Getting to Know Allah

Trees to Impress a God

The palm tree, the olive tree, the lotus tree and the acacia (a "gourd tree") are the only variety of trees found on Earth that Allah mentions by name, with palms being the most often cited by a wide margin. Trees, with perhaps the assistance of a strong wind, like everything else in His creation—except for some stubborn human beings who will be severely punished—bow down to Allah. 

22:18 Have you not seen that to Allah bows down whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on earth, as well as the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, the beasts and many of the people? And for many the punishment has been decreed. And he whom Allah humiliates, will have no one to honour him. Allah does whatever He pleases.


In two other revelations, it’s not just “many of the people”; it’s everyone and everything, including their shadows, prostrating themselves before Allah.

13:15 Those in the heavens and on the earth prostrate themselves to Allah willingly or unwillingly, and so do their shadows morning and evenings.

16:48 Have they not considered all the things Allah has created, casting their shades right and left, and prostrating themselves before Allah in humility?

Allah was obviously aware that the length of shadows is dependent on the angle of the sun.

25:45 Have you not considered your Lord, how He has stretched out the shadow? Had He willed, He would have made it still, then made the sun a signal thereof.

25:46 Then, We would have drawn it towards Us slowly.


Where you can find the trees that produce olive oil and olives.

23:18 And We send down water from heaven in measure, then lodge it in the ground, although we are Able to allow it to drain away.

23:19 Then through it We produce for you gardens of palm trees and vines, from which you get many fruits whereof you eat.

23:20 And a tree (the olive tree) growing out of Mount Sinai that produces oil and condiments for eaters.

Olive oil powers Allah’s Light.

24:35 Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. His light is like a niche in which there is a lamp, the lamp is in a glass, the glass is like a glittering star. It is kindled from a blessed olive tree, neither of the East nor the West. Its oil will almost shine, even if no fire has touched it. Light upon light, Allah guides to His Light whomever He pleases and gives the examples to mankind. Allah has knowledge of everything.

“Green trees” (assumed to be conifers), whose main use is as firewood.

36:80 It is He Who produces fire from green trees for you; and behold you are kindling flames from it.

The wood used to make a fire is “a boon to the desert-dwellers.”

56:71 Or did you see the fire which you kindle?

56:72 Did you make its timber to grow or were We the Growers?

56:73 We have made it a reminder and a boon to the desert-dwellers.

 56:74 Glorify, then, the name of your Great Lord.

The Tree of Zaqqum can be found in the depth of Allah’s Hell. Its fruit, when eaten, cooks your stomach from the inside.

44:43 The Tree of Zaqqum (the Tree of Bitterness) will certainly be

 44:44 The food of the sinner.

44:45 Like molten lead, which boils in the bellies;

44:46 Like boiling water.

The two types of trees that may be the most abundant in Paradise:

56:27 As for the Companions of the Right (people in heaven); and behold the Companions of the Right?

56:28 They are in the midst of thornless (sic) Lotus trees,

56:29 And braided acacias,


Muhammad couldn't have missed the biggest tree of Paradise during his visit with Allah to negotiate the daily prayers.

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet said, "There is a tree in Paradise (which is so big and huge that) if a rider travels in its shade for one hundred years, he would not be able to cross it."

Bukhari 54.474


If trees were pens… The following revelation has nothing to do with the 77,700 or so words in an English translation of the Koran, according to, but the number of words Allah hears: “He is hearing every sound in the universe distinctly at one and the same time, and no sound can absorb his hearing so completely that He may hear no other sound.”

31:27 Were all trees on earth so many pens and the sea, coupled by seven other seas, supplying them with ink, Allah’s Words would not be exhausted. Allah is, indeed, All-Mighty and Wise.