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10 Teachings of Prophet Muhammad on Environment

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Teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on Environment

 

  • 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? 

Today, with the increasing awareness of the dangers facing our planet and the great interest in green ideas, a reflection on the guidance of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in this area proves helpful and relevant. 

 

What is distinctive about the Prophet's approach to environmental issues is the connection he established between green practices and the Hereafter reward, which represents for Muslims an incentive greater than any worldly gain or reward and, as a result, prompts a greater care for the earth and more effort to conserve its resources.

 

10 Teachings of Prophet Muhammad on Environment

 

Plant a tree even if it is your last deed:

1. “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.” 

 

Planting trees is a renewable source of hasanat:

2. "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. The Prophet asked Sa'd`d, "Why is this wastage?" Sa'd replied  "Is there wastage in Wudhu (ablution) also?" The Prophet said, "Yes, even if you are at a flowing river." (Ahmad)

 

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 utilise)
In a walkway or
In a watering place." 

 

5.  "Removing harmful things from the road is an act of charity (sadaqah)." 

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

 

6. Asked about what the Prophet (SAW) 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.

 

7.  "The believer is not he who eats his fill while his neighbour is hungry." 

 

Animals should be cared for:

8. "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)

 

9. "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. "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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