Hadith on Charity: The Rewards of Planting Trees in Islam

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 2320
Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, but is regarded as a charitable gift for him.”

  • This hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari, narrated by Anas bin Malik, teaches us that planting trees and sowing seeds are actions that are highly valued in Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) states that if a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds and then someone, whether it be a bird, animal, or human being, benefits from it, then the planter will be rewarded for it. This hadith emphasizes the importance of taking care of the environment and the living creatures that inhabit it. It encourages Muslims to be mindful of the impact of their actions on the environment and to take steps to preserve it. In Islam, the environment is considered a trust from Allah, and it is the responsibility of every Muslim to protect it. Furthermore, this hadith also highlights the concept of charity in Islam. Charity is not limited to giving money or material possessions, but it can also be in the form of good deeds that benefit others, including animals and the environment. Muslims are encouraged to be generous and charitable in all aspects of their lives, whether it be through monetary donations, volunteering, or simply planting a tree.