By Mohammad Hussein Bazzi
Translated by Arwa Mahmoud
Hundreds of visitors continue to flock Bint Jbeil, the Southern
Lebanese town considered the capital of Islamic Resistance, from
different parts of Lebanon and the world in an attempt to see the
Martyrs Tree, a tree stem cut in 2005 and placed in the main hall of
the town commemorating fighters who lost their lives in wars with
On Wednesday, August 1, 2007, the stem surprised the town
residents with natural green leaves growing out of its branches. The
branch was also surrounded by drops of musk that came out of a large
crack that was suddenly found in the stem.
The tree stem has names of the martyrs carved on small blocks of
wood, and it is painted in dark brown, symbolizing the color of the
land after absorbing the blood of the martyrs. After the July 2006
war with Israel, 43 more blocks were added with the names of the
martyrs of the recent war.
Town residents were astounded to find that the green leaves that
grew out of the branch were exactly 43.
This week, Bint Jbeil honors the memory of the martyrs that gave
their lives one year ago in the war with Israel. The timing of the
incident is considered a Godly miracle honoring the martyrs.
"On Saturday night we organized a festival celebrating the
victory in the war one year ago," explained a resident, "we had
invited Syrian poet Omar Al Farra. As he sat in the hall he asked
about the tree and eyed it with respect as Haj Selim Bazzi [leading
town figure] explained to him the idea of the monument and how it
was made. No leaves were in the monument at the time. Everything was
Lebanese immigrants have booked flights from the US, Canada, and
Australia, while people from different parts of Africa and the Gulf,
have started to flood the town to see the monument.
"Bint Jbeil has been called the capital of resistance and
liberation, the mother of the martyrs, and the town of the
revolutionaries," commented another resident, "Now it has a new
name: The Capital of Godly Miracles. May Allah bless this sacred
town and its martyrs and fighters, and may Allah bless all those who
have a heart, and who will learn."