Does picking and plucking grass and leaves of trees unnecessarily mean preventing their dhikr?
Submitted by on Thu, 27/10/2016 - 00:34
Dear Brother / Sister,
Everything, from the sky to the earth, from atoms to globes, has been glorifying Allah since the creation of the universe. In fact, the following is stated in the Quran:
"The seven heavens and the earth, and all beings therein, declare His glory: there not a thing but celebrates His praise; and yet ye understand not how they declare His glory! Verily He is Oft- Forbearing, Most Forgiving."(al-Isra, 17/44)
The skies, plants, all creatures mention Allah. The gurgling of water, swishing of leaves, squeaking of doors, rattling of the roof are all dhikr of Allah. Every bird that flies in the air, every fish that swims in water, every leaf on trees mentions Allah. The only being that does not mention Him is man, who is heedless.
A teacher ordered his students in order to test them: "Bring me a flower each." The students scattered and returned after a while with a flower in the hand of each of them. However, one of the students brought a flower with a broken stalk. He was the student that teacher liked the most and the other students were jealous of him. When they saw him, they condemned him by saying, "Look at him! He has brought a flower with a broken stalk. The teacher accepted the flowers from his students one by one. When his best student came, he asked, "Why have you brought a flower with a broken stalk?" He replied, "O teacher! Every flower that I wanted to pick was mentioning Allah. Only this one was not mentioning Him. Therefore, I picked it."
A flower mentions Allah as long as it is on the stalk. Everything in our house, from doors, windows, ceilings to lamps and carpets, glorify Allah. You can say, "Why do we not hear this dhikr?" They make dhikr with their own tongues. As a matter of fact, the following is stated at the end of the verse: "…and yet ye understand not how they declare His glory."
That is, everything glorifies Allah but the glorification of each being is different. For instance, the glorification of a living plant is not the same as its glorification when it dries. From this point of view, to harm plants unnecessarily means to prevent their glorification.
However, when it is necessary, it is permissible to cut them and use them for other things. For instance, to feed animals with them, to prune them, to cut trees in order to make something.
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