Green Scripture Project

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The Islamic tradition, like many other faiths, is rich with wisdom about our relationship with the environment. The Qur'an calls upon humans to reflect upon the miracle of creation, build our inner and outer selves through nature, witness the sacredness of the natural world, and maintain the balance that has been set, and so much more. Some have estimated that as many as 750 verses in the Quran are related to nature. Many more volumes on this topic have been conveyed through the sayings of the Prophets and spiritual sages across history.

The purpose of the Green Scripture Project is to capture, organize and encourage reflection upon scripture and wisdom from the Islamic tradition related to the environment.

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  • Aspect of Nature: The aspect of nature or community that the reading describes.
  • Principle: The principle or concept the reading emphasizes.The options that are available were selected from Camille Helminski's The Book of Nature, published by the Book Foundation.

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    On God re-inheriting the earth

    i April 17, 2013 2 Comments » by Sameer SIddiqi

    In the 19th chapter of the Qur’an, God says, “It is We who will inherit the earth and all who are on it: they will all be returned to Us.”

    It’s not uncommon for friends of ours to ask us to water their plants or keep an eye on their car while they’re traveling. It’s not uncommon to be extremely cautious and sensitive to even the smallest scratch or over/under-watering. When you apply that scenario to the verse above, in which God is saying  that the earth is – temporarily – in our care, can we truly say that we conduct ourselves in the same way? Are we as hyper-sensitive about taking care of the earth as we are about taking care of something entrusted to us by a friend?

Source Type
Aspect of Nature
RevelationQur'an3There truly are signs in the creation of the heavens and earth, and in the alternation of night and day, for those with understanding, who remember God standing, sitting, and lying down, who reflect on the creation of the heavens and earth: ‘Our Lord! You have not created all this without purpose- You are far above that!- so protect us from the torment of the Fire.Air/Sky, HeavensUnity, Communication
RevelationQur'an2563The servants of the Lord of Mercy are those who walk lightly on the earth, and who, when the foolish address them, reply, ‘Peace’EarthHumility
RevelationQur'an8817Do they not see how the camel is formed?AnimalsBeauty or Awe, Adaptability
RevelationQur'an2441[Prophet], do you not see that all those who are in the heavens and earth praise God, as do the birds with wings outstretched? Each knows its [own way] of prayer and glorification: God has full knowledge of what they do.Animals, PlantsUnity, Communication
Prophetic Saying or HadithRiyad as-Salihin8967Al-Barqani added: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) entered an orchard belonging to an Ansari and saw there a camel. When it saw him, it began to groan and its eyes shed tears. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) approached it and patted it on the hump and the base of its head until it quieted down. Then he (pbuh) asked, "Who is the owner of this camel? To whom does it belong?" An Ansari youth stepped forward and said: "It is mine O Messenger of Allah!" He said, "Do you not fear Allah in respect of this beast which Allah has placed in your possession? This camel is complaining to me that you starve it and put it to toil."AnimalsInterdependence, Stewardship
Prophetic Saying or HadithRiyad as-Salihin8968Anas reported: When we encamped, we would not offer (voluntary) prayers until we had unsaddled our beasts.AnimalsInterdependence, Stewardship
RevelationQur'an4153We shall show them Our signs in every region of the earth and in themselves, until it becomes clear to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that your Lord witnesses everything?Earth, HumanityCommunication
RevelationQur'an84I swear by the glow of sunset, by the night and what it covers, by the full moon, you will progress from stage to stage.HeavensBeauty or Awe, Communication
Prophetic Saying or HadithSahih Muslim103769Anas reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying Never does a Muslim plant trees or cultivate land and birds or a man or a beast eat out of them but that is a charity on his behalf.Animals, PlantsInterdependence, Stewardship
Prophetic Saying or HadithAhmad0the Prophet passed one day by Sa`d ibn Abi Waqas (May Allah be pleased with him) while he was performing wudu' (ritual cleaning of body parts in preparation for prayer). The prophet asked Sa`d, "What is this wastage?" Sa`d replied "Is there wastage in wudu also?" The Prophet said, "Yes, even if you are at a flowing river."Sea/WaterStewardship
Prophetic Saying or HadithAn-Nasa'i0The Prophet said, "Whoever kills a sparrow or anything bigger than that without a just cause, Allah will hold him accountable on the Day of Judgment." The listeners asked, "O Messenger of Allah, what is a just cause?" He replied, "That he will kill it to eat, not simply to chop off its head and then throw it away." AnimalsHumility, Stewardship
Prophetic Saying or HadithAl Adab Al Mufrad2011Abdullah reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, stopped in a place and then someone took a bird's eggs and the bird began to beat its wings around the head of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. He asked, "Which of you has taken its eggs?" A man said, "Messenger of Allah, I have taken its eggs." The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Return them out off mercy to the bird."AnimalsHumility, Respect
Prophetic Saying or HadithImam Nawawi's 4000"...So the Almighty has said: "O (you) Messengers! Eat of the Tayyibaat [all kinds of Halaal (legal) foods], and perform righteous deeds." and the Almighty has said: "O you who believe! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you." Then he mentioned [the case] of a man who, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty, and who spreads out his hands to the sky saying "O Lord! O Lord!", while his food is Haraam (unlawful), his drink is Haraam, his clothing is Haraam, and he has been nourished with Haraam, so how can [his supplication] be answered ?!Animals, PlantsInterdependence, Stewardship
Prophetic Saying or HadithRiyad as-Salihin1929Regarding resurrection: "Then Allah will send down water from the sky and people will grow like green vegetables."PlantsTransformation and Rejuvenation
RevelationQur'an1940It is We who will inherit the earth and all who are on it: they will all be returned to Us.EarthStewardship
Aphorism or Proverbal-Muwatta4931Abu Hurayrah advised: ‘O son of my brother, be kind to your sheep, wipe their mucus from them, improve their pastures and pray in their vicinity; for they are among the animals of Paradise.'AnimalsBeauty and Awe, Purity
RevelationQur'an2218"Are you not aware that before God prostrate themselves all [things and beings] that are in the heavens and that are on earth- the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the mountains, and the trees, and the beasts?"
Animals, Heavens, Earth, PlantsWorship
RevelationQur'an2312"Now indeed, We create humanity out of the essence of clay"
Sea/Water, Earth, HumanityInterdependence
RevelationQur'an1649"Before God prostrates itself all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth- every beast that moves, and the angels: [even] these do not bear themselves with false pride"
RevelationQur'an1665"And God sends down water from the skies, giving life thereby to the earth after it had been lifeless: in this, behold, there is a message indeed for people who listen."
Sea/Water, Earth, PlantsTransformation
RevelationQur'an16"And consider how your Sustainer has inspired the bee: 'Prepare for thyself dwellings in mountains and in trees, and in what people may build for thee by way of hives; and then eat of all manner of fruit, and follow humbly the paths ordained for thee by thy Sustainer.' And behold! there issues from within these bees a fluid of many hues, wherein there is health for humanity. In all this, behold, there is a message indeed for people who think!"
Animals, Humanity, PlantsInterdependence, Beauty or Awe
RevelationQur'an133"And it is God who has spread the earth wide and placed on it firm mountains and running waters, and created thereon two sexes of every kind of plant; and it is God who causes the night to cover the day. Verily, in all this there are messages indeed for people who think!"
Sea/Water, Heavens, Earth, Humanity, PlantsBeauty or Awe, Diversity
RevelationQur'an3041"Since they have become oblivious of God, corruption has appeared on land and in the sea as an outcome of what people's hands have wrought: and so God will let them taste the evil of their own doings, so that they might return [to the right path]."
Sea/Water, Earth, HumanityInterdependence, Power, Pollution
RevelationQur'an55"...At God's command the sun and the moon run their appointed courses; before God prostrate themselves the stars and the trees. And the skies has God raised high, and has devised for all things a measure, so that you too, O humanity, might never transgress the measure of what is right: weigh, therefore, your deeds with equity, and cut not the measure short! And the earth has God spread out for all living beings, with fruit thereon, and palm trees with sheathed clusters of dates, and grain growing tall on its stalks, and sweet-smelling plants. Which, then, of your Sustainer's blessings would you deny?"Animals, Air/Sky, Heavens, Earth, Humanity, PlantsBeauty or Awe, Humility, Stewardship
RevelationQur'an571"All that is in the heavens and on earth extols God's limitless glory: for God alone is almighty, truly wise!"
Animals, Sea/Water, Air/Sky, Heavens, Earth, Humanity, PlantsUnity, Beauty or Awe, Power, Communication, Humility
RevelationQur'an756"Do not spread corruption on earth after it has been so well ordered. And call unto the One with fear and longing: verily, God's grace is ever near unto the doers of good!"
Earth, HumanityPower, Stewardship, Pollution
RevelationQur'an757"And God it is who sends forth the winds as a glad tiding of coming grace- so that, when they have brought heavy clouds, We may drive them towards dead land and cause thereby water to descend; and by this means do We cause all manner of fruit to come forth. Even thus shall We cause the dead to come forth: and this you ought to keep in mind."
Sea/Water, Air/Sky, Earth, Humanity, PlantsPower, Transformation
RevelationQuran2168O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemyEarth, Humanity, Food Humility, Stewardship
Prophetic Saying or HadithSahih Bukhari1071Allah's Messenger said, "There is non amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bir, or a person or an animal eats from it, but is regarded as a charitable gift from him;Animals, Sea/Water, Earth, Humanity, PlantsUnity, Interdependence, Communication, Humility, Transformation, Stewardship, Creativity, Diversity
RevelationQur'an225"And if you are still in doubt as to resurrection, consider this: you can see the earth dry and lifeless- and, suddenly, when We send down waters upon it, it stirs and swells and puts forth every kind of lovely plant!"

[Muhammad Asad translation]
Sea/Water, Earth, Humanity, PlantsTransformation, Resurrection
Prophetic Saying or HadithNahj al-FasahahIf Resurrection is starting and one of you has a sapling in his hand which he can plant before he stands up he must do so.[Plants, HumanityStewardship
Aphorism or ProverbBihaar al-Anwaar, Volume 75, p. 23475Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq is reported to have said: There is no joy in life unless three things are available: clean fresh air, abundant pure water, and fertile land.Air/Sky, Sea/Water, EarthUnity, Interdependence
RevelationQur'an2179And We made the mountains and the birds to celebrate our praise along with DavidEarth, AnimalsCommunication, Unity
RevelationQur'an3818Indeed, We subjected the mountains [to praise] with him, exalting [ Allah ] in the [late] afternoon and [after] sunriseEarthCommunication, Unity
RevelationQur'an1744And there is not a thing but that it glorifies Him with His praise but you do not understand their glorificationAnimals, PlantsCommunication, Unity
RevelationQur'an2164Most surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day, and the ships that run in the sea with that which profits men and the water that God sends down from the cloud, then gives life with it to the earth after its death and spreads in it all (kinds of) animals, and the changing of the winds and the clouds that are made subservient between the heaven and the earth, there are signs for a people who understand.Heavens, Air/Sky, Sea/WaterBeauty or Awe, Communication, Power, Humility
RevelationQur'an2130And We have made of water everything livingSea/WaterUnity
RevelationQur'an2445God created every moving creature from water. Among them there is what walks on its belly and of them there is what walks on two feet and of them there is what walks on four. God creates what He wills. Truly, God is Powerful over everything.Animals, Sea/WaterUnity
RevelationQur'an2548It is He who sends the winds as heralds of good news before His Mercy. We send down pure water from the sky,Air/Sky, Sea/WaterMercy
RevelationQur'an6730Say, ‘Just think: if all your water were to sink deep into the earth who could give you flowing water in its place?’Sea/WaterMercy
RevelationQur'an2055From it (earth) We created you and into it We shall send you back and from it We will raise you a second timeEarth, HumanityHumility, Unity
Prophetic Saying or Hadithal-Mu’jam al-Kabir565And take care of the earth for verily she is your motherEarth, HumanityStewardship
RevelationQur'an6715It is He who has made the earth manageable for you––travel its regions; eat His provision- and to Him you will be resurrected.Earth, HumanityHumility, Interdependence
RevelationQur'an710And We granted you dominion on Earth, and made for you in it a habitat; little do you give thanks!Earth, HumanityHumility, Interdependence
RevelationQur'an1161And We sent to Thamud their brother Salih. He said: O my folk! Worship God. You have no god other than He. He caused you to grow from the earth and settled you on it. So ask for His forgiveness. Again, repent to Him. Truly, my Lord is Near, One Who Answers.Earth, HumanityHumility
Aphorism or ProverbNahj al-BalaaghahGod has sent Adam to make the earth flourish by the help of his offspringEarth, HumanityMercy
Aphorism or ProverbNahj al-Balaaghah53Imam Ali in a letter to his governor said: ‘You should be more concerned with the construction (physical development) of the land than collecting the land tax’.Earth, HumanityStewardship
Aphorism or ProverbBihaar al-Anwaar329Imam Ali said, "Fear God regarding His servants and lands! You are responsible for the lands and the animals."Earth, Animals, PlantsStewardship
Prophetic Saying or HadithWasaa’il al-Shi’a11The Holy Prophet said: ‘Unless you are compelled, do not cut down a tree!’PlantsStewardship, Humility
Prophetic Saying or HadithAl-Kaafi5Before battles, the Prophet always gave instruction to his soldiers not to harm women, children, the elderly, and those who surrendered and not to destroy or burn farms and gardens.PlantsStewardship, Humility
Prophetic Saying or HadithHurr Amili, Wasaa’il al-Shi‘a17Whoever waters a date or lote tree it is as if he has given a drink to a thirsty believer.PlantsMercy
Aphorism or ProverbAl-Kaafi5260Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq said, "Farm and plant! By God, there is no occupation more lawful and pleasant than this."PlantsUnity, Stewardship
Aphorism or ProverbAl-Kaafi6537Imam Sadiq: ‘There are six rights for the beasts that their owners should observe: they should not be forced to carry what they do not have the strength to bear, they should not be ridden while the rider is speaking, they should be given their provisions when they stop, they should not be branded (imprinted) or burnt, they must not be stricken at their face because they glorify God and they should be allowed to drink when they pass by water’.AnimalsMercy, Stewardship, Interdependence
Prophetic Saying or HadithSahih Bukhari12712A woman will be put in the hell because she imprisoned a cat until the cat diedAnimalsMercy, Stewardship
Aphorism or ProverbMasaalik al-AfhaamThe great Shi’a jurist, Zayn al-Din al-’Amili wrote, "In the same way that spending money for saving a human being is compulsory, spending money to save a respected animal is compulsory, even if that animal belongs to another person.[AnimalsMercy, Stewardship
Aphorism or ProverbJawaahir al-Kalaam5114Mohammad Hasan al-Najafi wrote, "If by using water for making ritual ablution one is worried that an animal whose life is respected may become thirsty he must make tayammum (that is, ablution with soil instead of water), even though that animal is a dog.AnimalsMercy, Stewardship
Aphorism or ProverbJawaahir al-Kalaam31395Mohammad Hasan al-Najafi wrote, "It is compulsory to provide animals with what they need like food, water and a place.AnimalsMercy, Stewardship, Interdependence
Aphorism or ProverbWasaa’il al-Shi‘ah8356Imam Ali said: ‘Whoever curses an animal he himself will be cursed by God’AnimalsHumility
Aphorism or ProverbWasaa’il al-Shi‘ah16258An animal like a sheep or camel must not be slaughtered in front of another one.AnimalsMercy
RevelationQur'an229It is He Who created for you all that is in and on the earth. Again, He turned His attention to the heaven. Then, He shaped them into seven heavens. And He is Knowing of everything.Earth, HeavensBeauty or Awe, Power
RevelationQur'an4513He has subjected all that is in the heavens and the earth for your benefit, as a gift from Him. There truly are signs in this for those who reflect.Earth, HeavensMercy, Stewardship, Interdependence
RevelationQur'an3120Are you not aware that God has made subservient to you all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth, and has lavished upon you His blessings, both outward and inward?Earth, HeavensMercy, Interdependence
RevelationQur'an1610It is He who sends down water for you from the sky, from which comes a drink for you, and the shrubs that you feed to your animalsSea/Water, Air/SkyMercy, Interdependence
RevelationQur'an2265Have you not considered how God has made everything on the earth of service to you? That ships sail the sea at His command? That He keeps the heavens from falling down on the earth without His permission? God is most compassionate and most merciful to mankind-Sea/Water, Air/Sky, HeavensMercy, Interdependence
RevelationQur'an1432It is God who created the heavens and earth, who has sent down water from the sky and with it brought forth produce to nourish you; He has made ships useful to you, sailing the sea by His command, and the rivers too;Sea/Water, Air/Sky, HeavensMercy, Interdependence
RevelationQur'an165/6/2013And He created the cattle for you, you have in them warm clothing and many (uses) advantages, and of them you can eat. And there is beauty in them for you when you drive them back home and when you send them forth to pasture.AnimalsBeauty or Awe, Transformation
RevelationQur'an2760Who created the heavens and earth? Who sends down water from the sky for you- with which We cause gardens of delight to grow: you have no power to make the trees grow in them- is it another god beside God?Sea/Water, Plants, Air/SkyTransformation, Mercy, Humility
RevelationQur'an507And the earth, We stretched it out and cast on it firm mountains and caused in it to develop every lovely, diverse pairEarthPower
RevelationQur'an225People, [remember,] if you doubt the Resurrection, that We created you from dust, then a drop of fluid, then a clinging form, then a lump of flesh, both shaped and unshaped: We mean to make Our power clear to you. Whatever We choose We cause to remain in the womb for an appointed time, then We bring you forth as infants and then you grow and reach maturity. Some die young and some are left to live on to such an age that they forget all they once knew. You sometimes see the earth lifeless, yet when We send down water it stirs and swells and produces every kind of joyous growthHumanityHumility
Prophetic Saying or HadithBihaar al-Anwaar3129There are three things which cause brightness of the eyes:
to look at greenery, running water and a beautiful face.
Plants, Sea/WaterBeauty or Awe, Interdependence
RevelationQur'an796And if the people of the towns had believed and guarded (against evil) We would certainly have opened up for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they rejected, so we overtook them for what they had earned.Earth, HumanityPower
RevelationQur'an2371And should the truth follow their low (carnal) desires surely the heavens and the earth and all those who are therein would have perished and been corrupted.Earth, HumanityPower
RevelationQur'an3372We offered the trust unto the heavens and the earth and the hills but they shrank from bearing it and were afraid of it. And man assumed itEarthPower, Humility
RevelationQur'an230[Prophet], when your Lord told the angels, ‘I am putting a successor on earth,’ they said, ‘How can You put someone there who will cause damage and bloodshed, when we celebrate Your praise and proclaim Your holiness?’ but He said, ‘I know things you do not.’Earth, HumanityStewardship
RevelationQur'an6165It is He who made you successors on the earth and raised some of you above others in rank, to test you through what He gives you. [Prophet], your Lord is swift in punishment, yet He is most forgiving and merciful.Earth, HumanityStewardship, Humility
RevelationQur'an3539it is He who made you [people] successors to the land. Those who deny the truth will bear the consequences: their denial will only make them more odious to their Lord, and add only to their loss.Earth, HumanityStewardship
RevelationQur'an458God commands you [people] to return things entrusted to you to their rightful owners, and, if you judge between people, to do so with justice: God’s instructions to you are excellent, for He hears and sees everything.Earth, HumanityStewardship
Aphorism or ProverbHurr Amili, Wasaa’il al-Shi‘a1728Imam Hasan is quoted as saying: ‘In respect to your worldly affairs, act as if you are going to live here forever, and in respect to your afterlife act as if you are going to die tomorrow!’Earth, HumanityStewardship
Prophetic Saying or HadithHurr Amili, Wasaa’il al-Shi‘a244There are six things that will be beneficial for a believer even after his death: a child who asks God’s forgiveness for him, a book that remains from him, a tree that he plants, a well that he digs, a charity which he gives, and a good conduct that he establishes and is practiced by others after him.PlantsInterpendence
Prophetic Saying or HadithNahj al-Fasaaha703the Prophet said: ‘Surely God is clean and loves the clean, so clean your courtyard’.EarthBeauty or Awe, Stewardship
RevelationQur'an731And eat and drink and be not extravagant, surely He does not love the extravagant; And do not squander wastefully. Surely the squanderers are friends of satans and Satan is ever ungrateful to his Lord.HumanitySustenance
Prophetic Saying or HadithNawawi's 40 Hadith132The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) says, "No harm shall be inflicted or reciprocated in Islam.HumanityStewardship
RevelationQur'an2204There is [a kind of] man whose views on the life of this world may please you [Prophet], he even calls on God to witness what is in his heart, yet he is the bitterest of opponents. When he leaves, he sets out to spread corruption in the land, destroying crops and live-stock- God does not like corruption.Humanity, Plants, AnimalsStewardship
RevelationQur'an756Do no mischief on the earth, after it has been set in order, but call on Him with fear and longing (in your hearts): for the Mercy of God is (always) near to those who do goodHumanity, EarthStewardship
RevelationQur'an36"And [humanity] has a sign [of Our power to create and to resurrect] in the lifeless earth which We make alive, and out of which We bring forth grain, whereof they may eat; and [how] We make gardens of date-palms and vines grow thereon, and cause springs to gush forth within it, so that they may eat of the fruit thereof, though it was not their hands that made it. Will they not, then, be grateful?"

[Muhammad Asad translation]
Sea/Water, Earth, Humanity, PlantsHumility, Transformation, Resurrection
RevelationQur'an36"And of Our sway over all that exists they have a sign in the night; We withdraw from it the light of day- and lo! they are in darkness. And they have a sign in the sun: it runs in an orbit of its own- that is laid down by the will of the Almighty, the All-Knowing; and in the moon, for which We have determined phases which it must traverse until it becomes like an old date-stalk, dried-up and curved: and neither the sun may overtake the moon, nor can the night usurp the time of day, since all of them float through space in accordance with Our laws."

[Muhammad Asad translation]
Air/Sky, HeavensPower
RevelationQur'an1737"And do not walk upon the earth with insolence: for thou cannot rend the earth asunder, nor reach the mountains in height."

[Yusuf Ali translation]
Earth, HumanityHumility
Prophetic Saying or HadithKanz al-'UmmalThe Prophet (saw) said, "There is absolutely no food better consumed than consuming from the earnings of one's own hands and the Prophet of Allah David (as) would eat from the labour of his hand."Earth, PlantsStewardship
Prophetic Saying or Hadithal-Mu'jam al-Kabir, TabraniRabi’ah al-Jurashi said that Rasulullah salallahu alaihi wa salim said, "Protect the earth, for indeed, she is your mother."EarthStewardship
Prophetic Saying or HadithBaihaqi, Shamaa'il KubraThe Prophet salallahu alaihi wa salim is reported to have said, "All creatures are Allah’s family; and Allah loves most those who treat His family well and kindly."CreationStewardship
RevelationQuran99"When the earth is shaken violently in its [last] quaking, when the earth throws out its burdens, when man cries, ‘What is happening to it?’; on that Day, it will tell all because your Lord will inspire it [to do so]."Earth, HumanityPower, Stewardship
RevelationQuran6"There is no creature moving on the earth, nor a bird flying on its wings, but they are all communities like you, We have not missed anything in the Book. Then, to their Lord all of them shall be gathered."6:38

To me this is a reminder that animal are just like us, they form communities, they are to be respected and not to be over utilized. Many incidents that took place during the life of the Prophet (PBUH) to teach us respect and humane treatment of animals.
AnimalsInterdependence, Adaptability, Diversity
RevelationQur'an80“Then let people look at their food. How We poured down water in torrents, Then We broke open the Earth, splitting [it with sprouts]. And caused to grow within it grain, and grapes, and herbage, and olives, and palm trees, and gardens of dense shrubbery. And fruit and grass- As enjoyment for you & your animals.”Animals, Sea/Water, Earth, Humanity, PlantsInterdependence, Diversity, Gratitude
Prophetic Saying or Hadithal-Kafi, v. 5, p. 264, no. 92. Ja'far al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) said, 'Do not cut down fruit trees for Allah will pour down punishment unto you.’Plants, treesAdaptability
Prophetic Saying or HadithKanz al-`Ummal, no. 9051The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, 'Every single Muslim that cultivates or plants anything of which humans, animals or birds may eat from is counted as charity
towards them on his behalf.’
Animals, PlantsUnity, Interdependence, Stewardship
Prophetic Saying or HadithEIlal al-Shara’i`a, p. 577, no. 1The Prophet (SAWA) said, 'Do not insult the winds for verily they are commanded [to blow], nor insult the mountains, nor time, nor the days, nor the nights, lest you transgress thereby and it comes back to you.’Air/Sky, Earth, days, nights,Interdependence, Beauty or Awe, Power, Adaptability
Prophetic Saying or HadithNahj al-Balagha, Sermon 167Ali ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him) said, 'Be careful of your duty to Allah with respect to His people as well as His places, for verily you will be answerable even for the places [you frequented] and the animals. Obey Allah and do not disobey Him.’Animals, EarthStewardship
Prophetic Saying or Hadithal-Kafi, v. 5, p. 261, no. 7Ja'far al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) said, 'The farmers are the treasures of mankind for they plant and harvest the good things that Allah has made grow. On the Day of Resurrection, they will occupy the best and nearest position [to Allah] and will be called the blessed ones.’Animals, Earth, PlantsInterdependence, Adaptability, Stewardship
Prophetic Saying or HadithMustadrak al-Wasail, v. 13, p. 461, no. 15898Ja'far al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) said, 'There is no occupation more beloved to Allah than agriculture, and every single prophet that Allah sent down was a farmer except Prophet Enoch [Prophet Enoch (pbuh) is known as Idris in the Arabic tradition (ed.)] (pbuh) who was a tailor.’Earth, Humanity, PlantsInterdependence, Adaptability, Humility, Stewardship
Prophetic Saying or HadithKanz al-`Ummal, no. 15188The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The sky of this world was created from a
controlled surge.’
Air/SkyBeauty or Awe, Power, Creativity
Prophetic Saying or HadithKanz al-`Ummal, no. 15119The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Everything has been created from water.Animals, Sea/Water, Air/Sky, Heavens, Earth, Humanity, PlantsUnity, Beauty or Awe, Power, Transformation, Creativity
RevelationQur'an1665"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."Sea/Water, Air/Sky, Earth, HumanityBeauty or Awe, Power, Humility, Transformation, Creativity
RevelationQur'an509"And We have sent down blessed rain from the sky and made grow thereby gardens and grain from the harvest." Sea/Water, Air/Sky, Earth, PlantsBeauty or Awe, Power, Creativity
RevelationQur'an260“Eat and drink from the provision of Allah, and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption." Earth, HumanityPower, Adaptability, Stewardship
RevelationQur'an3041"...So... let them taste part of (the consequences of) what they have done that perhaps they will return (to righteousness).”Earth, HumanityPower, Humility, Stewardship