Quran 4:34

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Islam and trees…..

Did you not see that to God submit what is in the heavens and what is in the earth, and the sun and the moon and the stars and the mountains and the trees and what moves, and many people, and many who have deserved the retribution. Whoever God disgraces, then none can honor him. God does what He pleases. (Quran 22:18)

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“I was throwing stones at a date-palm belonging to some of the Ansar. They tool me along with them to the Prophet (ﷺ). He said: “O Rafi’! Why were you throwing stones at their date-palm?’” He said: “I said: ‘Out of hunger, O Messenger of Allah! He said: ‘Do not throw stones at them, eat what falls. May Allah fill you and quench your thirst.’”

The Prophet (ﷺ) used to stand by a tree or a date-palm on Friday. Then an Ansari woman or man said. “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Shall we make a pulpit for you?” He replied, “If you wish.” So they made a pulpit for him and when it was Friday, he proceeded towards the pulpit (for delivering the sermon). The datepalm cried like a child! The Prophet (ﷺ) descended (the pulpit) and embraced it while it continued moaning like a child being quietened. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “It was crying for (missing) what it used to hear of religious knowledge given near to it.”

The Prophet said: “Whoever says: ‘Glory is to Allah, the Magnificent, and with His Praise (Subhan Allahil-Azim, Wa Bihamdih)’ a date-palm tree is planted for him in Paradise.”

To overlook…

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O ye who believe! Truly, among your wives and your children are (some that are) enemies to yourselves: so beware of them! But if ye forgive and overlook, and cover up (their faults), verily God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (64:14)

We created not the heavens, the earth, and all between them, but for just ends. And the Hour is surely coming (when this will be manifest). So overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness. (15:85)

Let not those among you who are endued with grace and amplitude of means resolve by oath against helping their kinsmen, those in want, and those who have left their homes in God’s cause: let them forgive and overlook, do you not wish that God should forgive you? For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (24:22)

Those are people whose best deeds will be accepted and whose wrong deeds will be overlooked. They are among the Companions of the Garden, in fulfilment of the true promise made to them. (46:16)

Quite a number of the People of the Book wish they could Turn you (people) back to infidelity after ye have believed, from selfish envy, after the Truth hath become Manifest unto them: But forgive and overlook, Till Allah accomplish His purpose; for Allah Hath power over all things. (2:109)

Joseph, overlook this; but you [wife], ask forgiveness for your sin- you have done wrong.’ (12:29)

And do not please the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and overlook the pain they cause and rely upon Allah; and Allah suffices as a Trustee. (33:48)

Anything bad that happens to you is a consequence of your own deeds, and He overlooks many (of your sins). (42:30)

…so overlook them and say: Peace.(43:89)

Hasten towards forgiveness from your Lord and a garden broader than Heaven and Earth which has been prepared for those who do their duty, who spend [for others] throughout happiness and hardships and suppress their anger and overlook what other people do. God loves the kindly, (3: 133-134)

He it is, Who (hears and) accepts His servants´ repentance. He overlooks and excuses (many of) your misdeeds; but He does know everything you do. (42:25)

O you who believe, do not ask about matters which, if revealed to you prematurely, would hurt you. If you ask about them in light of the Quran, they will become obvious to you. GOD has deliberately overlooked them. GOD is Forgiver, Clement. (5:101)

(O believers, if you are worried that God will take every soul to account even for what the soul keeps within it of intentions and plans, know that) God burdens no soul except within its capacity: in its favor is whatever (good) it earns, and against it whatever (evil) it merits. (So, pray thus to your Lord:) “Our Lord, take us not to task if we forget or make mistake. Our Lord, lay not on us a burden such as You laid on those gone before us. Our Lord, impose not on us what we do not have the power to bear. And overlook our faults, and forgive us, and have mercy upon us. You are our Guardian and Owner (to Whom We entrust our affairs and on Whom we rely) so help us and grant us victory against the disbelieving people!” (2:286)

So, with mercy from Allah, you dealt gently with them. And had you been strict, harsh-hearted, surely they would have moved away from your precincts; so overlook them (their faults) and invoke forgiveness for them and consult them in the affair. Then when you have taken a stand (on the matter), then put (your) trust in Allah. Certainly Allah loves those who put (their) trust (in Him). (3:159)

No matter where you may set out from, turn your face towards the Hallowed Mosque. It means the Truth from your Lord; nor will God overlook whatever you are doing. (2:149)

God hereby promises to raise the good deeds of the believers to the heaven and to overlooktheir mistakes. The one who obeys God and His Prophet, has indeed achieved the real success. (33:71)

God will overlook their wrongdoings and reward their good deeds. (39:35)

…but He will overlook the bad deeds of those who have faith, do good deeds, and believe in what has been sent down to Muhammad––the truth from their Lord––and He will put them into a good state. (47:2)

And if you have to overlook them [for now], seeking the mercy of your Lord which you expect [in the future], speak to them gentle words. (17:28)

O believers, if you follow the path shown by God, He will give you a standard (of right and wrong), and overlook your sins, and forgive you. God is abounding in benevolence. (8:29)

And do not let those of you who possess grace and (financial) capability (to help), swear not to give to relatives and to the poor and the migrants in the way of Allah, and let them pardon and overlook. Do you not like that Allah should (also) protectively forgive you? And Allah is Protectively Forgiving, Merciful. (24:23)

We will overlook their evil deeds, and reward them with the finest of whatever they have been doing. (29:7)

(Oh prophet), tell those who believe, “The unbelievers do not expect the ´days of Allah´ _(the Day of Resurrection and all days after that). Overlook them, so He may compensate people in accordance with the deeds they earn!” (45:14)

On the last two verses of Surah Baqarah…

The Prophet believes in that which has been revealed to him from his Sustainer as do the believers.  Each one believes in Allah and Her angels and Her revelations and Her messengers, making no distinction between any of the messengers and they say, “We have heard and we obey.  Please grant us Your Forgiveness, our Sustainer and Cherisher, and to You we shall return.  God/dess does not obligate anyone beyond their capacity.  Each receives what it is due.  They pray please forgive us if we forget or make mistakes and do not burden us as you burdened those before us. Do not burden us with more than we can bear.  Pardon and forgive us; have Mercy on us. You are our Protector – so keep us safe from those disbelievers who are against us. (Surah Baqarah, 2: 285-286)

Narrated By Abu Mas’ud: The Prophet said, “If somebody recited the last two Verses of Surat Al-Baqara at night, that will be sufficient for him.”
Sahih Bukhari Volume 006, Book 061, Hadith Number 530

Abd al-Rahman b. Yazid reported: I met Abu Mas’ud near the House (Ka’ba) and said to him: A Hadith has been conveyed to me on your authority about the two (concluding verses of Surah al-Baqara. He said: Yes. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) (in fact) said: Anyone who recites the two verses at the end of Surah al-Baqara at night, they would suffice for him.
Sahih Muslim Book 004, Hadith Number 1761

Narated By ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Yazid : I asked Abu Mus’ud while he was making circumambulation of the Ka’bah (about the recitation of some verses from the Qur’an). He said: The Apostle of Allah (pbuh) said: If anyone recites two verses from the last of Sura al-Baqarah at night, they will be sufficient for him.
Abu Dawud Book 002, Hadith Number 1392

The ways you take differ greatly…

The ways you take differ greatly.
There is the one who gives, who is mindful of God,
who testifies to goodness––
We shall smooth his way towards ease.
There is the one who is miserly, who is self-satisfied,
who denies goodness––
We shallsmooth his way towards hardship.

Surah 92: 4-10

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remember …

And do thou,

O Prophet Muhammad,

remember thy Sustainer and Cherisher

within thyself humbly and with awe,

below thy breath, at morn and evening.

And be not thou of the neglectful.

–Quran 7:205–

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serving the world….

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Strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world;

by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life.

Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind.

Bhagavad Gita

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And behold, those who have chosen to be graced with belief,

and do works that help others –

it is they, they who are the best of all created beings.

Qur’an 98:7