(3) Quite a number of stories tell how trees and stones saluted Muhammad as the Apostle
of God, and how trees followed him or moved at his command. From these we select one,
though modesty requires the omission of some words in it. The story is told by Muslim 1
on the authority of Jabir: "We travelled with the Apostle of God until we descended
into a spacious valley . . . . And lo! two trees at the edge of the valley . . . . The
Apostle of God took hold of a branch of one of them, and said, 'Follow me, with God's
permission.' Accordingly it followed him, like the camel with a nose-ring which comes
slowly after its guide, until he came to the other tree. He took hold of one of its
branches and said 'Follow me with God's permission,' And it followed him thus, until he
was to the midst of the space between them. He said, 'Meet above me, with the permission
of God.' Then they met." Jabir goes on to say that, glancing aside quietly he himself
saw that, when Muhammad had done with the trees, they returned to their places.
(4) As a specimen of another class of asserted miracles we select the following, given
by Anas.2 "Verily there was a man who used to write for the Prophet. Then
he apostatized from Islam and joined the Polytheists. Accordingly the Prophet said:
'Verily the earth shall not receive him.' Abu Talhah therefore informed me that he came to
the land in which the man had died, and found him cast out. He said, 'What is the matter
with this man?' They said, 'We have buried him several times, and the earth would not
receive him.'" Muslim men of learning have never been able to agree who this
unfortunate man was.
(5) On the authority of the same Jabir, Al Bukhari tells the following story.3
" The Prophet, when preaching, had leaned on the trunk of a date-palm, one of the
columns of the Mosque. When, therefore, the pulpit
was made for him and he stood upon it, the date-palm by which he was wont to
preach cried out so that it was near splitting. Accordingly the Prophet descended till he
took it and pressed it to him. Then it began to wail with the wailing of the babe which is
being soothed to silence, until it was pacified. He said, 'It wept because it was not [any
longer] listening to the Warning.'"1
(6) At Tirmidhi and Ad Darimi 2 relate the following tale on the authority
of 'Ali ibn Abi Talib "I 3 was with the Prophet at Mecca. We went out into
one of its neighbouring districts. No mountain or tree met him that did not say, 'Peace be
upon thee, O Apostle of God."'
(7) Ibn 'Abbas is the authority for the following. "Verily 4 a woman
brought a son of hers to the Apostle of God, and she said: 'O Apostle of God, verily my
son has a demon in him, and verily he surely seizes him at our breakfast and our supper.'
Therefore the Apostle of God rubbed his chest and prayed. Accordingly [the child] vomited,
and there came out from within him as it were a black whelp."
(8) Ad Darimi tells 5 the story of how Muhammad on one occasion called a
thorn-tree to come to him. It came, ploughing up the ground, and stood before him: and at
his bidding it thrice recited the words, "There is no god but God alone: He hath no
partner and Muhammad is His servant and His Apostle."
(9) At Tirmidhi vouches for the truth of the tale that,5 at Muhammad's
command, a bunch of dates fell from a date-palm, to prove to an Arab of the Desert that
Muhammad was a Prophet. Then, at his bidding, the bunch of dates returned to its former
position on the tree.
(10) In the First Part of the Turkish work entitled