Syrian Islamic scholar Abdul Nafee Al-Rifai said in an April 8, 2023 show that aired on the Arabic-language Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Channel 9 (Turkey) that on the "decisive battle" on Judgement Day, the rocks and the trees in Palestine will tell the Muslims that Jews are hiding behind them and to come kill them, but that the gharqad tree will protect the Jews. He said that the gharqad is "one of the trees of the Jews", that the Jews have planted many gharqad trees throughout Palestine, and that in the early 1970s, the Jerusalem municipality has made it mandatory for people to plant gharqad trees under threat of having their electricity and water supply cut off if they fail to do so.
Abdul Nafee Al-Rifai: "Is it possible that the angels participate in the battles of the Muslims? Yes! They do and, inshallah, they will participate in the decisive battle when the fighting will be between the Jews and us. The Prophet Muhammad informed us about a decisive battle, which will be fought between the Jews and us. The Prophet Muhammad said: 'You, the Muslims, will be east of the Jordan River, and they will be west of the Jordan River.' Picture the map — it's just like that.
"Allah will make the rocks and the trees speak, and they will say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'
"The rocks and the trees will speak, with the exception of the gharqad, which is one of the trees of the Jews.
"The Jews know this, and this is why they plant in their lands — in the occupied lands — many gharqad trees. They also plant it in the gardens of their homes, even though the gharqad is a thorny tree, and is not useful, yet they make preparations for that decisive battle.
"Let me tell you something, the Kuwaiti Al-Mujtama' magazine reported in 1972 or 1973, I think, that the Jerusalem municipality has sent a message to all the houses occupied by the Jews in Jerusalem:
"'You must plant gharqad trees in the gardens of your homes, and if you don't have a garden, you must plant a gharqad at the door to your home, or else we will cut the electricity and water supply from your home.'"