Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:
The Prophet used to stand by a stem of a date-palm tree (while delivering a sermon). When the pulpit was placed for him we heard that stem crying like a pregnant she-camel till the Prophet got down from the pulpit and placed his hand over it.
You know when they say ‘even walls have ears’, they’re not lying. Everything that surrounds us can sense or feel (totally unofficial my-own-theory type statement). The way I see it, it’s part of a master plan. You see, everything around us senses or feels us, our actions, our sounds etc. For example, this Earth beneath your feet determines your footsteps, did you walk on Earth with pride or humility? This is how, on the Day of Judgement, there’ll be evidence for you or against you. You see? Even your skins will begin to speak, because Allah will give them the ability to do so. Only to provide evidence. All for THAT day.
So about the stem that cried.. Why did it cry? Because it would no longer have Prophet (SAW)’s company every now and then. Because it had been replaced by a wooden pulpit. Because only being of the littlest service to the Messenger (SAW) meant having the best of this world. Because only being related with him in any way was such an honor.
From being a random stem of a regular date-palm tree to ‘the Prophet’s pulpit’. SubhanAllah!
And notice the reaction of the Prophet (SAW). He gets down there and puts his hand over it, like he was consoling it. That is complete aww-ness. <3
Narrated Abu Hazim:
Sahl bin Sa’d was asked about the (Prophet’s) pulpit as to what thing it was made of? Sahl replied: “None remains alive amongst the people, who knows about it better than I. It was made of tamarisk (wood) of the forest. So and so, the slave of so and so prepared it for Allah’s Apostle . When it was constructed and place (in the Mosque), Allah’s Apostle stood on it facing the Qibla and said ‘Allahu Akbar’, and the people stood behind him (and led the people in prayer). He recited and bowed and the people bowed behind him. Then he raised his head and stepped back, got down and prostrated on the ground and then he again ascended the pulpit, recited, bowed, raised his head and stepped back, got down and prostrate on the ground. So, this is what I know about the pulpit.”
Ahmad bin Hanbal said, “As the Prophet was at a higher level than the people, there is no harm according to the above-mentioned Hadith if the Imam is at a higher level than his followers during the prayers.”
This is just FYI. Tamarisk was used to make the pulpit of the Prophet (SAW). It’s good to know. :)