Under The Shade of Trees

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an1968

Man, however uncivilized or narrow his life, is never insensitive to the good that his surroundings offer. Take the case of even a humble wood-cutter. Sitting in front of his hut, he may not be able to interpret what he beholds around him, but he certainly feels that everything around him contributes to his comfort. When he falls ill, he eats the herbs close to him to cure his illness. When he feels the heat of the sun, he seats himself under the shade of trees. In hours of unoccupation, he cools his eyes by looking at green fields and beautiful flowers. The trees around provide him with fruit. When they dry up, they supply planks for him. In his hearths, they glow into flames and help him to cook his food and so forth.

“(It is He) who even out of the green trees hath given you fire, and indeed, ye kindle fire from it.”

Surah: Ya Sin (Ya Sin) – Chapter: 36 – Verse: 80