On behalf of everyone at Muslim Hands, we'd like to say a huge thank you to you! In just two weeks, you have sponsored 700 olive trees in Masjid Al-Aqsa, a beautiful Sadaqah Jariyah to maintain these blessed trees.
'If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person, or an animal, eats from it, it is regarded as a Sadaqah for him'. [Bukhari]
Planting any tree is an excellent Sadaqah Jariyah which, as the hadith mentions, will benefit many creatures. But the olive trees of Masjid Al-Aqsa are no ordinary trees. This is an extra-special Sadaqah Jariyah that we're honoured to be a part of - and here's why!
The Qur'anic status of Al-Aqsa's olives
Olives are mentioned in the Qur’an six times, as well as being alluded to a seventh time in Surah Yusuf. But the olives of Masjid Al-Aqsa have an even higher status: Allah (swt) swears by them in the Qur'an!
Qatadah, Ibn Zayd and others said of the olive sworn by here, ‘It is the Masjid of Jerusalem’ [Ibn Katheer], meaning Masjid Al-Aqsa.
SubhanAllah, Allah swears by the olives of Masjid Al-Aqsa in the same Surah in which He (swt) swears by Makkah. What am extraordinarily high status!
Additionally, the people who benefit from these olive trees are also blessed:
Allah (swt) blesses the surroundings of Al-Aqsa in the Qur'an. Yet today, the people who live around the Blessed Masjid are struggling. 80% of Palestinians who live in East Jerusalem are impoverished.
Because the olives grown within Masjid Al-Aqsa have such a high Qur’anic status, they are seen as truly priceless and thus they are never sold. Instead, their oil is always gifted - mostly to the poor families who live in Jerusalem. SubhanAllah, your sponsorship is not only an amazing Sadaqah Jariyah - it is also helping people in need!
What will this sponsorship do?
Each sponsorship costs just £5 a month. This includes maintaining the tree, harvesting the olives and producing the oil, and distributing the olive oil to the families who live in Blessed Al-Quds (Jerusalem).
All 700 trees now have regular sponsors, but if you still want to take part, don't worry! Give us a call on 0115 911 7222, and we'll put you on a waiting list. If one of the trees becomes available for sponsorship again, we'll let you know so you can share in this Sadaqah Jariyah!
And if you want to give to another project in Masjid Al-Aqsa, we're also renovating its historic cemetery, Bab ar-Rahmah. Established by Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra) around 1,400 years ago, this is the third most prominent cemetery in the Islamic world, after Jannat al-Baqi in Madinah and Jannat al-Mu'allah in Makkah.
Our renovation plans include repairing graves, repaving pathways, maintenance and much more. You can learn more about the history and religious significance of this Islamic landmark in our comprehensive article.
On the authority of Abu Dharr (ra) who said, ‘We were in discussion and we were with the Messenger of Allah (saw). (We asked him), “Which is better? The Masjid of the Messenger of Allah (saw) or Bait al-Maqdis (i.e. Masjid Al-Aqsa)?” Then the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “One prayer in my Masjid is better than four prayers in it (i.e. Bait al-Maqdis) and what an amazing place of worship it is! There will surely soon come a time for a man to have land equivalent to his horse’s rope where he can see Bait al-Maqdis will be better for him that the whole world!”’ [Hakim]
Once more, we would like to say a huge thank you for sponsoring the olive trees of Masjid Al-Aqsa! We are honoured and delighted to facilitate this beautiful Sadaqah Jariyah, and we pray you reap it rewards for many years to come, ameen.