If the Last Hour
comes while one of you has a palm seedling in his hand, which he can plant
before it falls, let him plant it. 1
The palm seedling will only bear fruit years later when the Day
of Judgment is imminent, but the order of Prophet Muhammad r
is: Plant it.
It is not: Repent! Pray! Ask forgiveness! Rather, Plant it.
This is simple, yet teaches the whole law of Islam.
There is only one path leading to both and connecting them
together. One path – its beginning in
this world and its end in the hereafter. A path on which worship is nothing
different from work; where both are one thing in the sight of Islam, moving
along side by side.
Once they meet and merge
into one, the same thing happens inside the soul and the inner conflict over divergent
goals is solved. With them united, life is no longer divided into worship and
work – nor the individual into body and soul, nor one’s aims into practical and
abstract, realistic and idealistic – for every deed becomes in itself an act of
worship and a means of approaching Allah U.
utterance of glorification (Glory be to Allah) is an act of charity (good
deed); every utterance of magnification (Allah is the Greatest) is an act of
charity; every utterance of praise (All praise be to Allah) is an act of charity;
every declaration of the Oneness of Allah (There is no god but Allah) is an act
of charity; enjoinment of good is an act of charity; forbiddance of evil is an
act of charity; and the marital sexual intercourse one
of you have is an act of charity.”
The Companions asked, “O Messenger of Allah, is there a
reward for one of us when he satisfies his desire?”
said, “Tell me, if he were to place it in that which is forbidden, would it
not be a sin on him? Similarly, when he places it in that which is lawful, he
will have a reward.”2
With his sincere push to
work and persistence in it, the Prophet r teaches that there is no room for despair.
Take action, work, plant,
have faith to the last moment.
Working to the last
moment of life must not stop because of despair of the results. All obstacles,
impossibilities, or fears have no weight and must not prevent action.
Exert the effort, and
leave to Allah how and when its fruits will be picked up.
Exert it with complete
faith; that is your duty and mission and there they end – at planting the
seedling in the land, not picking up the fruits.
This was the way of the
He r always planted the seedling, even without knowing what would happen
The Quraish might
conspire against him and kill him.
He r, along with the believers, might die of hunger
under their merciless siege.
But despite all
hardships, he r
always planted the seedling, giving it
all the needed care until Allah willed for it to yield fruit.
This is the way of this
New World of Muhammad r.
Any hand holding a
seedling should plant it.
How will it grow amid
Or evil besetting it?
Do not ask.
It is not your task.
it, and rest confident in the Hands you entrusted it to.3
Narrated by Anas bin Malik: Musnad Ahmad, Book of Al-Mukthrin, Hadith
no. 12512; a similar
version is also reported by Ahmad (12435).
2 Narrated by Abu Dharr: Sahih Muslim, Book of Zakah,
Hadith no. 1674; similar versions are also reported by Ahmad (20457, 20496,
Adapted from Muhammad Qutb, Qabasat min
Ar-Rasul, chapter of
Plant It, Dar Al-Shorouk.