بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Aya of the day
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. And the example of a bad word is like a bad tree, uprooted from the surface of the earth, not having any stability. [Surat Ibrahim, 14: 24-26]
Lesson of the day: Be like a good tree
In the tafseer of these verses, a ‘good word’ is stated to be “la ilaha ila Allah”- there is no god but God. This good word is like a tree- it is firmly planted, and it’s branches grow and it gives fruits. That should be the effect of la ilaha ila Allah on us. We should give fruit- i.e. do good and benefit others.
Again, Ramadan is the perfect training ground for this. Our fasting and praying are all expressions of la ilaha ila Allah because we are doing these acts for Allah. Yet these acts should also, inshAllah, benefit others. We are taught to be more generous during Ramadan, and our fasts are invalidated by indecent speech and losing our temper. All of this is ‘giving fruit’. If we are true believers and these words have truly taken root in our hearts, then we should constantly try to think of this analogy and how to benefit others.