Reward for Planting Trees and Houseplants

Title Reward for Planting Trees and Houseplants

It says in a hadith that even if you sow a seed, you will get the reward. Do we get the reward of growing plants in a pot like houseplants? And if we take good care of them but they die, do we get the sin for that?

  Date 02/May/2006
  Name of Counsellor Dr. `Abdul-Wahhab ibn Nasir Al-Tariri
  Topic Environment

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Muslims are required by Islam to keep the environment around them pure and clean. True Muslim are those who appreciate the beauty surrounding them. This may explain many of the Prophetic hadiths that talk about the merits of planting trees and other acts that benefit people.

Responding to the question, Sheikh Abdul-Wahhab ibn Nasir Al-Tariri, former professor of the Shari `ah at Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University in Saudi Arabia, states the following:

The are a number of hadiths which refer to the issue mentioned in the question. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said, “Whenever Muslims plant a tree, they will earn the reward of charity because of the food that comes from it; and likewise what is stolen from it, what the wild beasts eat out of it, what the birds eat out of it, and what people take from it is charity for them” (Muslim).

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is also reported to have said, “Muslims will always earn the reward of charity for planting a tree, sowing a crop and then birds, humans, and animals eat from it” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Allah knows best about how this might apply to potted houseplants which are merely kept in the home for decoration and household purposes. Houseplants do not provide the types of general benefit mentioned in the hadith as being the reasons for the reward. The hadith describes the reward for planting a tree to be that of charity. The hadith goes on to describe the charity as being gained through the food the tree provides for humans and animals.

We might extend the meaning of the hadith by analogy to other benefits that plants provide to people, animals and the environment. For instance, trees provide shade along the road and contribute to the beauty of the urban environment. These are important benefits that are enjoyed by the general public. Likewise, trees provide habitation and shelter for birds and many other animals.

However, similar benefits to the public can be likened to charity, but most people keep houseplants at home for beautification, fresh air, and other purely personal reasons. Therefore, we cannot easily extend the hadith’s of charity meaning to such plants. However, we cannot rule out a reward for taking care of such plants. If the houseplant dies without there being fault or negligence on the part of the owner, then there is, of course, no sin upon the owner for its death.

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2 Responses to “Reward for Planting Trees and Houseplants”

  1. Rina Says:

    I do not agree with what you said about house plants and trees grown at home. It is all about niyyat or intention. If a person grows a tree even at his/her place with the niyyat that the tree or plant will provide shelter/shade to the animals/birds and people, l believe he/she deserves a reward. If he or she plants a tree or plant at home for improving the environment then he or she should get tge reward. lf the plant or tree is planted for sawab then one may get rewarded. lf people stop planting trees and house plants, it would have negative effects on the envronment specially in the cities. The animals and birds.. also insects will suffer along with people. All you need to do is have a good intention weather you are planting a tree or a house plant or building a house.. even general routine activities and you will get rewarded. Allah is very kind and knows what is in our hearts. Allah knows best. It is just my feeling that good intentions do not get wasted.

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