And He it is Who sends down water from the sky. Thereby We bring forth the shoot of every plant, and from it We bring forth vegetation, from which We bring forth grain in closely packed rows; and from the date palm and from its sheaths, [We bring forth] clusters of dates hanging low, and gardens of grapes, olives, and pomegranates, like unto one another and yet not alike. Look upon their fruits, as they grow and ripen! Truly in that are signs for a people who believe.
The blessed olive tree, commonly referred to as the ‘tree of life’, has left its trace on the various landscapes, religions and cultures of the world. There is evidence that the cultivation of olives started more than 7000 years ago. The olive tree is adapted to grow, bear fruit and to give its ‘green liquid gold’ in the mild climate of the Mediterranean region, as well as in parts of Africa and Asia. Within Islam and according to scholars of Hadith, when the Great Flood in the time of Prophet Nuh subsided, the first thing to be seen on the earth was an olive tree. This sacred plant has come to symbolize peace, longevity, rejuvenation, and the Intellect.
It is with great pleasure that Rumi's Garden brings to you this 8mm prayer bead made from olive wood. We worked closely with a fifth generation tasbih workshop that uses basic tools and machinery to produce this wonderful piece. The brown and pistachio tasseling are the handwork of West African students who are currently seeking knowledge under the guidance of various ulema in Cairo.