Islam Illustrated: The Crying Tree

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Muhammad used to stand by a tree on Fridays when delivering his sermons. Sahih Bukhari 4:56:784 says once a pulpit was built elswhere, the tree began to cry like a child and Muhammad consoled the tree with a hug.[1]

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  1. Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah: The Prophet used to stand by a tree or a date-palm on Friday. Then an Ansari woman or man said. "O Allah's Apostle! Shall we make a pulpit for you?" He replied, "If you wish." So they made a pulpit for him and when it was Friday, he proceeded towards the pulpit (for delivering the sermon). The date-palm cried like a child! The Prophet descended (the pulpit) and embraced it while it continued moaning like a child being quieted. The Prophet said, "It was crying for (missing) what it used to hear of religious knowledge given near to it."