I originally was thinking to write a persuasive article convincing people to plant a tree. But when I read the words below I realize there is nothing that I can say that is more convincing.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Any Muslim who plants a tree, then whatever is eaten from it is sadaqah (charity) on his behalf; what is stolen from it is also sadaqah; what animals eat from it is also sadaqah;what birds eat from it is also sadaqah; whosoever takes anything from the tree, it is sadaqah(for the one who has planted the tree).”
(Sahih Bukhari Vol. 8, Book 73, Number 41)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:”If the Hour is about to be established and one of you was holding a palm tree shoot, let him take advantage of even one second before the Hour is established to plant it.”
(Reported by Ahmad and Al-Bukhan on the authority of Anas in Al Adab Al-Mufrad, see also Sahih Al- Jami’ Al-Saghir, Number 1424)
All I can do is ask:
Why are we not planting trees?
Here is a picture of one of the Tamarind trees I planted from a seed.
I am growing a few other trees as well including an Avocado tree.
Growing a tree is simple. Get a seed and plant it in soil and water it. Keeping it alive until maturity is somewhat more difficult but with a little research and effort it is achievable. Search on the Internet for the tree you want to grow and read a few different resources for your particular tree.
Experience is the best teacher. Try to grow a tree and learn from mistakes. Turn problems into solutions. If you have questions about growing any tree, ask me and I will try to help inshAllah.
Please send me pictures of the trees you grow along with the name of the tree, location and any other info, I will post them here.