Monday, December 6, 2010

The Only Living Sahabi Tree

The Only Living
Sahabi Tree
The Blessed Tree
A living tree which had sheltered
Rasul Allah
صلى الله عليه وسلم


The thing that deserves to be loved most is that which brings forth the from the depths of our spirits the recollection of the Divine Name. The title of the Holy Prophet of Islam is Habib Allah, the beloved of God.

This hub, this love for the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) could be described as the great transformative emotion of Islam”. Abdal Hakim Murad

This tree was blessed with the touch of the Messenger of God (صلى الله عليه وسلم)”-Shaykh Al-Habib Ali Al-Jifri

Did you not see how Allah illustrated the example of a sacred saying? 
Like a sacred tree, which has firm roots and branches reaching into heaven.
Bearing fruit at all times by the command of its Lord; 
and Allah illustrates examples for people so that they may understand.

[Ibrahim 14:24-25]

A recent research in Jordan leads way to yet another proof on legitimacy of Islam and its messenger Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم). For actual believers simple statements from Allah are adequate to believe the truth. But those who restrain from real faith might ask for solid evidences. Allah will show ample evidences on His realities time and again as a reminder to those who still disbelieve.
There are some people who are reluctant to believe the reality even after knowing the truth owing to their ego or pride. Another category of people will embrace correct faith by mercy of Allah upon viewing the evidences.
Those who believe truth from Allah and set their lifestyle according to commands of Allah will be protected from pitiless hell fire and rewarded Paradise filled with immeasurable blessings.
So, humbly we introduce facts to those who might understand the truth and may by mercy of Allah turn to correct faith and religion.
Allah has stated in Qura’n
البقرة – 146
The people of the book know this as they know their own sons, but some of them conceal the truth which they themselves know.”
Hundreds of evidences were given in ancient Vedas, Tourah and Bible (old Books) on appearance of the Last Messenger, Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم).
Many verses can be seen stating name, native and characteristics of the Last Messenger even in recent day copies of old Books though those books had gone through many human interventions and adjustments.
Thus people who know the Last Messenger from Allah from old Books were in anticipation of Him. Here comes story of Bahira, a Christian monk lived in Busra, south of Syria and his zeal to meet the Last Messenger.
He happened to watch a caravan of Arabian merchants from Makkah passing by and a young boy is being shaded by clouds wherever he goes. He at once understood significance of the boy and invited the caravan for a banquet.
All members of the caravan attended the feast except the boy whom he was anxiously waiting.
So he looked out and found the boy resting under a tree. As per his knowledge of Bible only a Prophet will rest under that tree.
So he urged the caravan members to bring that boy to the banquet. He quizzed the boy and concluded that He is the Last Messenger explained in Bible. Bahira convinced the boy’s uncle Abu Talib to return to Makkah with the boy as Jews are in search for Him to harm.

This incident was when our Beloved Prophet of Allah

صلى الله عليه وسلم was 12 years old (1459 hijri years ago)

The tree which shaded Rasoolullahi (صلى الله عليه و سلم) is miraculously preserved by Allah for all this long period. It is the lonely tree available for around hundred square kilometers in that inhospitable desert north of Jordan.
A meditation on the themes of love of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, veneration of holy sites, grace and symbolism. This film tells the story of the meeting between the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم and a Christian monk named Bahira. The meeting happened in the shade of a tree. Fourteen hundred years later that same tree was discovered still alive in the northern deserts of Jordan. The only tree alive in hundreds of square miles of emptiness. This tree is a link to the life of the Prophet and a place of pilgrimage today...
“The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم  sitting under this tree, and its reacting to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم makes the tree the only living terrestrial witness to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, what we would call in Arabic a Sahabi.” - H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad
“That thing that deserves to be loved most is that which brings forth from the depths of our spirits the recollection of the Divine Name. The title of the Holy Prophetصلى الله عليه وسلم of Islam is Habib Allah, the Beloved of God. This hub, this love for the Prophet could be described as the great transformative emotion of Islam.” -Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad.

“In this place, we pray to God to make our hearts containers of the 
love of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.”
Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Sa‘id Ramadan Al-Buti
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad,Shaykh Al-Habib Ali Al-Jifri,Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad and Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Sa‘id Ramadan Al-Buti

The Blessed Tree during the winter (Shot on 6th December 2010)
Thanks//Photographs by samdefranc see more here


“You have to be able to apply a symbol in a wise way, from one domain of reality to another. There is, in a sense, a vertical dimension that goes through our heart vertically through our head and up to Heaven. The line of transcendence. This is the inner tree. The roots of it are actually the roots of the Divine reality in our hearts. For most human beings this tree has dried up because they are not aware of its roots. It is virtually there but not actually; and the spiritual life means the reviving of this tree within us by sinking the roots of the Divine once again in our hearts.” Prof. Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Those interviewed for the film include:
His Majesty King Abdallah II of Jordan
H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad
Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Sa‘id Ramadan Al-Buti
Shaykh Al-Habib ‘Umar bin Hafeeth
Shaykh Al-Habib Ali al-Jifri
Prof. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
H.E. Shaykh Dr. Ali Jum’a
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Others involved:
H.E. Shaykh Muhammad Al-Sadiq Yusuf
H.E. Shaykh Dr. Ahmad Hassoun

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The Master of the Universe (صلى الله عليه وسلم) had reached twelve (12) years of age.

He possessed a unique kind of body and face among his friends. His face would emit gleaming light to his surroundings and his heart was always filled with peace. In the meantime, Abu Talib, who was sheltering our Holy Prophet (
صلى الله عليه وسلم), had great difficulty getting by. For this reason, he felt obliged to get involved in trade/commerce. He decided to go to Damascus that year by joining the caravan that the Quraysh had arranged for the purpose of trade. Preparations for the journey were being made and they took place right before our Holy Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) eyes.

Consequently, this uncle, whom he loved so much, was going to be separated from him for some period of time. However, how was he going endure this? Years ago, he had lost both his honorable father and saintly mother at the end of two journeys. Now, his guardian, Abu Talib, was going to set off on a journey and be separated from him for days. How was his gentle and delicate soul going to bear this separation?
Like Abu Talib, the members of the household were also afraid that something would befall upon the Master of the Universe (
صلى الله عليه وسلم), and for that reason, they did not want him to embark on this journey. However, our Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) wholeheartedly wanted to go with his uncle. He was left with no choice but to open up to his uncle after having been sad for days. He could not help speaking to his uncle in the following manner with a longing and sad tone: My Dear Uncle! Where and with whom are you leaving me? I neither have my mother nor my father here with me.”

Our Holy Prophet’s (
صلى الله عليه وسلم) teardrops decorated these words like a flower. Even the most hardened of hearts, let alone Abu Talib, who wholeheartedly loved his nephew, would be unable bear the Master of the Universe’s sorrow.

Abu Talib immediately changed his mind upon hearing these expressions that had inflamed his feelings of compassion. The Master of the Universe (
صلى الله عليه وسلم) was able to go with his uncle; thus, his heart was filled with happiness after this decision had been made. The preparations were complete and he joined the caravan together with his uncle.

Bahira the Monk

Monastery of Bahira the monk

Bahira’s Observation and Evaluation

There was a priest by the name of Bahira who lived in a small monastery that was close to the market of Busra. 

At that time, this priest was a reputable scholar among Christians. There was a book in the monastery and those who worshipped at that monastery and read from that book would become the most knowledgeable of Christians.

Until that time, every priest had benefited from this book. 2

The Qurayshi procession of trade lodged in close proximity to this priest’s monastery as they had done every year. What was strange was that Bahira, who had not interacted with anyone from the procession in the past years, was now showing an unexpected interest in the procession and had arranged a feast for them. Why had this feast and attention been given? This was the question that got the procession thinking. 

The Wise Bahira had witnessed some peculiarities in the procession that he had not seen before.

While he was looking at the Qurayshi procession, he had noticed a cloud shading the Master of all Masters (صلى الله عليه وسلم). When the procession came and lodged underneath a tree, he observed the same cloud shading the tree and the tree’s branches bending before the Radiant Child to provide shade for him.

Bahira, who had seen these peculiarities, wanted to invite them for a meal. He sent the Meccans the following notice: Oh Qurayshis! I prepared a meal for you. I want all of you: the elderly, the young, the free, and the enslaved to come”. The Qurayshi merchants noticed Bahira’s unusual attitude. They wondered what the reason was and asked, “Oh Bahira, by God, your mood is different today. We stop by you each time we come. You have never done something like this for us before. What is the matter?"

Bahira did not disclose his secret and made do with this answer, “Yes, you are right, but after all, you are my guests. For that reason, I wanted to host and have you eat. Please come and help yourselves!”

They accepted the invitation and sat at the dinner table. However, there was an individual from the procession who was absent. Bahira was looking for the Master of the Universe (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

Since he was the youngest, the Radiant Child had been charged with the duty of keeping an eye on the procession’s belongings; thus, he was sitting by the tree.

Bahira was busy with eying everyone at the dinner table from head to toe. However, none of them had the disposition of the Radiant Child that he was looking for. He asked, “Is there anyone who has not come to the meal? Is there someone who has been left behind?” They answered, “No, Bahira, there is no one who has accepted your invitation and then did not come. Only a child was left behind to wait on our belongings.”

Bahira, who had examined the Holy Books and learned the characteristics and signs of the last Prophet from them, insisted that he come as well.

The Qurayshi merchants could not refuse Bahira’s persistent request; so, they went and brought the Master of the Universe (صلى الله عليه وسلم). While the Master of the Universe (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was busy eating his meal at the table, Bahira’s entire attention and amazement was on him. He was eying his every move and condition. Bahira had found what he was looking for and had reached his goal. The Radiant Child’s behavior and every action perfectly matched the written descriptions in the book next to him. The meal was finished and while everyone was dispersing from the table, Bahira leaned down to the Master of the Universe’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) ear and said, “Look, young man. I want you to answer the questions that I am going to ask you about Lat and Uzza.” There was an expression of discomfort and hate in the Radiant Child’s eyes, “Please do not want anything from me on behalf of Lat and Uzza. By God, there is nothing that I hate more than them”.

Bahira retracted his first request. “In that case, Answer the questions I am going to ask you for the sake of Allah”. Our Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) replied “Ask whatever you wish”.

Bahira was bewildered by all the answers that he received to his questions because they exactly matched everything that he knew about the Last Prophet. Lastly, he looked at the Master of the Universe’s back and saw the seal of Prophethood. Bahira’s conviction was now certain and without doubt: This youth was the long-awaited Last Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

Bahira and Abu Talib Face-to-Face

After his recognition, Bahira went to our Holy Prophet’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) uncle, Abu Talib.

The following conversation took place between the two:

What relation do you have to this child?”

He is my son”

No, he is not your son because this child’s father is not supposed to be living.”

Yes, you are correct. He is my nephew, not my biological son”.

Well, what happened to his father?

He passed away while this child’s mother was pregnant.”

Yes, you have told the truth.”

Everything was now evident and definite for Bahira. Finally, Bahira gave the following advice to our Holy Prophet’s uncle (صلى الله عليه وسلم), which showed that he was a man who thought and spoke rightfully: Immediately take your nephew back to your homeland. Protect him from the jealous Jews. By God, if the Jews see this child and notice what I have noticed, then they will try to inflict harm upon him because your nephew is going to attain a great reputation and glory in the future. Do not stay here anymore. Be sure to take him back immediately.” 3

Upon hearing this advice, Abu Talib sold his goods there and returned to Mecca together with his glorious nephew. 4


1. Bahira’s real name was either Jarjis or Georges. European historians call him “Sergius”. He was once a Jewish scholar but then accepted Christianity. (Sirah, 1.191 footnote:1)

2. Sirah, 1/191

3. ibid, 1/191-194; Tabaqat, 1/153-155; Ansab, 1/96-98; Tabari, 1/194-195

4. Sirah, 1/194; Tabaqat, 1/155; Ansab 1/97


*Ibn Hisham:

When the Messenger of Allâh (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was twelve years old (42 BH/580 CE), he went with his uncle Abu Talib on a business journey to Syria. When they reached Busra (which was a part of Syria, in the vicinity of Howran under the Roman domain) they met a monk called Bahira (his real name was Georges), who showed great kindness, and entertained them lavishly. He had never been in the habit of receiving or entertaining them before.

He readily enough recognized the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and said while taking his hand:

"This is the master of all humans. Allâh will send him with a Message which will be a mercy to all beings."

Abu Talib asked: "How do you know that?"

He replied: "When you appeared from the direction of ‘Aqabah, all stones and trees prostrated themselves, which they never do except for a Prophet. I can recognize him also by the seal of Prophethood which is below his shoulder, like an apple. We have got to learn this from our books."

He also asked Abu Talib to send the boy back to Makkah and not to take him to Syria for fear of the Jews. Abu Talib obeyed and sent him back to Makkah with some of his men servants. [Ibn Hisham 1/180-183; Za'd Al-Ma'ad 1/17]


*Muḥammad ibn Ishaq ibn Yasār (d.150–153 AH) (767CE-770CE)

Abu Muhammad 'Abd al-Malik bin Hisham (d.218AH - 833CE)

{Ibn Hisham 1/180-183; Za'd Al-Ma'ad 1/17} Edited the biography of The Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم written by Ibn Ishaq whos’s work is lost and is now only known in the recessions of Ibn Hisham and al-Tabari.

Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari (b.224H-d.310AH)(838CE–923CE)


The Story of Monk Sargis-BaÊirâ: Early Christian-Muslim Encounters

By Abdul-Massih Saadi, Ph.D. 


The Text

The Polemical Context of Bahira

The Religious Context

The Date and the authorship of the Story

Translation of the Syriac Text

The Story of Bahira According to Ibn Hisham



Bahira the Monk: Here


Bahira the Monk

Q: “Where is this Blessed Tree?”

Read Here

The Blessed Tree


This tree, said to be present since the time of Prophet `Isa (upon him and his mother be peace), is this only visible sign of life for miles around.

As the Prophet sat under it seeking protection from the sun, it bowed its branches over him, The remains of Bahirah the Monk's monastery are close by. It was Bahirah who noticed the signs of prophethood on the young Muhammad , and advised that he be protected and returned swiftly back to his homeland, and not continue onto Syria.

Habib Mashur ibn Hafiz said that this tree will be present in paradise. May Allah unite us with it, and allow us to visit and take barakah from all the traces of our noble Prophet