My Giving Tree


Once I had a very generous tree, a verdant and bushy tree. It used to give us the sweetest fruit you can ever taste and the amazing thing was that it never stopped to fruit. Its verdant, large leaves never became dry. Its bushy branches never became empty. Its tender and redolent flowers never stopped to bloom. 

It was always the source of delight and granting not only for my family, but also for all people around. It was our resort; the refuge to which we hurry at the hottest times of our days. It used to protect our house from the most violent winds . It used to give and give and never stopped giving, so it was my giving tree. 

My unique, giving tree was my late Dad, may Allah bless his soul. He was one of those very generous and rich souls who was created to give and give and never asked for return. He used to gather us under the shade of his great compassion, feed us the sweetest fruit of his wisdom and gladden us with the redolent flowers of his talk. 

One day we woke up to find out that our giving tree was no longer there. It suddenly had gone leaving a vast gap in all sides of our life. Since that day we feel huge emptiness not only in our house, but also in our souls. 

Amany Elmorshidy


5 thoughts on “My Giving Tree”

  1. may Allah forgive you , your dad and my dad .try to be that giving tree to the others around is the best what we can do in our life.

  2. Assalamu ‘alaikum wa Rahmatullah,

    May Allah shade your father under one of the biggest Tree in Paradise and may He also ease your sadness. After I read this, subhanAllah I cannot stop crying because I know we are lack of those giving trees today. And if we had this kind of tree in every Muslim’s home, mashaAllah, Allah would shade also the whole ummah with His own version of Giving Tree.

  3. Wa alikom assalam wr wb, dear sister Amina:)

    Your very nice words are such a comfort to my heart…Jazaki Allahu khairan and thanks a lot for visiting my blog 🙂

  4. References to parents have been made at least 15 times in the Holy Qur’an. There are numerous traditions of the Prophet Muhammad on this subject. I will first quote some of the Qur’anic verses here:

    “And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents. In travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in two years was his weaning. Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents; to Me is thy final goal.” (Chapter31: verse14)

    According to the above verse, gratitude to God and to parents go hand in hand. Gratitude to God is incomplete without showing gratitude to one’s parents. Since being grateful to God is a form of ibadah (worship) which earns heavenly rewards, it can therefore be said that being grateful to one’s parents also earns heavenly rewards.

    “Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or more attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say, “my Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy, even as they cherished me in childhood.” (17: 23,24)

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