Today is Earth Day, and in honor of this special day, here are five ways Muslims can help take care of the Earth.
1- Plant a tree
This is a fun and fruitful family activity. Imam Bukhari said:
“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.” – Imam Bukhari.
There’s also a great Islamic book about planting trees called The Apple Tree. Perfect to introduce planting trees for little one.
2- Recycle at the Masjid
Start a recycling program at your local masjid. This is pretty simply and easy to do. There is so much waste at the masjid, especially during Ramadan, so I love seeing recycling bins for those water bottles and plastic plates. Look up recycling programs in your city and you can be that recycling coordinator for the masjid.
3- Keep the environment clean
There’s a hadith that says:
“Removing harmful things from the road is an act of charity (sadaqah).”
How cool would it be to organize with your local youth group at the masjid a cleaning day around the neighborhood? Or start small by picking up trash in the Masjid parking lot (you know you’ve found pits of dates during Ramadan in the parking lot post taraweeh).
4- Preserve water
There’s a Quran verse that says:
“And Allah has sent down rain from the sky and given life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who listen.” (Qur’an, 16:65)
Muslims use a lot of water from making ablution (wudu) to using bidets (super important). Just being conscious of water around us and trying not to waste water is our duty as Muslims.
5- Follow Eco-friendly Muslim blogs
What are some other ways Muslims can take care of their environment and be eco-friendly? What are some of your eco-friendly Muslim brands?
(All photos taken from Pinterest)