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The Banu Umayyah are the accursed tree


بنو أمية هم الشجرة الملعونة

The Banu Umayyah are the accursed tree.


It is determined by the report of al Bukhari and others from Sayyidina Ibn ‘Abbas radiya Llahu ‘anhuma that the accursed tree refers to the tree of al Zaqqum.[1]

It is the same tree which was shown to Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in Hell.

Hafiz Ibn Hajar says, “This is correct.”[2]

Al Tirmidhi states, “This hadith is Hassan sahih.”[3]

As regards interpreting it to mean the Banu Umayyah, this is one of the lies and fabrications of Ahmed ibn al Tayyib. Hafiz mentions that one of his reckless contentions is his claim that there is no difference of opinion between any of the Muslims that this is the meaning of the verse.

I say: O kadhab! The mufassirin are unanimous that it was a vision which was shown to Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and it refers to the tree of al zaqqum.

Ibn Kathir has labelled this ludicrous tafsir, “Gharib. Da’if.”[4]

Al Qurtubi has called this tafsir far-fetched. He quotes from al Tirmidhi the authenticity of the isnad of Sayyidina Ibn ‘Abbas radiya Llahu ‘anhuma that it is definitely the tree of al Zaqqum.[5]

Al Tabari categorically stated that this is the correct view, i.e. it is the tree of al Zaqqum.[6]

This Ahmed is responsible for signalling al Mu’tadid to curse Sayyidina Muawiyah radiya Llahu ‘anhu on the pulpits. He claims that Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:


إن معاوية في تابوت من نار في أسفل التابوت درك ينادي يا حنان يا منان فيقال له  آلْآنَ وَقَدْ عَصَيْتَ قَبْلُ وَكُنْتَ مِنَ الْمُفْسِدِيْنَ

Muawiyah is in a casket of fire in the lowest level of caskets calling out, “O Hannan! O Mannan!”

It is said to him: Now? And you had disobeyed [Him] before and were of the corrupters?[7]


Hafiz follows this up by saying, “This is batil (false) mawdu’ (fabricated), a distinct forgery. If Ahmed ibn al Tayyib did not fabricate it, then someone besides him from the Rawafid did.”[8]

Hafiz reports that Ahmed held the view of the philosophers and that he was killed while intoxicated.[9]

One who circulates such lies is nothing but a rafidi kadhab drunkard!

Al Khatib al Baghdadi has documented from the chain of Muhammad ibn Zakariyya al Ghulabi:


إن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم نظر إلى قوم من بني فلان يتبخترون في مشيتهم فعرف الغضب في وجهه ثم قرأ و الشجرة الملعونة في القرآن فقيل له أي الشجرة هي يا رسول الله حتى نجتثها فقال ليست بشجرة نبات إنما هم بنو فلان إذا ملكوا جاروا

The Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam saw a group from Banu so and so strutting in their walk. Anger was discerned from his face. He then recited: As was the accursed tree [mentioned] in the Qur’an.

He was asked, “Which tree is that, O Messenger of Allah, so that we may uproot it?”

Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam explained, “It is not a growing tree. It is Banu so and so. When they rule, they will oppress.”[10]


Al Daraqutni comments, “A Basri. He was a fabricator.”[11]

At a time when Paul was successful in polluting the teaching of al Masih ‘alayh al Salam with philosophy and lies; his brother Ibn Saba’ failed miserably at his attempt to do this with the pristine teachings of Islam for Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala has promised to protect His revelation.


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[1] Sahih al Bukhari Hadith: 3675.

[2] Fath al Bari vol. 8 pg. 399.

[3] Sunan al Tirmidhi vol. 5 pg. 302.

[4] Tafsir Ibn Kathir vol. 5 pg. 60.

[5] Tafsir al Qurtubi vol. 10 pg. 282.

[6] Tafsir al Tabari vol. 15 pg. 115.

[7] Surah Yunus: 91.

[8] Lisan al Mizan vol. 1 pg. 202.

[9] Ibid.

[10] Tarikh Baghdad vol. 3 pg. 343.

[11] Al Du’afa’ wa al Matrukun Biography: 484.

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