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A well-rubbed Palm-stem

In the midst of the tumult among the men of Medina when they met to elect a chief to take the place of Mohammed, who had passed away, the voice of Hobab was heard crying out, "Attend to me, attend to me, for I am the well-rubbed palm-stem."

The figure Hobab used represented a palm-trunk left for the beasts to come and rub themselves upon. It was a metaphor for a person much resorted to for counsel.

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