hat Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be uponhim) Said about the Environment
The Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) recognized the importance of lookingafter the environment. He taught that human beings were God¶s agents on the earthand it is their duty to protect it. On one occasion, he said:
³The world is green and beautiful, and God has appointed you his guardian over it.´
(Sahih Muslim)He encouraged believers to plant trees and regarded it a sin to destroy them without avalid reason. He said:
³There is none amongst the believers who plants a tree or sows a seed and then a bird,a person or an animal eats from it, except that it is regarded as a charity [for which hecan expect God¶s pleasure and reward].´
(Sahih al-Bukhari)Keeping the earth green, productive and of benefit to humans and animals is a mostnoble concern according to Islam.We learn from the Prophet (blessings and peace beupon him) that the sowing of plants is such a righteous action in the sight of God that itis encouraged, even if it were a person¶s final act on earth. The Prophet (blessings andpeace be upon him) said:³Even when the Day of Judgment comes (upon you), if anyone has a seed in his hand,he should plant it.´ (Ahmad)The Prophet considered all of God¶s creations to be important and he believed animals,land, trees and the rest of the environment and natural resources should have rightsand be protected.