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Two traits deprive a person from gaining knowledge.

Chapter of testing knowledge

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 58:
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:
Allah’s Apostle said, “Amongst the trees, there is a tree, the leaves of which do not fall and is like a Muslim. Tell me the name of that tree.” Everybody started thinking about the trees of the desert areas. And I thought of the date-palm tree but felt shy to answer the others then asked, “What is that tree, O Allah’s Apostle ?” He replied, “It is the date-palm tree.”

-Abdullah ibn Umar was the youngest of the crowd and he knew the answer but remained silent. All the companions were guessing different trees. Abdullah was thinking they were missing the obvious.

• Another narration, Abdullah tells his father he knew the tree and Umar said: it would have been great if you had said so.

Scholars say: Two traits deprive a person from gaining knowledge

o 1. Haya’a = Shyness – becomes bashfulness a weak trait when seeking knowledge

o 2. Al-Kibr = Arrogance – questioning the person teaching and their knowledge – or claiming they already knew what is being taught

Palm tree quality

Very strong – can’t shake it
 Very high and lofty – muslim should grow in ilm
 Always provides you with khayr – leaves grow like a circle – sphere – provides you with shade no matter what time of year – leaves can also be used for many things after they get dry – hats, mats, broom


•always provides dates – waiting until the fuit turns yellow or reddish – can be used for food or feeding the animals – can make juice of it
•When it becomes red – you eat it
• When it becomes softer – last stage – Rudab – has moisture
• If you leave it on until it becomes dry – that’s when it is THAMR – and lasts long for months – can be pressed and juice squeezed out for sugar

Date stone:

•Feeding animals
• For fire when dry as fuel

Therefore: Example of the believer – always useful!!!

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