When my blogposts show up on Twitter, they do so with this image.
It’s a Gharqad tree; aka “the tree of the Jews”! Why? Well, there’s a Hadith (the Haditha are the collected remembrances of the Prophet Muhammad’s life and sayings; they are part of Islamic scripture, along with the Quran) that we find in Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Number 6985.
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me;
come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.
That’s correct! Judgement Day will not come until the Muslims fight and destroy the Jews, and when that day comes all of creation will turn against the Jews and they will hide behind rocks and trees for safety. BUT! The anti-Semitic rocks and trees will yell out to the Muslims: “Look, there’s a Jew hiding behind me!” Only the Gharqad tree will not speak and will hide the Jews, hence it is “the tree of the Jews.”
Many Muslims believe that Israelis plant this tree for safety, knowing that their day of reckoning is coming. Some Muslims actually consider this particular Hadith “false,” in the sense that it seems to contradict parts of the Quran. Nevertheless, the Hadith, and variations of the Hadith, show up in several collections, often with just rocks pointing out the presence of Jews.