Green Ahadith

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10 Green Ahadith

By Muhammad Fathi

Did the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) say anything about
saving our planet? Did he promote any ideas or practices relevant to
the world’s growing concern about the future of the earth and its
resources?

Below is a collection of the Prophet’s Ahadith

Plant a tree even if it is your last deed:

1. Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet
(peace and blessings be upon him) said, “If the Hour (the day of
Resurrection) is about to be established and one of you was holding a
palm shoot, let him take advantage of even one second before the Hour
is established to plant it.” (Reported by Ahmad and Al-Bukhan on the
authority of Anas in Al Adab Al-Mufrad,)

Planting trees is a renewable source of hasanat:

2. Anas also reported that the Prophet said, “If a Muslim plants a
tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats
from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (sadaqah) for him.”
(Bukhari)

Conserve resources even when used for rituals:

3. Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Al-`Aas (May Allah be pleased with him)
reported that the Prophet passed one day by Sa`d ibn Abi Waqas (May
Allah be pleased with him) while he was performing wudu’ (ritual
cleaning of body parts in preparation for prayer). The Prophet asked
Sa`d, “What is this wastage?” Sa`d replied “Is there wastage in wudu
also?” The Prophet said, “Yes, even if you are at a flowing river.”
(Ahmad and authenticated Ahmad Shakir)

Keeping environment clean is important:

4. The Prophet warned, “Beware of the three acts that cause you to be
cursed: relieving yourselves in shaded places (that people utilize),
in a walkway or in a watering place.” (Narrated by Mu`adh , hasan by
Al-Albani)

5. Abu Zarr Al-Ghafari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that
the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Removing harmful
things from the road is an act of charity (sadaqah).” (Narrated by Abu
Dharr Al-Ghafari)

No for over-consumption! Consider recycling and fixing before buying
new items:

6. Abdullah ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that
the Prophet said, “The believer is not he who eats his fill while his
neighbor is hungry.” (Saheeh al-Bukharee (112))

7. Asked about what the Prophet used to do in his house, the Prophet’s
wife, `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her), said that he used to
repair his shoes, sow his clothes and used to do all such household
works done by an average person. (Sahih Bukhari)

8. The Prophet said, “Whoever kills a sparrow or anything bigger than
that without a just cause, Allah will hold him accountable on the Day
of Judgment.” The listeners asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what is a
just cause?” He replied, “That he will kill it to eat, not simply to
chop off its head and then throw it away.” (An-Nasa’i)

Animals should be cared for:

9. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the
Prophet said, “A man felt very thirsty while he was on the way, there
he came across a well. He went down the well, quenched his thirst and
came out. Meanwhile he saw a dog panting and licking mud because of
excessive thirst. He said to himself, “This dog is suffering from
thirst as I did.” So, he went down the well again, filled his shoe
with water, held it with his mouth and watered the dog. Allah
appreciated him for that deed and forgave him.” The Companions said,
“O Allah’s Messenger! Is there a reward for us in serving the
animals?” He replied: “There is a reward for serving any living
being.” (Bukhari)

10. Abdullah ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that
the Prophet said, “A woman entered the (Hell) Fire because of a cat
which she had tied, neither giving it food nor setting it free to eat
from the vermin of the earth.” (Bukhari)

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