Islamic Studies

The Plant: A Lesson for Every Believer


The believers contemplate on the ayaat of Allah that have been left upon the earth, and only they see the creation around them as ayaat.

Allah ta’ala says,

وَتَرَى الْأَرْضَ هَامِدَةً فَإِذَا أَنزَلْنَا عَلَيْهَا الْمَاءَ اهْتَزَّتْ وَرَبَتْ وَأَنبَتَتْ مِن

كُلِّ زَوْجٍ بَهِيجٍ

“And you see the earth barren and lifeless, but when We pour down rain on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells, and it sprouts forth every kind of beautiful growth (in pairs).” (22:5)

What is the lesson for the believer in this?

Allah ta’ala reminds us that this plant is an ayah. Whenever we see a plant, we should remember the resurrection.

A simple plant is a reminder of the Day of Judgment for the believer.


Just as the earth will اهْتَزَّتْ,shake,  رَبَتْ,  swell and rise, أَنبَتَتْ, and sprout— on the Day of Judgment the earth will shake, then swell then sprout…but a plant will not be sprouting from the earth, rather it will be the companions of the grave: us.

Allah ta’ala describes the disbelievers saying:

وَلَهُمْ أَعْيُنٌ لَّا يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا

“and they have eyes, wherewith they see not.” (7:179)

Those who do not believe in Allah see a plant and nothing else, but those with emaan and hearts that understand see an ayah about resurrection.

We ask Allah ta’ala to make us  among those who take heed of His ayaat, Ameen.

About the author



Amatullah is a student of the Qur’an and its language. She completed the 2007 Ta’leem program at Al-Huda Institute in Canada and studied Qur’an, Tajweed (science of recitation) and Arabic in Cairo. Through her writings, she hopes to share the practical guidance taught to us by Allah and His Messenger and how to make spirituality an active part of our lives. She has completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work and will be completing a Masters program in 2014. Her experiences include working with immigrant seniors, refugee settlement, and accessibility for people with disabilities.

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  • Subhanallah!

    Thank you for sharing these reminders. The video of the plant growing and dying is fascinating and scary at the same time. Its like a human actually, from a baby to old age.

  • Jazakalakher sister

    Proof of the hadith of the prophet Muhammad SAW narrated by Al Bukhari that :
    “Allâh created mercy with a hundred parts. One of which was sent down upon the jinn and human beings and other living creatures. It is out of this one part that they love each other, show kindness to one another, and even the animals treat their offspring with affection. Allâh has reserved the remaining ninety-nine parts for his true worshippers on the Day of Judgment.” (Bukhari)

  • jezakiAllahu khayran what an amazing reminder Alhamdullilah

    one time i was talking to a self-claimed atheist and i asked her, you know if you wake up randomly and it’s the middle of the night, and you look out the window and everything is quiet, and then in just a few hours, everyone is up again…isn’t it like a resurrection? like everyone is dead, and then everyone comes back to life? what do you think about when you see that?

    and she answered, “a new day.”

    may Allah make us of those who truly ponder His ayaat

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