How You Gain From Going Green
We’ve all been taught the three R’s in school: reduce, reuse, and recycle. But what many of us may not know is the importance Islam places on such practices. Although our time on this Earth is certainly limited, Muslims should undoubtedly care for the Earth and its environment, as it is a blessing from Allah and the home of future generations. Anas ibn Malik reported that the Prophet states that even planting a tree is a good deed, saying, “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). Abdullah ibn Amr reported that the Prophet (PBUH) recomended to use as little water as possible, saying that water can be wasted “even if you are at a flowing river.” (Ahmad and authenticated Ahmad Shakir) Even something as simple as picking up litter on the street shall not go unnoticed, as the Messanger of Allah (PBUH) stated “Removing harmful things from the road is an act of sadqah.” The Prophet (PBUH) also remarked that “The believer is not he who eats his fill while his neighbor is hungry”, not only teaching compassion, but advising against overconsumption as well (Authenticated by Al-Albani). So let us all engage in acts to preserve the beuatiful world Allah has blessed us with, as it stands to not only benefit ourselves and those around us in this life, but in the hereafter as well.