(UWBP) asked him: ‘Where are you going?’ He replied: ‘To my family.’ God’s Messenger asked him: ‘Don’t you want something better than that?’ The beduin asked: ‘What is that?’ The Messenger (UWBP) said: ‘That you bear witness that there is no god but God, He is One, He has no partner, and that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.’ The beduin asked: ‘What is witness to this testimony?’ God’s Messenger (UWBP) said: ‘The tree beside the valley shall bear witness.’” Ibn ‘Umar said: “Shaking, the tree cleft the earth and came to God’s Messenger (UWBP). He asked the tree three times to testify; each time it testified to his truthfulness. When he ordered, it went back and settled in its place.”1
According to the authentic narration of Ibn Sahib al-Aslami, Burayda reports: “When we were with the Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) on an expedition, a beduin came and asked for a sign, that is, a miracle. The Messenger (UWBP) said: ‘Tell that tree that God’s Messenger summons it!’ Then he pointed to a tree; it swayed to right and left, heaved itself out of the ground with its roots, and came to the Messenger (UWBP), saying: ‘Peace be upon you, O Messenger of God!’ The beduin said: ‘Now let it go back to its place!’ He commanded, and it went. Then the beduin said: ‘Allow me to prostrate before you.’ The Messenger (UWBP) replied: ‘No one is permitted to do that.’ The beduin said: ‘Then I will kiss your hands and feet,’ and he permitted him.”12
According to another narration, Jabir said: “God’s Messenger (UWBP) commanded me: ‘Tell those trees to join together for the relief of God’s
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 298; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 615; Bayhaqi, Dala’il al-Nubuwwa, vi, 14; al-Haythami, Majma’ al-Zawa’id, viii, 292; Ibn Kathir, al-Bidaya wa’l-Nihaya, vi, 125; al-‘Asqalani, al-Matalib al-‘Aliya, iv, 16 no: 3836; al-Hakim, al-Mustadrak, ii, 620; Ibn Hibban, Sahih, viii, 150.
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 299; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 49.