Ahadith Related to the Environment

Published January 28, 2014

By Dr. Jamal Ahmed Badi

A believer is like a growing tree

“The example of a believer is that of a fresh tender plant; from whatever direction the wind comes, it bends it, but when the wind quiets down, the plant becomes straight again…” narrated by Abu Hurayra (Bukhari)

Plant a tree even if it’s your last deed

“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.” (Al-Albani)

Planting trees is a Sadaqa-e-Jaria

“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) from him.” (Bukhari)

Conserve resources

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, happened to pass by a Companion, Sa’d, as he was performing ablution (wudhu) next to a river. At this, the Prophet said, “Sa’d what is this squandering?” Sa’d replied: “Can there be an idea of squandering (israf) in ablution?”

The Prophet said: “Yes, even if you are by the side of a flowing river.” (Ibn Majah)

Keeping the environment sanitary

“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.” – Narrated by Mu`adh (Al-Albani)

About street clean-ups

“Removing harmful things from the road is an act of charity (sadaqah).” (Narrated by Abu Dharr Al-Ghafari)

Say no to over-consumption

Abdullah ibn `Abbas reported that the Prophet said, “The believer is not he who eats his fill while his neighbor is hungry.” (Al-Albani)

Consider recycling and mending

When asked about how the Prophet used to live in his house, the Prophet’s wife, `A’ishah, said that he used to repair his own shoes, sew his clothes and carry out all such household chores done without complaint or want for more. (Al-Albani)

Eat less!

“Nothing is worse than a person who fills his stomach.” (Ibn Majah)

Collected by Eco Muslim

Dr. Jamal Ahmed BadiAuthor Dr. Jamal Ahmed Badi is a professor at the International University of Malaysia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University in 1982 and a Bachelor’s from the Islamic University of al-Madinah al-Munawarah in Usuluddin and Da’wah, with honors. He obtained his Master’s degree in 1990 and Doctorate in Usuluddin in 1994, both with honors.

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