Date Palm – “The Tree of Life”

Called the “Tree of Life,” the date palm is said in Arab Muslim legend to have been made from the dust that was left over after the creation of Adam, and it was the first cultivated tree in history, having been grown in Arabia for at least 8,000 years.

Directions for the date palm’s husbandry are recorded on sun-baked bricks made in Mesopotamia (Iraq) more than 5,000 years ago, and the date palm is mentioned in the Holy Quran and in the poetry and proverbs of the Middle East. It is used as a symbol in the Arab world, particularly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and is the architectural inspiration for columns in the Arab world – mistakenly referred to as Corinthian columns – at both ancient and more recent sacred sites in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, East Jerusalem, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya among other places. Ancient Phoenician coins have images of date palms.

Islam tradition regards the date palm tree as the ”Tree of Life’”, and ancient traditions place it in the Garden of Eden. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) salutations and blessings be upon him said “There is among the trees, one which is blessed – it is the date palm, for it was created from the earth left over from the creation of Adam.”

Via Ahmed Khan

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