Tree plantation plays an important role in environmental protection, economic development and beautification of earth. Allah Almighty has interconnected the lives of human beings with plants. Plants live off soil while humans and animals off plants. If agriculture of plants and plantation of trees are eradicated, life itself would be put in peril, Allah Almighty says:
وَهُوَ الَّذِيَ أَنزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاء مَاء فَأَخْرَجْنَا بِهِ نَبَاتَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ فَأَخْرَجْنَا مِنْهُ خَضِرًا نُّخْرِجُ مِنْهُ حَبًّا مُّتَرَاكِبًا وَمِنَ النَّخْلِ مِن طَلْعِهَا قِنْوَانٌ دَانِيَةٌ وَجَنَّاتٍ مِّنْ أَعْنَابٍ وَالزَّيْتُونَ وَالرُّمَّانَ مُشْتَبِهًا وَغَيْرَ مُتَشَابِهٍ انظُرُواْ إِلِى ثَمَرِهِ إِذَا أَثْمَرَ وَيَنْعِهِ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكُمْ لآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يُؤْمِنُونَ [۹۹سورة الأنعام].
It is He Who sends down water (rain) from the sky, and with it We bring forth vegetation of all kinds, and out of it We bring forth green stalks, from which We bring forth thick clustered grain. And out of the date-palm and its spathe come forth clusters of dates hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily! In these things there are signs for people who believe. [Al-An’am; 99]
Earth is the greatest bounty of Allah Almighty. Allah Almighty has not created human beings on this earth in vain rather He has elevated them above many creations, given them the great blessing of reasoning and thought and tasked them with construction and development of earth. Our food, shelter, medicine and other vital needs are derived from plants and trees. That is why many verses of the Holy Quran turn the attention of human beings towards the value of trees and plants. Allah Almighty says:
وَآيَةٌ لَهُمُ الْأَرْضُ الْمَيْتَةُ أَحْيَيْنَاهَا وَأَخْرَجْنَا مِنْهَا حَبًّا فَمِنْهُ يَأْكُلُونَ . وَجَعَلْنَا فِيهَا جَنَّاتٍ مِنْ نَخِيلٍ وَأَعْنَابٍ وَفَجَّرْنَا فِيهَا مِنَ الْعُيُونِ. لِيَأْكُلُوا مِنْ ثَمَرِهِ وَمَا عَمِلَتْهُ أَيْدِيهِمْ أَفَلَا يَشْكُرُون.
And a sign for them is the dead land. We gave it life, and We brought forth from it grains, so that they eat thereof. And We have made therein gardens of date-palms and grapes, and We have caused springs of water to gush forth therein. So that they may eat of the fruit thereof, and their hands made it not. Will they not, then, give thanks?
Tree plantation is considered one of the greatest good deeds in Islam and is labeled Saddaqa Jarriya (continuous charity). The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad Mustafa (peace and blessings be upon him) has practically and orally encouraged us towards tree plantation and land development.
عن أَنَسٍ رضي الله عنه، قَالَ، قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم: مَا مِنْ مُسْلِمٍ يَغْرِسُ غَرْسًا أَوْ يَزْرَعُ زَرْعًا فَيَأْكُلُ مِنْهُ طَيْرٌ أَوْ إِنْسَانٌ أَوْ بَهِيمَةٌ إِلاَّ كَانَ لَهُ بِهِ صَدَقَةٌ “متفق علي”
It is reported by Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: When a Muslim plants a tree or grows something, and from it birds or animals or humans eat, then it shall be counted from him as charity.
If we delve deep into Ahadith (Prophetic Traditions), we will realize the emphasis placed upon trees and plantation in Islam and the great good and reward it entails for a Muslim who plants a fruit tree. Hence planting trees and agriculture are considered actions which hold both worldly good and benefit as well as immense rewards in the hereafter.
The Islamic Emirate – just as it is actively engaged in a struggle against foreign invaders and their hirelings for the attainment of true peace and security – works within the limits of its resources for the prosperity, economic welfare, development and self-reliance of its beloved countrymen.
Therefore as spring approaches, it calls on its Mujahideen and every individual of its devout nation to plant one or several fruit or non-fruit trees for the beautification of earth and for the benefit of Almighty Allah’s creations.
They must understand that with tree plantation, they would be following the practical footsteps of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) and showing appreciation for the blessing of Allah Almighty by developing the earth and protecting the environment.
The Mujahideen and beloved countrymen must join hands in tree plantation and not hold back any effort in this regard.
Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Amirul Mumineen Sheikhul Hadith Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada
1395/12/8 ه ش
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.