Qualities of Shajara Tayyiba
Have you not considered how Allah presents an example, [making] a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches [high] in the sky? It produces its fruit all the time, by permission of its Lord. And Allah presents examples for the people that perhaps they will be reminded.
(Surah Ibrahim: 24-25)
Narrated ibn Omar (radiyAllahu anhu):
The Prophet (S) 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 too shy to answer. The others then asked, “What is that tree, O Allah’s Apostle?” He replied, “It is the date-palm tree.”
(Sahih Bukhari, Book of Knowledge, Hadith #58)
So how is the date palm like a Muslim?
Roots: Lets start with the roots. Shajara Tayyiba's roots are firm, stable, and unwavering. Strong, deeply rooted Iman (faith), Ilm (knowledge), and Amal (action) are key components in a Believer.
Branches: Its branches reach high into the heavens. Just like the khair (good) a believer spreads far and wide.
Leaves & Fruits: Its leaves do not fall all year around and it's fruit benefits all around it. Just like a Muslim brings benefit all the time, no matter where he is and at any given time to all around him.
SubhanAllah every single part of the date palm is beneficial. Just as the Muslim is constantly beneficial and never gives up!
Obedience to Allah (swt): Despite being so AMAZING, a Shajara Tayyiba is still humble and submitted to Allah. Just as a Muslim has submitted to the will of Allah (swt).
These are the qualities we hope to instill in our students, insha Allah.