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.”

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the ants…

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Until, when they came upon the valley of the ants, an ant said,

“O ants, enter your homes so that you do not be crushed by Solomon and his soldiers while they do not feel it.”

(Quran 27:18)

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There is no land animal nor a bird that flies with wings who are not nations like you.

We didn’t miss a thing in the Book then to their Lord they will be gathered.

(Quran 6:38)

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The seven heavens and the earth and everyone in them glorify Allah;

and there is nothing that doesn’t glorify their Creator thankfully;

but you (humans) do not understand their glorification.

Allah is Compassionate, Merciful.

(Quran 17:44)

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Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:

An ant had bitten a Prophet (one among the earlier Prophets) and he ordered that the colony of the ants should be burnt.

And Allah revealed to him:

” Because of an ant’s bite you have burnt a community from among the communities which sings My glory.”

(Sahih Muslim)

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The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“God, His angels and all those in Heavens and on Earth,

even ants in their hills and fish in the water, call down blessings on those

who instruct others in beneficial knowledge.”

(Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 422)