him, more worthless than a dead tree? Do they not resemble pieces of wood, fit for the fire?
Corroborating the miracles concerning trees and reported in the form of ‘consensus,’ is the miracle of the moaning of the pole. Yes, the pole’s moaning in the Prophet’s (UWBP) mosque before a vast crowd because of its temporary separation from him both confirms and corroborates the instances of miracles related to trees. For the pole also was of wood; their substance was the same. However, although there is a consensus of opinion concerning the reports of this miracle, the other miracles are unanimously agreed upon only as a class; there is mostly no clear consensus about them individually or as separate instances.
When delivering the sermon in the mosque, God’s Noble Messenger (UWBP) used to lean against a pole consisting of a date-palm. But when the pulpit was made, he began to give the sermon from there. Whereupon the pole moaned and wailed like a camel; the whole congregation heard it. Only when the God’s Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) came down from the pulpit, and placed his hand on it, speaking to it and consoling it, did the pole stop moaning.1 This miracle of Muhammad (UWBP) was narrated through numerous chains of transmission, and there was agreement concerning it.
Indeed, the miracle of the moaning of the pole is very widely known and there is ‘true consensus (hakikî mütevatir)’ concerning it.2 Hundreds of authorities on Hadith of the subsequent generation narrated the miracle through fifteen chains of transmission3 from an illustrious group of Companions, and passed it down to succeeding centuries. From that group, eminent scholars among the Companions and leading experts on Hadith such as Anas b. Malik4 and Jabir b. ‘Abdullah al-Ansari5 – both servants of the Prophet (UWBP), ‘Abdullah b. ‘Umar,6 ‘Abdullah b. ‘Abbas,7 Sahl
Bukhari, Manaqib, 25; Jum’a, 26; Ibn Maja, Iqama, 199; Nasa’i, Jum’a, 17; Tirmidhi, Jum’a, 10; Manaqib, 6; Darimi, Muqaddima, 6; Salat, 202; Musnad, i, 249.
See, al-Kattani, Nazm al-Mutanathir, 134-5.
Ibn Kathir, al-Bidaya wa’l-Nihaya, 125-132.
Bukhari, Manaqib, 25; Tirmidhi, Manaqib, 6; Jum’a, 10; Ibn Maja, Iqamat al-Salat, 199; Darimi, Muqaddima, 6; Salat, 202; Musnad, i, 249, 267, 363; iii, 226.
Bukhari, Manaqib, 25; Tirmidhi, Manaqib, 6; Jum’a, 10; Nasa’i, Jum’a, 17; Ibn Maja, Iqamat al-Salat, 199; Darimi, Muqaddima, 6 (3 different lines from Jabir); Salat, 202; Musnad, iii, 293, 295, 306, 324.
Bukhari, Manaqib, 25; Tirmidhi, Jum^a, 10; Tirmidhi (Tahqiq: Ahmad Shakir), no: 505; Manaqib, 6; Darimi, Muqaddima, 6.
Tirmidhi, Manaqib, 6; Jum’a, 10; Darimi, Muqaddima, 6; Salat, 202; Musnad, i, 249, 363.